Portugal. The Man was formed in 2004 in Wasilla, Alaska. Its founders John Gourley and Zachary Carothers began working together back in high school. At the beginning of 2002, they formed a group Anatomy of the Ghost, which performed all over the United States and released an album, Evanesce. Even though the group had big potential, it fell apart in 2004.
After Anatomy of the Ghost disbanded, Gourley and Carothers decided to continue working together. They were joined by a keyboardist Wesley Hubbard, who already had experience performing with other groups in Alaska. The newly formed trio moved to Portland, Oregon. Shortly, they came up with the band name Portugal. The Man. It’s worth noting that none of the members had any past history related to Portugal.
Initially, the group didn’t even have a drum set. In 2005, the artists released their first EP, Under Waves of the Brown Coat. The same year Jason Sechrist, a drummer, joined the group, improving the lineup.
In January 2006, the quartet released its first LP, Waiter: "You Vultures!, which prompted a mixed reaction from the critics. Soon, the musicians presented two small EPs, The Pines & the Devil and Devil Say I, I Say AIR. None of them made it into the charts.