On Monday (November 20), Rolling Stone published a piece on Portugal. The Man‘s performance at the 2017 American Music Awards. It takes unnecessary digs at the opening scenes on the video wall behind the band. The screens temporarily read “NO COMPUTERS UP HERE, JUST LIVE INSTRUMENTS,” a sentiment that they have long promoted.
Apparently writer Maura Johnson took exception with the concept of a band playing their instruments without backing tracks. Johnson said that it “came off as mean-spirited and, well, kind of silly, given that their stage setup was laden with synthesizers and pedals that are powered by… oh, why spoil it.”
The writer did not do her research, something that Portugal. The Man points out in their lengthy post to Instagram. They responded, “If you think that we were implying that music made on laptops is not real music than you clearly haven’t done your homework. That to me is embarrassing. You’re writing a piece for the BIGGEST name in music (RS, not us) and this just comes off as lazy and ignorant. Did you really not understand what “No Computers Up Here” meant? Do you really think we don’t respect electronic music?”
Read the full response, and watch a video of their performance of “Feel It Still,” below.
Dear @maurajohnston Look, you can tear us apart or try to ruin us or whatever this is but please PLEASE don’t ruin the good name of @rollingstone while doing so. Please do your research. Understand that this band is out here because of what this magazine represented to all of us growing up. If you think that we were implying that music made on laptops is not real music than you clearly haven’t done your homework. That to me is embarrassing. You’re writing a piece for the BIGGEST name in music (RS, not us) and this just comes off as lazy and ignorant. Did you really not understand what “No Computers Up Here” meant? Do you really think we don’t respect electronic music? This is Rolling Stone, not Pitchfork. We care about what RS represents and ya know what? I’m proud as hell of my band for playing the AMA’s with ZERO backing tracks. Yes, we take pride in that. Without a doubt. We are a rock band, not a pop act and we played our instruments just as we said we would. We project that same sign every night at every show to let our fans that they are getting a unique experience. It’s not out of disrespect but out of respect for our craft. If you respected your job the way we respect ours you wouldn’t have written this trash. Do not do this to us again @rollingstone we care about you too much. And Maura, SPOILER ALERT: It’s electricity ⚡️ZAP⚡️ edit: please do not attack or threaten Maura. That is not OK and we do not condone name calling or bullying. We have the right to weigh in on this and she is an adult that knows the power of her position. Comment here if you have something to say. Maura was obviously had a tight turn around and commented on a group she is clearly unfamiliar with. There is a responsibility by the online editor for Rolling Stone to catch this sort of thing. Do not comment on her personal profile.