MIKE PORTOGHESE

IN 2010 I STARTED A BAND.

THE DYING ARTS

Mike Portoghese | Simon Poole | Joe Torchia | Daniel Scuglia

"the fury of Fugazi and early Nirvana meets the somber ambient soundscapes of later Radiohead."

- VICE (NOISEY)

RELEASES

In 2012 We recorded some songs with producer, Michael Norberg at Mushroom Studios, resulting in our first release: 'Authentic' & 'No Pain'.

Authentic / No Pain

(2013) Independant

"the energy of early 90s Seattle cut with the attitude of Radiohead.

- Alan Cross

We went back into the studio with producer, Jon Drew to make an album. It would become our debut self-titled EP.

VICE/NOISEY premiered it.

The Dying Arts EP

(2014) Independant

We marked the occasion with a
sold out release show at the Horseshoe

SATURDAY JUNE 7, 2014

'Bed Spins' hit #4 on Sirius/XM Radio

We then signed with the largest
booking agency in the country.

At The Agency Group (United Talent Agency) w/ booking agent, Adam Kreeft and our publicist Cristina Fernandez

Our
shows
got
bigger.

We Toured

October 23, 2015
'You Had it Coming' was released in stores
across Canada via Culvert / Universal

You Had it Coming

(2015) Culvert/Universal

OFFICAL VIDEOS

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Authentic

Music Video (2013)

In 2012 I was directing one of my last music videos and had a film-truck full of gear booked for an extra day so with little planning we ended up with our video.

Bed Spins

Music Video (2014)

In late 2014 we found out our song had been added to SIRIUS/XM Radio with less than a week before we left on tour of Eastern Canada, so my friend came by our jam room with a RED camera and we shot this.   

[A nod to 90’s music videos shot on film,  broadcasted in SD and taped on VHS and the played out] 

I finished the cut on my laptop in the back of our tour van and posted it from Moncton, NB.

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Liar (2015)

This video is kinda fucked up.  Dark.

LIVE VIDEOS

Alice Practice

Live @ NOW Magazine (2013)

In 2013 NOW Magazine asked us to contribute a song for their series, “50 best Toronto bands cover 50 of the best Toronto albums.”  We were #47 and we were left to choose a song from Rush 2012, K’naan or Crystal Castles.  We then had only 48 hours to come up with this arrangement and rehearse it before filming.

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Scratch

Live @ The Horseshoe (2014)

On the eve of our first album’s release and headlining the legendary Horseshoe Tavern on a Saturday night.  This was the last song of the night.

Control

Live @ The Verge Radio (SIRIUS/XM 2015)

We were invited by The Verge to come in for an interview and performance by host, Drew Khan who was pivotal in getting “Bed Spins” added to heavy rotation rotation.

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