There is no doubt that Portugal. The Man have been influenced by T. Rex. Not only is singer John Gourley’s voice reminiscent of the vocal stylings of Marc Bolan but a song like “Got It All”, our favorite off their last album, clearly takes its inspiration from the glam rockers.
When the band visited our studios last year for a live set on Morning Becomes Eclectic (with a string section!), we decided to take it to the next level and asked them to record a T. Rex cover. They decided on “Main Man” and you can see the results below and check out a short video where Gourley talks to DJ Dan Wilcox about the recording. He also ruminates on how he discovered T. Rex and what he loves about them here.