Porterville

Porterville

BandRock

"Porterville does lo-fi to perfection." - Rolling Stone "To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware." - David Byrne

Biography

“They supported us on our first US tour, and we all just stood there watching them and said to each other, ‘They’re the best band we’ve ever seen!’” Eddie Argos, Art Brut

“We’ve played with a lot of bands -- Radiohead, REM, PJ Harvey -- and Porterville is the best band we’ve ever played with.” Dick Valentine, Electric 6

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PORTERVILLE, California, population 38,795. Senior year of high school, Matthew White came across a four-track tape that classmate Samuel Bottoms had self-recorded and produced under the band name Leotard. Matt loved the music and phoned Sam. That night they wrote and recorded five songs before sunrise. After Matt met drummer Brian Fowler in a Wal-Mart parking lot, the trio came together and PORTERVILLE was born.

Los Angeles, California, population 3,849,368. PORTERVILLE reconvenes, continuing to evolve and refine its sound. With their rousing danceathon live show, PORTERVILLE has built a large and growing fan base (“Supporterville”) in Los Angeles and beyond, earning consistent airplay on L.A.’s influential Indie 103.1 in the process. The band has played shows with Blondie, the B-52s, Art Brut, Violent Femmes, Electric 6, No Age, Matt Costa, Daniel Lanois, Under the Influence of Giants, etc. The new self-titled PORTERVILLE album features big fan and Brit-rock hero Eddie Argos of Art Brut, who cameos with the lead vocal on Overfloatin’.

PORTERVILLE writes, records and produces its own music. The lyrics are poetic and heartfelt. You'll dance and think and remember and feel. The band's influences range from Prince to Pavement. Fine Street (featured in the film Fever Pitch) combines the stalker terror of Silence of the Lambs’ Buffalo Bill with the dance-rock beat of Talking Heads. The music of The Who and the poetry of Walt Whitman inspire the epic Apollo Says. Overfloatin’ echoes the heart-on-sleeve vulnerability of Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything, joined with a wall-of-sound worthy of Bowie’s Heroes.

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Lyrics

Fine Street

Written By: Matthew White / Samuel Bottoms

Hey, guess who!
Well, here’s a little clue
Remember Saturday night?
That’s right, you looked fine
I saw you stand in line
I kept you locked in my sights

Something there was tellin’ me that I should get your number
So I got it from your friend who thought I was a guy you knew
So I thought I’d call you to facilitate a rendezvous
I know you live around here, really like to pick you up

I’ll be the one that pulls up in the yellow truck
Look at the punk in the yellow truck
I’ll be the one that pulls up in the yellow truck
Check out in front for my yellow truck

I’m gonna pick you up on Fine Street, baby, tonight
I know you’re livin’ up on Fine Street (Fine Street!)
And when I pick you up on Fine Street, baby, tonight
You’re gonna get to know my Frankenstein
‘Cause, baby, you so…

F-I-N-E! F-I-N-E!

What’s your name?
It should be Taylor Dayne
Or maybe Matty like mine
That’s right, my name’s Matt!
How do you think of that?
I think you like it just fine (F-I-N-E)

Something there was tellin’ me that I should get your number
So I got it from your friend who thought I was a guy you knew
So I thought I’d call you to facilitate a rendezvous
I know you live around here, really like to pick you up

I’ll be the one that pulls up in the yellow truck
Look at the hunk in the yellow truck
I’ll be the one that pulls up in the yellow truck
Check out in front for my yellow truck

I’m gonna pick you up on Fine Street, baby, tonight
I know you’re livin’ up on Fine Street (Fine Street!)
And when I pick you up on Fine Street, baby, tonight
You’re gonna get to know my Frankenstein
‘Cause, baby, you so…

I saw a man with a mask in my mirror tonight
That man was me!

Fine Street!

I’m gonna pick you up on Fine Street, baby, tonight

F-I-N-E! F-I-N-E!

Discography

"Porterville" - self-titled LP