- Posted on Sep 5th 2008 2:30PM by Benjy Eisen
While Portland's -- by way of Alaska -- Portugal the Man gears up for the release of their latest disc, 'Censored Colors,' later this month, frontman John Gourley is getting political on the band's website.
In an essay detailing growing up in the Alaskan wild, titled 'Palin, Because We Don't Need It,' Gourley writes about the first time his dad took him hunting. With a moose squarely in the rifle's line of fire, his father didn't pull the trigger, explaining to his son that they weren't going to kill the animal "because we don't need it."
Gourley reminisces about living in the wilderness town of 5,000 residents under the jurisdiction of then-mayor, now VP-candidate Sarah Palin. Discussing her actions and beliefs, he ultimately concludes that, like the moose, "we don't need it."
"We don't need a wolf in sheep's clothing," he writes, "or a sheep in wolves clothing, depending on how you look at it. She has billed her self as this overly average 'hockey mom' and it is just not what I see. I see the sport hunter, the censor, choice taker, the revelations reader and the high school cheerleader. It is endlessly embarrassing to watch people fall all over this idea. This is not my Alaska. The Alaska I know."
Beyond politics, Portugal the Man embarks on a worldwide tour next week that returns to the States in October, in support of 'Censored Colors.' Because we might not need it, but we sure do like it.