The other magic ingredient in the Portishead sound was the soulful, breathy presence of Beth Gibbons’ vocals.
The singer was already working with Barrow when Adrian joined the group – and the potent combination of their talents saw Portishead’s 1994 debut album, Dummy, go double-platinum and become the darkly enigmatic soundtrack to a nation’s post- club come-downs.
Although dormant for a time, Portishead are still very much a going concern, and played live shows in 2011. We ask Adrian if he embellishes on the records’ minimalist guitar lines in the live environment.
“No, we stick to it. The way we wrote it, or put it together, it works. And if you start pulling those bits apart and jamming, it doesn’t really have it any more. But over these many years, we’ve started to find space within that to make things glue a bit and develop things very slightly.”