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Posted: Jul 11, 2022 - 10:45am

Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson on “Closure/Continuation”
“Don’t call it a reunion…”
Jun 24, 2022 By Stephen Humphries Photography by Alex Lake WEB EXCLUSIVE


Does Steven Wilson run on Duracell?

“I’m probably busier than ever in my whole career,” Wilson says at the beginning of a Zoom call. It’s a startling statement from someone who’s released so many albums that one imagines Spotify building an entire server room to accommodate his vast discography.

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“I’ve got the book, which just came out,” says Wilson. “The Porcupine Tree album. I’m almost finished writing my next solo record. I’m remixing about 10 albums at the moment. And then the family life as well, which is great.”

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Asked for comment, Edwin responded by email: “We hadn’t fallen out or anything, and were in contact occasionally about various things, reissues mainly, or odd business things, but there had long been no indication or hint of any new band activity, writing sessions or any possibility of reactivation. My band O.R.k toured with Pineapple Thief in 2019, we all got on fine and there was no mention at all from Gavin about any possible new PT stuff, certainly nothing from anyone else. So it was a surprise to me in March 2021, in lockdown, to get an email from Steve telling me there’s a new album and as he’s already played all the bass parts there’s ‘no role for me.’ Soon after that Steve’s lawyer gets in touch. I have had no real contact from anyone since.”

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Why was the album created without Colin Edwin?

The simple reason is that when we started making the record back in 2012, myself and Gavin started to work on ideas. I picked up the bass and it wasn’t like, “I’m going to be the bass player on this record.” Colin’s not going to get a look. It wasn’t anything as self-conscious as that. It was simply I think I was already a bit bored with the guitar at that point. So I reached over and I picked up the bass and I started to play the bass line to “Harridan.” We came up with that, that groove in five, which kind of not uncoincidentally opens the record, because I think they straight away there’s a kind of what shall we say, a kind of statement of intent right at the beginning of the record. This is not going to be the same old, same old.

The bedrock of the whole record really became the way I “play bass,” but allied with the fact that I was jamming these grooves with Gavin. So whole chunks of the record, you know, the “Harridan” song was all written—even the chorus was written on bass. “Rats Return,” the big heavy riff actually was written on the bass. “Chimera’s Wreck,” all written on the bass. So these songs which were started way back in 2012, 2013, that became the sort of the foundations of the record were written with me playing bass. And I played bass in a very different way to Colin. I played bass like a guitar player because I am a guitar player. I pick it up and I start playing melodies up the top and I play chords and I play things that “proper bass players” probably wouldn’t think to play. So there was no great conspiracy. We just got to a point where we realized, “Oh, Steven’s going to be the bass player on this record.” From that point on, it was just, “Okay, so it’s the three of us now.”

I would also say that I think, and this is not just me being pragmatic or looking back in hindsight—and no disrespect to Colin, he’s a fantastic player—the creative core of the band was always Gavin, Richard, and myself anyway. If you listen to the sound of the band going back certainly from the In Absentia days onwards, it was Gavin’s approach to drums, his very polyrhythmic technical approach to drums, Richard’s sound design and use of texture and ambiance. Both of those things filtered through my songwriting aesthetic.

We don’t have Colin on the record, but neither do we have anyone else on the record, which is something that you can’t say of any Porcupine Tree record going back a long time. There’s always been guests, whether it’s been string arrangers or guest vocalists or guest guitar solos. There’s no sound on this record that isn’t made by myself, Richard or Gavin. No engineers— actually Paul Stacey helped me a little bit with guitars later on—but apart from that, it was part of the very, very latter stages of the recording and mixing process. But we really just made the record in our own studios. Just the three of us without anyone else knew we were doing it.

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Posted: Jul 3, 2022 - 9:37pm

 kurtster wrote:
So it isn't easy to actually like something on the very first listen, but ok, yeah ...

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And this just got put out today.

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Preorder stuff.  Might have to get the 3 disc 45 rpm pressing.
 
Very interesting stuff.  Finally just listening to the album as an album after ripping and hearing each side at least 3 times in the process.  With 3 different copies it was about 40 sides altogether so getting to this point was kinda brutal. Side E on the 45 rpm version skips and repeats so everything had to be opened and played immediately.  Same problem on the second copy in the very same place.  The standard 33 black vinyl set played great although didn't sound quite as good as the 45 even with the many other noise issues.  Colored vinyl sucks.

Dignity and Never Have are the two tracks most likely to end up on the playlist here.  Dignity reminds me a lot of Interstate Love Song.  Chimera's Wreck is pretty powerful and an instrumental bonus track, Population Three is very nice.  I'm really late to the PT train other than listening to what BG plays.  SeriousLee and Westslope nudged me deeper into them.  So I really had no idea what to expect and any other ingrained previous work to think about while listening.  I can't anticipate if long term fans will like it or be disappointed. 

It does work as an album after getting used to it now being brand new music to begin with.  Not music to do housecleaning to be sure.  Couch potato stuff.   Have to see how it does on the road.  Can already tell not for traffic jams with a manual tranny.  Varies enough to keep you interested along the way.  

Glad I got it.  Been way long time since getting any brand new and unheard music to digest.  Just hope getting things returned and exchanged goes well.

