Portugal. the Man talk about Grammy acceptance speech: “Yeah, I said, ‘Hail, Satan!'
“Unlike most pop stars, we don’t care. We have a responsibility to shake things up,” said bassist Zach Carothers in a recent interview on Louisville's 91.9 WFPK.
Last month, Portugal. the Man earned their first-ever Grammy Award, as their chart-topping single Feel It Still beat songs by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, The Chainsmokers, and Imagine Dragons to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The Alaskan rockers accepted their award during a pre-Grammys telecast, where frontman John Gourley pretended to wipe his behind with the award and bassist Zach Carothers infamously concluded their speech by proclaiming, “Hail, Satan!”
Since all this went down during the pre-Grammy telecast, it mostly got swept under the rug and didn't make too much noise. Now, in a recent interview with Kyle Meredith of Louisville’s 91.9 WFPK, Carothers spoke about their victory and the subsequent comments he made during the band’s acceptance speech. “Yeah, I said, ‘Hail, Satan!’ I thought it was something funny to say. Something I always wanted to do,” Carothers explained.
Carothers went on to offer a seemingly tongue-in-cheek take on the music industry and the power of the Illuminati. "The Illuminati doesn't really have as much power as people think they do in Hollywood. They do have the best parties. But as far as, like, getting ahead and deals with the devil, it's really not that great. It's just kind of a secret publishing company. They're like a PR firm that had their time, but they've kind of been watered down like so many things. The Illuminati had their moment,” he said half-jokingly.
“Unlike most pop stars, we don’t care,” Carothers continued. “We still open up our shows with [Metallica’s] For Whom the Bell Tolls’ We feel a responsibility in the pop world to bring back and show where we came from. We have a responsibility to shake things up,” he said defiantly.
However, this attitude hasn’t stopped PTM from embracing some aspects of their new-found fame — the fact that they are soon set to collaborate with some A-listers from the music world. “We got some cool things coming up,” Carothers revealed. “Once you get a hit song, a lot of people reach out. I’ve always wanted to do that. So many times we’ve come up with lyrics that are amazing but I can’t sing it, but if Rihanna can sing it, that would be amazing. We’ve done a couple of things and it’s pretty fun.”
The band is currently on the road supporting their latest album, Woodstock, and you can grab tickets to see them via StubHub.
Watch Portugal. the Man's Grammys acceptance speech and listen to the full interview below:
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