On February 9, multi-platinum and Grammy-award winning rock band Portugal The Man return with a powerful new single, “What, Me Worry?” This is the first official release from the band’s highly anticipated 9th studio album, which will be released this June.
“What, Me Worry?” is produced by Jeff Bhasker, who has worked with Kanye West and Harry Styles, and Ryan Tedder, who has worked with Adele and Beyoncé. This new single is also accompanied by a cinematic official music video starring the band, directed by Los Güeyes.
On the inspiration behind “What, Me Worry?”, guitarist and lead singer John Gourley shares, “While recording this album and hanging in LA, we got into a conversation with Jeff Bhasker and Ryan Tedder about how much we missed laughter. The last few years it’s been so easy to forget the fun in what we do. We talked about childhood memories of laughing at the world and ourselves while flipping through Mad Magazine. We missed those days and remembered that we all make music. So we took that afternoon to make a song about it.”
This new single arrives as the Alaska-born, Portland-based rockers prepare for their upcoming 34-date North American tour alongside alt-J, set to kick off Feb 25 with support from Sir Chloe and Cherry Glazerr. The tour includes a stop at LA’s Crypto.com Arena on March 27, as well as a show at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden on April 11. On February 23, the band will be making their television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The band is also celebrating the upcoming run with the launch of their PTM’s NIGHT OUT initiative: supporting disabled fans requiring ADA access. To find more information about these events, check out the official PTM website.
You can watch Portugal The Man’s music video for “What, Me Worry?” on YouTube here.