While most people know that Portishead come from Bristol, but that the trio has their own band name originally borrowed from a homonymous small town in the region, the only know the least. Established in 1991, because the producer and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow wanted to make "interesting music" in his own words, "the forever a place in the record collections of people certainly has" not only the music world was her "dummy" -Debütalbum of 1994 revolutionize, but just realize this intention: terms such as "trip-hop" and "Downtempo Electronica" suddenly began circulating impacts of psychedelic music met jazz set pieces and electronic sounds and merged with the deep mournful voice of singer Beth Gibbons to gefühl- and often painful whole. Since then, this "dummy" in very different music lovers a place on the shelves safely.
17 years have passed since Gibbons founder of the Project life together with Barrow and Adrian Utley. At that time they had at first only a short film called "To Kill A Dead Man" soundtrack including planned when them a recording contract from Go! Beat Records was offered - and since they are regarded as the epitome of "trip-hop"; a dubious name creation, incidentally, the Portishead (and many others) have always refused.
"Numb" was the title of the first single from "dummy", and "dazed" (not "callous") were finally many fans: dazed by the darkly sluggish and beguiling arrangements and also enthusiastic about the new sound. Despite a strict rejection of the press, the album was not only in Europe but also in the United States a huge success: 150,000 albums were sold across the Atlantic, as Gibbons Co. competed her first tour in the US. Besides the two hit singles "Glory Box" and "Sour Times", brought "dummy" of the band yet another honor: They won in 1995 the prestigious Mercury Awards. Coinciding chose German press organs such as the Spex and Visions the band's debut on the sixth place of the annual charts or # 2 in the "most important albums of the nineties." The international triumphs nothing seemed to stand in the way.
After this initial success, however, Portishead subjected for three years back to work quietly on the second album: "Portishead" in 1997 emerged from these sessions. Probably the most important difference from the predecessor was that the trio in this case often grossed even the instruments and then used these recordings as sample material. The result was a clear harscherer sound that the fans but no less exciting found: So the single "All Mine" landed again in the UK Top 10, and this album is a milestone of the nineties.
After Portishead had played a pioneering live show with the New York Philharmonic, appeared in the following year their live album "Roseland NYC Live". Thereafter, it became increasingly quiet around the trio, and the three members focused more and more on other projects: Barrow went to remix business (including Gravediggaz, Paul Weller
, Primal Scream) and published on his Invada label bands like Amusement Parks on Fire; Singer Gibbons published the critically acclaimed and audience alike "Out of Season" album with Rustin man (Paul Webb) in 2002. New music of Portishead did not exist for the time being.
Only in February 2005 was the band after a seven year hiatus on stage; for a benefit concert in Bristol, which was held for the victims of the tsunami disaster. Even then, three years ago, ie, Barrow made first hints regarding a third studio album. In August 2006, finally appeared new material: However, there were only two demo songs that they released on their MySpace page. The cover of Gainsbourg's "Un Jour Comme un Autre (Requiem for Anna)", which was included on the album "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited", finally let hope that actually would be followed by further recordings.
Which brings us to "Third", the third official album of Portishead, would. It is the third album in a total of 17 years of band history. Already last October announced the still existing in the old line-band that the album would be released in April of 2008. Five of the eleven pieces they presented at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival last December in Minehead. The audience was excited. While the title of each song are secret still, however, is already clear that "Third" will be a total of 49 minutes and 13 seconds. Never before have so much desire made more information four digits.