The Portlands

The Portlands

 Manchester, England, GBR
BandRockFolk

Hate to use such cliches, but Guns 'n' Roses meets Bright Eyes. Our songs tend to work towards a powerful climax - Melodic tom-filled drumbeats, a very powerful vocal backed by numerous harmonies give us anthemic focal points. Distorted riffs blended with soulful guitar tones and creative basslines.

Biography

The Portlands formed in 2009 and have toured the world with their distinct brand of Folk/Rock. After sharing studio time with Elbow only three months into their formation at Blueprint Studios, they went on to play some of the most prestigious venues in the country on their first UK Tour, and finished with a 15,000 capacity crowd festival date at the end of summer 2010. Press coverage, interviews and radio play followed, including interest from Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes/co-founder of Saddlecreek Records, Omaha; and ex-Joe Satriani drummer Jonathan Mover. The summer of 2010 ended with a trip to Skyline Studios over in NYC to work with producer Nick Miller. The band laid down 10 full tracks and 10 acoustic tracks in just over 7 days, some of which partially recorded seperately in England and sent back across the Atlantic Ocean. "Peace, Love, Soul" is set to release early 2011. We are The Portlands, thank you.

Lyrics

The Old Ways

Written By: Dook Dootson

When all these bottles,
Bring you down,
The skin on your fingers
is much harder now,
than the days that you spent,
idling around,
You never dreamed,
Your feet could leave the ground.

Those old feelings,
Them old ways,
A picture in time
That wont repeat again,
Restrain yourself
with cognitive lies,
That will force you
To forget your life.

You're holding out,
The air hangs still
You're flashing hot,
The walls are closing in,
This mind will take
all that you have known
every day that you postpone.

Them old dreams,
Those old pains,
Have melted down
Into cold steel chains,
You sold your freedom,
Trying to live with your heart,
But now you know,
What they were singing about.

You're holding out,
The air hangs still
You're flashing hot,
The walls are closing in,
This mind will take
all that you have known
every day that you postpone.

Oh free me please mind,
That drowned all my tears,
The moon shines tonight,
To quake all my fears,
All my nightmares they live
All these monsters wont die
They will carry on for the rest of my life,

I'm shaking now,
Breaking now,
But my heart is so true,
See I'll never be,
Rid of you

And I know it was my fault,
I will know to the end,
But there's no looking back
So I'll march on ahead.

Amelia

Written By: Dook Dootson

Oh Amelia
You've been living in your dreams,
Whilst your soul is fading away.

And I know you,
After building up this life,
Where else could you reside?

I watch you fading
You try to pass the time,
Bored as your life leaves you behind.

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But then last night you ran away,
From the cell in your fevered brain...
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Because you flushed it out,
of your rotting veins,
and soldered up the sores again
connecting your brain to the truth
Amelia I sware I'll help you.
Amelia I am true.
But we've many more miles to go,
till we're free.

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Oh Amelia,
These days will be hard,
But you will reach the other side.

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Woahhhhh Amelia,
You've escaped the hold they had on you,
Your days of sadness are through
Woahhhhh Amelia,
You'll live free forever more,
Till the day your taste comes back too strong.

Since it Came

Written By: Dook Dootson

Since it came,
Our savings have bottomed out.
There's no work going, there's nothing for the bills.
And we've lost
Our lovelly old house
And we're sharing with 3 strange families

But at least
We've time for eachother now
Time to speak and laugh and cry all day
And maybe
It's not so bad afterall
Because once you take those 'things' away
Once you stay in bed all day
Once you go to leave but just stay.
You are true.

You were lost
In fairytales and spending
You wanted everything your magpie eyes could see
And when it's gone
Well you're no worse off.
A little more feeling,
With less animosity

And the days
Well they just drift on by
As we float
Down the river toward the sea
And I sware i'll try
my best to do you right,
so if we tour this country
or if we travel overseas
or if you just stay in this town with me
I'll be happy.

Sunshine & Stars

Written By: Dook Dootson

You were the star in the cold winter sky
Your hands like ice, pressed onto mine,
When i found you,
I knew it was you.

I was the sunlight that looked you back
Into your eyes i stared and held you close
Said i'd protect you,
All you had to do was ask

#
Cause I'll be your sunshine
And you, you'll be my star,
And we'll rise up together, far
#

Now summers arrived and you're fading away
Your hands off mine no longer needing security
I've lost you,
To some other star, more like you

So i just hope you're happy and safe and warm,
I hope he gives you everything you need to grow
And protects you,
He must be a better man than I

#
Cause I'd be your sunshine
And you, you'd be my star,
And we'd rise up together, far
#

Noctilucent

Written By: Dook Dootson

Oh noctilucent you're true to me,
In the nights I love you, but in the days I just can't see
When I'm blinded by your light

You are a rare one, you're so high in the skies,
Appearing with such beauty, but for such a short while,
Then when you leave, it all goes dark,
Why can't you stay

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Well the world may spin,
And the oil may dry
But the people here well,
They'll be waiting by,
For the sand to spill from the hourglass

While the Earth it is burning,ç
The wheels keep on turning,
The pinstripers arning,
The people are yearning for death,
'Cause it's all that they have left.
It's all they have

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The twilight shines, so I'm feeling alright,
The people are all inside and out of sight,
So I slip to catch a glimpse

At first glance, it seemed so pure,
But under the surface, there's darkness to ensure
That you'll never be free again..
From this life...

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Well the world may spin,
And the oil may dry
But the people here well,
They'll be waiting by,
For the sand to spill from the hourglass

While the Earth it is burning,ç
The wheels keep on turning,
The pinstripers arning,
The people are yearning for death,
'Cause it's all that they have left.
It's all they have

Discography

November 2009 - Escapades EP
Recorded at Blueprint Studios in Manchester with Gary Hadfield. Played on UK local radio stations. Announced on National stations (BBC.)

January 2010 - The March EP
Recorded with Paul Maddocks at Futureworks in Manchester. Recieved similar airplay.

April 2010 - For Amilia EP
Mixture of self recorded tracks. Recieved Manchester airplay.

January 2011 - Peace, Love, Soul EP.
Recorded August 2010 at Skyline Studios, NYC, with Nick Miller. Due for 6 single release commencing January 2011 to June 2011 finalised with EP release in June with DVD footage, custom artwork, vinyl, etc.