The tour kicks off July 20 in the band’s home state of Alaska at Club Oasis in Anchorage, and will hit clubs around the U.S. and Canada through the end of August, including The Satyricon in Portland, Ore. (July 23), the Troubadour in West Hollywood (July 26), White Rabbit in San Antonio (July 31), Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Fla. (August 3), Alley Katz in Richmond, Va. (August 9), the Knitting Factory in New York (August 13), Beat Kitchen in Chicago (August 18), Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis (August 20) and El Corazon in Seattle (August 25).

Opening for Portugal. The Man July 23 – August 18 will be Russian Circles. For the rest of the tour, they’ll be accompanied by This Will Destroy You.

Portugal. The Man’s unique prog-punk sound has its roots in frontman John Baldwin Gourley’s abstract vision and unique upbringing. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was raised by parents who were a team of dog sled mushers in a remote log cabin on the outskirts of Wasilla, Alaska. The home was powered by a generator and had no phone.

Gourley and childhood friend bassist Zachary Scott Carothers formed the band in 2003, bringing in percussionist Jason Sechrist in 2005.

Besides the three core members, the band employs a rotating cast of guest musicans.

Gourley is also an accomplished visual artist, who created all the artwork for the new album as well as artwork for the band’s previous releases, tour posters, T-shirts and other items.

The band says Church Mouth, which is due out July 24, is a departure from 2006’s Waiter: You Vultures! The album’s lyrics center on political and religious imagery, and the sounds on the disc vary from the funky soul-prog feel of “Sugar Cinnamon,” to the psychedelic groove of “Oh Lord,” to more melody-driven rockers like the title track and “Children.”