Top 52 Quotes of John Gourley

When we were kids, my favorite thing was coming to upstate New York where my family is from and hanging out with my grandparents’ friends pre-Internet and them asking if we had stores or ‘Do you have TV in Alaska?’

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We’ve always done what we do, and we go out and try and get better with each record we make.

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We went to Japan and stayed an extra day just to go shopping. New York is one of those places where we never get that. If we’re there, we’re working.

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We tour, we do the distance from friends and family, not really knowing how to connect with people on the same level. I’ve understood now, as much as we tour, we live day-to-day, so our lives are much different than the people who stay at home and go home every night.

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We started playing music because of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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We grew up in Alaska and will rep The North Face all day long.

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To me, sci-fi has the most amazing style.

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To be an artist that is fully original, it doesn’t exist.

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There’s no making art for art’s sake. You’ve got to make the best art you can.

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There are some athletes who I feel like are just looking for likes, and then there are people who are just real.

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The worst gift I have ever gotten on Christmas is going to see Tim Allen in ‘The Santa Clause.’

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The period in the name – huge mistake, I know. We didn’t think about that. We never thought we were going to be written up in magazines. The second we saw it in print, like, what a mistake, man.

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That’s really important in a producer – a producer that can step up and play a keyboard, play a bass, play a guitar, and help you with things instead of just saying, ‘I think this could be better.’

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Some New York bands you’ll see rocking Ones or Dunks and things like that, but it is weird that the sneakerhead thing has become so massive. Personally, I think it’s really silly.

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Right after we recorded ‘Satanic Satanist’ and ‘American Ghetto’ here in Boston, we decided we’d grow our hair out. This is – was – like the Beatles thing. I wanted to see these pictures later in life.

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Portland is where all the fringe groups went to escape. Where the outliers brought that DIY, punk rock attitude and made the city their own.

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Poor Ron Paul. He means well. He really does. But there’s something about him. I don’t know what it is. From falling victim to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno to that old-man shuffle, he just seems like kind of a… like kind of a sissy.

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Nike is obviously more sporty than Adidas. I always associate Adidas with Beastie Boys and Run-DMC.

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My first concert was Pantera.

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My favourite piece of music is actually ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ as a whole. For me, it’s the most perfect and brilliant example of rock song writing.

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My dad just left high school in ’69, went to Woodstock, and after half a year of college for architecture, just took off for Alaska. He bought a van and went straight into the mountains and built a cabin.

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My dad just decided that he wanted to race sled dogs, and when he did that, he took us out of Wasilla, and we never really went back.

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My dad builds houses, and, for the earlier portion of my life anyway, we moved around quite a bit. It took us to some just really amazing places.

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Money messes up everything. It ruins art. The second you start putting price tags on this stuff, it’s… Art isn’t for just the wealthy. It’s for everybody to enjoy.

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Miles Davis and Felonious Monk, they’re both great artists who enhance things.

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Mental health is personal for our whole band. As touring musicians, self-care can quickly become make it or break it on the road.

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Levis are my go-to. Plain crew necks and jeans.

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I’ve never been the type of person that puts things on a shelf or, like, needs to clean my sneakers every day. I just wear what I like.

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I’ve always been into thrifting. I’m a fan of finding unique pieces and having them tailored or altered.

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It’s so perfectly Alaska to be like, ‘Dad we’re going to the Grammys,’ and for him to be like, ‘Oh, well that’s great, Johnny. All right, gotta go back to work.’

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It’s silly to me to not be positive about rock advancing and growing. Really, we just want rock n’ roll to be mainstream.

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I’m just not into the shady side of the music industry. Give credit where credit’s due.

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If you don’t have negative experiences, you have no way to gauge the positive ones, and you have no way to deal with it.

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I was a shy kid growing up, and I liked the idea of playing under this alter ego: like, I could be Ziggy Stardust, but I also knew I could never be Ziggy Stardust.

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I think we’re pretty spiritual people, the band in general. We’re not a bunch of hippies or anything like that, but we like to work together and work with people. We believe that positive energy is pretty necessary in life, although it’s not always easy to maintain.

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I think there are really great movements happening in Portland. It’s nice being in a place that supports itself and stands on its own.

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I see a lot of people say you just make the music you wanna make and just love what you do, and that is what we do, but I wanna write the best songs we can.

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I love Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who are from New Zealand, living in Portland.

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I love running and good running shoes.

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I like work, I like song writing, and I like the history of Atlantic Records. They’ve sat in the studio with so many artists – like Ray Charles, for example – and created something amazing. As a label, they seem to be great at growing bands rather than telling you how to do it.

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I grew up in Alaska, okay? My dad graduated high school and went straight to the mountains. He had $300 and staked a claim. He didn’t even have enough to put a title on the land: just had the records that he bought before he moved.

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I feel like rock n’ roll has become very tame.

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Growing up, the only acts that came to us in Alaska were the big ones. The Mariah Careys.

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Growing up, I just always doodled, which is the worst word for it. I would just draw things in class, get yelled at by my teachers, get my drawings taken away. That stuff happened all the time.

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Getting nominated for a Grammy is as high as it gets for us.

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For the people that don’t know it, we’ve had members come and go from this band since the beginning. It’s always been about collaboration, and it’s been about just playing music with our friends.

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‘Feel It Still’ came around pretty much as organically as you can put a song together.

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Being robbed is a really great way of editing your belongings.

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Basically, great directors know how to combine music with the scenes that they are working on.

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As much as we love an excuse to dress up, the red carpet is not the place.

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As a songwriter, it’s good to have criticism, and I like objective opinions.

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A country is an individual in the world that represents a group of people, so I decided we would name our band after a country, and Portugal happened to be the one that popped up.

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