Sometime ago after discovering Morning Benders and sampling some other Bay area indie bands, we settled on Port O’Brien as our fave of the bunch, squarely on the back of the ramshackle, chanted charge of “I Woke Up Today,” the weary “Fisherman’s Son,” the rocker “Close The Lid.” Over a year later, we finally memorialize the O’Brien love with a look at new tune “Stuck On A Boat,” from the band’s forthcoming, proper debut All We Could Do Was Sing. Ports, ships, nautical themes abound, and “Stuck” continues on both that thread as well as the band’s love for spirited looks at run-down heroes, raw emotions, all through a scuffed jangle.

Port O'Brien

That’s good, but “I Woke Up Today” is great. It’s a brand new iteration of a tune that’s floated around plenty, so even if you have it in your iTunes, this is today’s must-grab:

All We Could Do Was Sing is out this May. The band’s had songs out in all sorts of formats over the past while (including last year’s The Wind And The Swell, compiling EPs of material), so here’s a look at the forthcoming album’s tracklist:

01 “I Woke Up Today”
02 “Stuck On A Boat”
03 “Fisherman’s Son”
04 “Don’t Take My Advice”
05 “Alive For Nothing”
06 “Pigeonhold”
07 “Will You Be There?”
08 “The Rooftop Song”
09 “In Vino Veritas”
10 “Close The Lid”
11 “Valdez”

Where they shall port:

03/01 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord $
03/06 San Luis Obisbo, CA – Steynberg Gallery$
03/07 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour%
03/08 San Diego, CA – The Casbah$
03/10 Phoenix, AZ – Modified$
03/12-03/16 Austin TX (SXSW)
03/19 St. Louis, MO – The Bluebird$
03/21 Chicago, IL – TBA
03/25 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool$
03/26 New York, NY – Pianos$
03/27 Washington DC – DC9$
03/28 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506$
^ w/ Nada Surf
$ w/ Delta Spirit
% w/ Delta Spirit and The Virgins

Comments (13)
  1. chris  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    its about time you posted on these guys. Saw them with nada surf recently and they blew them off the stage!

  2. bombers mcgee  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    Ahhhh Port O’Brien. I love this band!!! saw their amazing show at maxwells. can’t wait to see them in march!

  3. jen-nay  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    these guys were incredibly fun live when i saw them open for rogue wave, actually stole the show. the songs are awesome!

  4. babyshredder  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    Yes, they are so badass live, I’m stalking them at SXSW! Cannot wait to check out the new album!!

  5. i am a giraffe  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    i just saw port o’brien last wknd in SF-they blew me away. can’t wait to see them again at noisepop and I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS ALBUM!

  6. Darth James  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    I saw these guys with Cave Singers and they stole the show then too. Great live band! This song is killer too. Stoked for the new album!

  7. jacob  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    they’re pretty damn good….but down in saturines is def. the best band in the bay.

  8. Shane  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    I have the same argyle sweater. It’s from Target.

  9. Abe  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    The chick with the long blonde hair is fucking hot.

  10. margaret  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    everyone has that sweater now… target 5-dollar sweaters for life! but the band is seriously amazing!!! their blog is awesome too.

  11. jacob  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2008 0

    this song builds! This is damn good….

  12. allen  |   Posted on Feb 6th, 2008 0

    i fell in love with them after seeing them open up for rogue wave. i found this older version of i woke up today called simple way over at this link

    quite a contrast

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