The Portugal psych-pop group, The Gift is setting their sights on the US. For seventeen years, the totally DIY band has built a rabid fanbase in their native country, and all over Europe, without the aid of a major label, booking agent, or management company. Not bad, considering they’re one of the top-selling artists in Portugal (and Europe!). The band has a rich history, having released five studio albums to date. They’ve also shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest artists, including The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire, all while topping charts worldwide.
The band recently shared a video off their new album, Explode, which will be released in the US on September 27th via their own imprint, La Folie. The single “The Race Is Long” was filmed earlier this summer in New York with acclaimed director TONE, with portions of it shot at Bowery Ballroom. The band will be heading back to the U.S. in October, performing at FILTER’s Culture Collide Festival at The Echoplex in L.A. on October 7th