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"Portishead" (IPA: ) is a trip hop band from Bristol, England, named after the small town of Portishead, 12 miles west of Bristol. With their use of live jazz samples and intentionally lo-fi sound, the band has been cited as influential by many modern musicians including underground producer Danger Mouse and videogame musician/producer Akira Yamaoka.

The band was formed in 1991, by keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow and singer Beth Gibbons. Barrow had previously worked with two other trip hop bands from Bristol, Massive Attack and Tricky, and decided to name his new endeavor after his hometown.

After releasing a short film (''To Kill a Dead Man'') and its accompanying music, Portishead signed a record deal with Go! Beat Records and their first album, ''Dummy'', was released in 1994, and featured heavy contributions from guitarist Adrian Utley. In spite of the band's aversion to press coverage, the album was successful in both Europe and the United States, spawning two hit singles, "Glory Box" and "Sour Times". Portishead has often been used as accompanying music in the media. Such examples incl...

Background group or band
Origin Bristol, England
Genre trip hop
Years active 1991 - present?
Associated acts Massive Attack, Tricky
website Official site
Current members Beth Gibbons Geoff Barrow Adrian Utley
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