Portugal. the Man, who have been releasing albums every year since their formation in 2004, have long been a fixture on the alternative charts, but the “Feel It Still” earworm is giving them a taste of mainstream success. The playful funk song—which sampled The Marvelettes’ 1961 hit “Please Mr. Postman”—was a summer festival favorite, and it’s been on the playlists of many a Shazamed listener.
USA TODAY spoke to lead singer John Gourley about how the song came to be, and what it has meant for the band, which had never quite broken through into the Top 40 before this hit. He also talked about the origins of his favorite line: “It might be over now / But I feel it still.”
The groovy track is a dance-floor jam, and its music video features footage of a woman dancing in the rain and a man holding his wife close. The clip was directed by the band’s guitarist and co-founder Adam Holtzman and filmed in downtown Los Angeles. It also features shots of a bar, a junkyard and a couple making out in a car.
The song’s horn section and percussion add to its funk-inflected sound, but the most important element may be the lyrics. They’re a call for people to live life fully, even in the face of obstacles. It’s a reminder to resist the establishment and always keep fighting for what’s right. Gourley tells us that he hopes the track inspires people to find their own path, whatever it might be.