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From the paper: “we’re a bit of a sleeping dragon”

Geoff Barrow from Portishead on the band’s plans for future recordings and their first Irish performance in 17 years


Tue, Aug 5, 2014, 14:07


There are some artists you’re always happy to talk to. Two years ago, I spoke to Geoff Barrow, the man from Portishead, who was at that time bringing his Krautrock trio BEAK> to Dublin for a show. 2012 was a busy year for Barrow, which saw albums from his hip-hop project Quakers, BEAK> and “Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega-City One”, a soundtrack-of-sorts for a mooted Judge Dredd film with composer Ben Salisbury. The one project which wasn’t on the radar then was what he refered to as “the P”.

Roll on 2014 and Portishead are on their way to Stradbally later this month for a show at the Electric Picnic, their first Irish performance in 17 years. Here’s Barrow talking about the current state of play with the band – and there are some hits from the archive below for good measure.