Deep Purple unleash first single ‘Portable Door’ from upcoming album ‘=1’

"Throughout Deep Purple’s history, our best songs have always been those that were written in no time at all. We’ve played what felt good and developed songs as we have always done."
30 April 2024
Photo by Jim Rakete

Legendary rock band Deep Purple has dropped the first single, Portable Door, from their highly anticipated studio album =1 today.

Accompanying the release is the premiere of the music video for Portable Door. Directed by Leo Feimer and produced by the Berlin-based agency Mutter & Vater, the video captures Deep Purple against the backdrop of the album artwork, showcasing the band’s essence as they perform together on stage.

The album title =1 reflects Deep Purple’s philosophy of unity amidst complexity, promising a resonant offering that echoes their five-decade-spanning hard rock legacy. Produced once again by the iconic Bob Ezrin, =1 stays true to the pure classic Deep Purple sound without relying on nostalgia.

Guitarist Simon McBride shed light on the sonic direction of the album in a recent interview, stating, “The new album will reflect what the five of us create in the rehearsal room. Many of the songs, like ‘Portable Door’, were written in the first sessions and literally came together in 5 or 10 minutes. It all was so easy and natural.”

Frontman Ian Gillan emphasized the organic nature of Deep Purple’s songwriting process, adding, “Throughout Deep Purple’s history, our best songs have always been those that were written in no time at all. We’ve played what felt good and developed songs as we have always done.”

To celebrate the album release, Deep Purple will embark on their =1MORE TIME tour, performing over 60 concerts worldwide this year. With three consecutive No.1 albums and a resurgent new energy, Deep Purple stands at their pinnacle. Their previous studio album, Whoosh! reached #1 on album charts in 7 countries and top 10 in 12 others.

=1 is set to release on July 19th via earMUSIC in various formats, including Ltd. CD+DVD (Digipak), CD (Jewelcase), 2LP Gatefold (black, 180g), and more, all featuring exclusive bonus content. Exclusive items are also available via the official album store, including limited edition LPs, cassettes, signed canvases, and merchandise.

Deep Purple’s impact on rock music is immeasurable. With over 100 million albums sold and a legacy of global arena shows, they’ve earned titles like the 5th Most Influential Band Ever by Planet Rock. Recognized with honors like the Legend Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Deep Purple reigns as rock royalty.

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Fans can now stream the track and receive it as an instant gratification with all =1 download pre-orders.

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=1 MORE TIME UK TOUR DATES

MONDAY 4TH NOV                BIRMINGHAM RESORTS WORLD ARENA

WEDNESDAY 6TH NOV         THE O2 LONDON

THURSDAY 7TH NOV             LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA

SATURDAY 9TH NOV              MANCHESTER AO ARENA

SUNDAY 10th NOV                  GLASGOW OVO ARENA

Tickets are available at deeppurple.com.