LONDON (Billboard) - Portishead is back on the road, and
settling into life away from the studio.
But performing on stage doesn't come easy for most of the
reunited members of the British "trip-hop" act, who have just
begun a European tour to promote their upcoming third album,
the appropriately titled "Third." It marks their first studio
release since a self-titled effort in 1997.
"We've been immensely looking forward to touring. But we're
divided about it," Portishead's multi-instrumentalist founding
member Adrian Utley tells Billboard.com.
"(Singer) Beth (Gibbons) is really nervous about playing
live, and (instrumentalist) Geoff (Barrow) absolutely hates
playing live, and I love playing live."
It's safe to say that none of the British trio's core band
members embrace the hedonistic rock'n'roll lifestyle which
follow some road hogs like a bad smell.
"We don't really do any ritual before a gig. It's very
unspectacular," Utley admits. "Beth does a warm-up with her
tape. A few gins are drunk, and there's some strolling around
nervously behind the stage. And that's it. We go on."
The tour kicked off Wednesday at Oporto Coliseum in
Portugal, and will visit numerous venues across the continent
and the United Kingdom, before heading stateside for an April
26 date at the Coachella festival in southern California.
"Third" arrives April 28 internationally via Island and the
following day in the United States via Mercury. Fans can get a
taste of things to come at the band's MySpace page, which hosts
a stream of the new track "Machine Gun."
But don't expect any singles releases this time around.
"We're not really doing any singles. We see it as a whole
album," Utley says. "'Glory Box' was a single, and it did go in
the charts here. And I think 'Sour Times' did. But we've never
seen ourselves as a particularly singles-oriented band.
Especially now, it doesn't seem relevant."