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All Quotes by author - John Gourley
" A country is an individual in the world that represents a group of people, so I decided we would name our band after a country, and Portugal happened to be the one that popped up. "
" As a songwriter, it's good to have criticism, and I like objective opinions. "
" As much as we love an excuse to dress up, the red carpet is not the place. "
" Getting nominated for a Grammy is as high as it gets for us. "
" Growing up, the only acts that came to us in Alaska were the big ones. The Mariah Careys. "
" I feel like rock n' roll has become very tame. "
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" I grew up in Alaska, okay? My dad graduated high school and went straight to the mountains. He had $300 and staked a claim. He didn't even have enough to put a title on the land: just had the records that he bought before he moved. "
" I like work, I like song writing, and I like the history of Atlantic Records. They've sat in the studio with so many artists - like Ray Charles, for example - and created something amazing. As a label, they seem to be great at growing bands rather than telling you how to do it. "
" I love running and good running shoes. "
" I see a lot of people say you just make the music you wanna make and just love what you do, and that is what we do, but I wanna write the best songs we can. "
" I think there are really great movements happening in Portland. It's nice being in a place that supports itself and stands on its own. "
" I think we're pretty spiritual people, the band in general. We're not a bunch of hippies or anything like that, but we like to work together and work with people. We believe that positive energy is pretty necessary in life, although it's not always easy to maintain. "
" It's so perfectly Alaska to be like, 'Dad we're going to the Grammys,' and for him to be like, 'Oh, well that's great, Johnny. All right, gotta go back to work.' "
" I've always been into thrifting. I'm a fan of finding unique pieces and having them tailored or altered. "
" Levis are my go-to. Plain crew necks and jeans. "
" Miles Davis and Felonious Monk, they're both great artists who enhance things. "
" My favourite piece of music is actually 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' as a whole. For me, it's the most perfect and brilliant example of rock song writing. "
" Nike is obviously more sporty than Adidas. I always associate Adidas with Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. "
" Portland is where all the fringe groups went to escape. Where the outliers brought that DIY, punk rock attitude and made the city their own. "
" There are some athletes who I feel like are just looking for likes, and then there are people who are just real. "
" The worst gift I have ever gotten on Christmas is going to see Tim Allen in 'The Santa Clause.' "
" To me, sci-fi has the most amazing style. "
" We grew up in Alaska and will rep The North Face all day long. "
" We went to Japan and stayed an extra day just to go shopping. New York is one of those places where we never get that. If we're there, we're working. "
" When we were kids, my favorite thing was coming to upstate New York where my family is from and hanging out with my grandparents' friends pre-Internet and them asking if we had stores or 'Do you have TV in Alaska?' "
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