Portishead is an English band that was formed on 1991 in Bristol, England that consisted with Beth Gibbons (singer, songwriter), Geoffrey Paul Barrow (disc jockey, producer, drummer), Adrian Utley (co-producer, composer) and Dave McDonald (sound Engineer). The band started with Beth and Geoff but later on Adrian joined the band together with Dave. They started in making Trip Hop, Alternative Rock, Electronica and Experimental rock music and their name was from the town 8 miles from Bristol called “Portishead”. They begin releasing in the year 1994 with their first debut album called “Dummy” on August 22, 1994 in which they won the Mercury Music Prize in 1995. It ranked as number 2 in UK Album Chart that became a Certified gold that sold 2 million copies all over Europe. After a while it was sold for about 825, 000 copies in UK and got Certified 2x Platinum.
Followed by their 2nd album with a self titled “Portishead” that was out on September 30, 1997 through Go!/London and produced by the band itself. It peaked as number 21 in Billboard 200 and it was recognized as number 18 in Album of the Year by Melody Maker and number 6 as 50 Best albums by Q. From 1999 to 2005 they were focused on solo career after they’ve recorded “Motherless Child” together with Tom Jones. After that it takes years for them to be reunited on one live show in Tsunami Benefit Concert that was held in Bristol. 3 years after, they released their 3rd album with the title “Third” on April 27, 2008 by Island Records in UK while Mercury Records in US as well as Universal Music Japan on Japan. Like their other albums, it also charted as number 2 in UK Albums Charts and number 7 in Billboards 200.
They received optimistic reviews from critics and also their name was spread all over the world along with their albums. Meanwhile, they performed in Exit Festivals, Benicassim Festival in Spain and Europe while Rockslide Festival and Paleo Festival in Germany. The band also conquered North America, Canada, Chicago, Los Angeles and many more to perform and shows their talents to their fans around the world. According to them, they will perform in Europe in the year 2014 during summer.