Cheers !
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Posted: Mar 11, 2022 - 11:03am

 black321 wrote:

Friggin scalpers got all the tix already.
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Posted: Mar 10, 2022 - 3:14pm

Porcupine Tree (left to right) Gavin Harrison, Steven Wilson and Richard Barbieri
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Reunited prog-rockers Porcupine Tree on surviving their rift: ‘You can’t help but feel bitter’

The cult prog band fizzled out in 2010 when leader Steven Wilson lost interest – but never thought to tell his bandmates. What’s brought the trio back together? And is this closure or a fresh start?

 In Air Studios in London early this year, I watch three men play music together for the first time since October 2010. When they walked off the stage at the Royal Albert Hall nearly 12 years ago, two of the three members had assumed that the band remained a going concern. But Steven Wilson, their frontman and guitarist, had decided that was it for the group, at least for the time being. Only he hadn’t told his bandmates. Or their management. Or their label. Or anyone.


He says he felt resented by the drummer, Gavin Harrison, and the keyboard player, Richard Barbieri, for being the one who got all the attention; he felt his musicianship was being judged. “I didn’t feel particularly liked or respected in the band – or at least if they did have respect, it was never vocalised.”

So Wilson didn’t bother saying anything to them. He just left, leaving Porcupine Tree as a perpetual loose end. For a couple of years, the other two waited for Wilson to return. But then they read interviews in which he would talk about his solo career and deny any interest in their band.

Porcupine Tree at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October 2010
That was then … Porcupine Tree at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October 2010. Photograph: Lasse Hoile

“You can’t help but feel bitter and hurt,” says Barbieri, who found himself in the same situation as when David Sylvian walked away from Japan at the end of 1982. “You get to a point of critical and commercial success and, at that very point, it’s just dragged away. And, of course, it’s not easy for the members to just carry on. It requires a lot of time before you step back into a career. But for the person at the front, they carry on with the same manager, the same record label, the same fanbase, the same publisher, the same promoter, the same agent. So it’s very painless for them. But it leaves people behind who spent as much time working as they did, so it’s tough.”



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Posted: Mar 8, 2022 - 7:57pm

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If they toured with Death Cab I could go with my good friends SFW and Phineas!





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Posted: Mar 8, 2022 - 7:55pm

 black321 wrote:
If they toured with Death Cab I could go with my good friends SFW and Phineas!

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Posted: Mar 8, 2022 - 7:10pm

So it isn't easy to actually like something on the very first listen, but ok, yeah ...

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And this just got put out today.

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Preorder stuff.  Might have to get the 3 disc 45 rpm pressing.
black321

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Posted: Mar 8, 2022 - 3:12pm

Tour dates
https://porcupinetree.com/tour...

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Posted: Nov 3, 2021 - 7:46am

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Truth be told I'd go to a PT concert maybe, because that's a setting where some noodly bombast can be appropriate. 

LOL!  Good, then it is a date. 

I wonder what the PT audience is like in Germany.  The audience in North America tends to be older and white*.   Less dancing in the aisles perhaps?  





* Is there anything more boring than old, white dudes that think like you do?   
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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 9:36pm

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We should all meet up in Germany with SFW for one of these Porcupine Tree concerts.

Wouldn't it be a blast? 

Presumably the pandemic has not shut down the supply of German beer.



Truth be told I'd go to a PT concert maybe, because that's a setting where some noodly bombast can be appropriate. 
westslope

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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 10:59am

We should all meet up in Germany with SFW for one of these Porcupine Tree concerts.

Wouldn't it be a blast? 

Presumably the pandemic has not shut down the supply of German beer.
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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 9:03am

 haresfur wrote:

I heard SFW already has his tickets booked to Stuttgart




The Porsche Arena? No no no. I can't decide between the Max Schmelinghalle or the Ziggodome. 

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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 5:04am

porky pine tree = primus + king crimson?

i'd go see them if they played outdoors here
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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 5:02am

 haresfur wrote:

I heard SFW already has his tickets booked to Stuttgart



Dangit, you beat me to it.
westslope

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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 12:20am

 haresfur wrote:

I heard SFW already has his tickets booked to Stuttgart


Yes, and various national security agencies have been warned.  


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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 12:03am

 westslope wrote:
I heard SFW already has his tickets booked to Stuttgart

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Posted: Nov 1, 2021 - 11:40pm





Porcupine Tree return with new single ‘Harridan’ and ‘CLOSURE/CONTINUATION’ album announcement

The cult experimental rock band will also head out on tour next year

ByCharlotte Krol1st November 2021
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Now, the band comprising Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison are back with a frenetic new single, which you can listen to below. Their new album ‘CLOSURE/CONTINUATION’ is due for release on June 24, 2022 via Music For Nations/Sony.
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Porcupine Tree UK and European tour 2022:

OCTOBER
Friday 21 – GERMANY, Berlin, Max Schmelinghalle
Sunday 23 – AUSTRIA, Vienna, Gasometer
Monday 24 – ITALY, Milan, Forum
Thursday 27 – SWEDEN, Stockholm, Avicii Arena
Friday 28 – DENMARK, Copenhagen, Falkoner Theatre
Sunday 30 – POLAND, Katowice, Spodek Hall

NOVEMBER
Wednesday 2 – FRANCE, Paris, Zenith
Friday 4 – GERMANY, Stuttgart, Porsche Arena
Sunday 6 – GERMANY, Oberhausen, KP Arena
Monday 7 – NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Ziggodome
Wednesday 9 – SWITZERLAND, Zurich, Halle 622
Friday 11 – UK, London, SSE Arena Wembley

Porcupine Tree will also also tour the Americas and Canada in autumn 2022 – dates are to be announced shortly.