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Porcupine Tree

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Formed: 1987
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Porcupine Tree Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Porcupine Tree.

Interview

Steven Wilson Discusses His Heavier Side

Until now, Steven Wilson has led a life of musical schizophrenia. Best known as the singer-guitarist-songwriter-producer of Porcupine Tree, a progressive metal band signed to Atlantic records, Wilson has multiple musical personalities -- and multiple bands to house them all. Bass Communion, for instance, is an outlet for Wilson’s love of textural ambient music. Blackfield, a collaboration with Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, affords Wilson an opportunity to showcase his pop forte in a rock context. And No-Man, a long-running project with singer Tim Bowness, creates ambitious art-rock soundscapes.

As Wilson puts it, “Some days I wake up and want to make drone music. Some days I wake up and want to make pop music. Some days I wake up and want to make progressive music or heavy metal.”

The British musician has finally found a way to reconcile his disparate identities: a solo album. The just-released “Insurgentes” (K-Scope) showcases Wilson’s uncanny knack for crafting memorable hooks even as it serves as a portfolio for Wilson’s wide range of influences. With one conspicuous exception, that is. The death-metal riffage of recent Porcupine Tree records is notably absent. “I don’t know why that is, actually,” muses Wilson, before noting, “There are heavy moments and it’s a very dark and twisted record.” More...

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