Porcupine Tree

Steven Wilson Reveals What Song He Thinks Serves As The Best Introduction To The Music Of Porcupine Tree


With a prolific career that is about to span eleven studio albums and a daunting level of complexity present amongst their craft, breaking into the music of progressive rock greats Porcupine Tree can be an intimidating task. Fortunately, the group’s vocalist/guitarist Steven Wilson has a suggestion in mind for those looking to dive into his catalog.

Speaking with Revolver, he revealed that the group’s recent single “Harridan” serves as a choice introduction to all that is Porcupine Tree. That song is taken from their reunion album “Closure/Continuation“, which has been slated for a release this Friday, June 24th.

Wilson said of the track:

“I think what’s cool about ‘Harridan‘ is that it somehow covers all of the various aspects of Porcupine Tree in one eight-minute song. It’s always been a struggle for us to represent ourselves in a short span of time, singles taken from albums tend to be unsatisfactory because you almost have to hear a whole album to get the diversity of our musical universe and how it all fits together.

But ‘Harridan‘ is unusual in that it does have a little bit of almost all of our musical DNA, from a big crushing metal riff, to ambience and sound design, an anthemic chorus, an introspective singer-songwriter section, and a funky groove in the unusual time signature of five. It’s no coincidence that this opens up the new record ‘Closure/Continuation‘, since I see it as a preview of everything that follows on the album. It could even be a manifesto for what Porcupine Tree is.”

Porcupine Tree will take to the road later this year and beyond in support of their aforementioned new album, which represents their first proper full-length in twelve years.

09/10 Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall
09/12 Laval, QC – Place Bell
09/14 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
09/16 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
09/17 Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
09/18 Washington, DC – The Anthem
09/20 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
09/23 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
09/25 Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre
09/28 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
09/30 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
10/04 Mexico City, MEX – Pepsi Center
10/07 Santiago, CHL – Movistar Arena

10/21 Berlin, GER – Max Schmelinghalle
10/23 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/24 Milan, ITA – Forum
10/27 Stockholm, SWI – Globe
10/28 Copenhagen, DEN – Falkoner Theatre
10/30 Katowice, POL – Spodek Hall
11/02 Paris, FRA – Le Zenith
11/04 Stuttgart, GER – Porsche Arena
11/06 Oberhausen, GER – KP Arena
11/07 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggodome
11/09 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
11/11 London, UK – SSE Arena, Wembley

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