Brittish band with spacy Pink Floyd atmospheres and great guitar work, later their sound became more heavier. First an one man project from Steve Wilson.
In '99 they heading for a the best album of '99 with Stupid Dream;
Richard Barbieri- Hammond, keyboards, Mellotron,
Colin Edwin- bass,
Chris Maintland- drums & percussion,
Steve Wilson- guitar, flute and vocals and
Theo Travis- saxes.
An album with 4 tracks with a length each of more then 12 minutes...is called Voyage 34 ('00). The album begins with an astonishing likeness with the rolling guitars of Another Brick... The subtitle is "The Complete Trip" and i don't have to tell more about this album, just The complete Trip...The booklet ends with the phrase "is this trip really necessary?"Light Bulb Sun with the same line-up as before and Dave Greogory (XTC), is a must for Pink Floyd fans.
Recordings (2001) is an album with collected stuff, new recordings of Light Bulb, single tracks and extended versions.
A live double-ceedee saw the daylight after the summer of 2001! Go and see them, i missed them unfortunately...
Karnataka was their support act in 2001.
Improvised Music ('01) is another album with old stuff and spacey sounds.
Stars Die/ The Delirium Years 1991 - 1997 ('02) is a great box (two ceedee's, for a nice price) with new (old) songs, singles - first appearance on an album, new mixes and collected songs. With a nice booklet.
The new album is called: In Absentia. Released Januari 2003 and i suspect that it will
end high in the top prog albums of 2003. The album is
be a bit more heavier then we''re used to ;-(
See the DPRP-rock page for a long review.
XM is a live album only released in the V.S.; 1500 copies.
They had a wonderful gig in Verviers to start the European tour with.
Although on the second night the lights went down, it was absolutely madness.
Go and see them, really splendid.
The Spirit of 66 in Verviers was (over-)crowded about 400 people in this wonderful
venue. Four languages gathered by the perfect host Francis.
I got 11 ceedees of this band, and i like them so much because of their long floydian echoes with trance music. And al through the last ceedees are a tiny bit too heavy for me, i still love this band, those guitars stunning away, marvelous keyboards with synthesizers sound escapes, bass and drums perfect and Steve's voice is so dreaming away, but sometimes it shakes you away with his (played) angry ness.
The Americano guy; John Wesley started an acoustic set with the help of some tapes, nice. John plays very well on his guitar and his a very sympathetic guy. He ended impressive with Vera and Goodbye Blue Sky (Pink Floyd). And my stomach started to bubble; this would became a long surprising night.A video screen was set up behind the band, and the most songs got some extras by the neo-psychedelic projections which added a tremendously to the music.
A small quantity of special promotional CD singles of Blackfield (Steven Wilson and Israeli singer songwriter Aviv Geffen) are being made available during Porcupine Tree´s current European tour. The single contains both the audio and Lasse Hoile directed video for the track Hello, which is taken from the forthcoming full length Blackfield album. The single is available at shows in Germany where Aviv Geffen has been opening for PT by playing a short set of songs from the album (sometimes with SW as guest).
The new Porcupine Tree album Deadwing is scheduled for release on March 29st. A very
special edition will be available to preorder a few weeks prior to this date.
In the meantime a microsite dedicated to the album http://www.deadwing.com will develop as the release date approaches, with audio, video and other media relating to the album added to the site on a regular basis.
PT European and US tour dates will be announced shortly.
The track listing of the album is:
Adrian Belew of King Crimson.
Deadwing is based on a film script that Wilson wrote with friend Mike Bennion that Wilson describes as being "a surreal supernatural ghost story."
www.dprp.net you'll find great reviews of this album.
PORCUPINE TREE: A strictly limited edition, deluxe version of Deadwing was available for preorder. This version contains two discs: a DVD-V featuring a 5.1 mix by Elliot Scheiner and SW; and a CD containing the stereo mix. The discs are housed in a hardbound 72 page book, including the complete lyrics for the album, photography by Lasse Hoile, drawings/collage by Mike Bennion, and layout by Carl Glover, a truly beautiful package. This edition can be ordered only from the PT website, priced $30 (plus p&p), and will be shipped in the week of April 26.
NOTE: The DVD-V in this special edition contains a 5.1 surround version of the music only. It comes without any of the bonus material or features included on the separately released DTS DVD-A edition, which is slated for release May 2005.
They're on a wonderful tour now, check out; tourdates.
Anthama was their support act in 013 Tilburg.
Then 5 people appeared on stage; Colin, Richard, Gavin, John and Steve. A lot of new songs, Deadwing, Lazarus, Halo,
Ariving Somewhere and oldies, Evenless, Fadeway, Blackest Eyes, Trains, Hates song, Shemovesdown, Strip the Soul (and many more)
were played excellent and on routine. Good set, heavy and Floydish.
Setlist 013 Tilburg
11 April 05.
2* Sound Of Musac
5* Smart Kid
7* Arriving Somwhere But Not Here
9* Burning Sky
10* Mellotron Scratch
11* Blackest Eyes
12* Even Less
After a long break they came back at the Arrows Rock Festival in the Netherlands (June 2006).
They did an excellent set of one hour (yes too short) with a lot songs of their latest album Deadwing. Steve promised that they would return later this year. She below.
ARRIVING SOMEWHERE... alive dvd + bonus material:
an absolute great must have dvd of Porcupine Tree is out now.
Pictures and more info here.
The album is set for April release through Roadrunner in Europe, Atlantic in the US, and WHD Entertainment in Japan. It's likely that both the stereo CD and 5.1 surround sound DVDA will be packaged together as standard.
John Wesley - vocals,
Alex Lifson - guitar solo on "Amnesthetize",
Robert Fripp - soundscape on "Way out of Here".
Nil Recurring ('08).
The title track features Robert Fripp on lead guitar, and the album moves through the full Porcupine Tree spectrum of atmospheric ambience, melodic hooks, and crushing riffs.
Visit the mini website.
We lost the Skyline ('08).
Packaged in the traditional Digipack for the band's own Transmission label, that comes highly recommended for all Porcupine Tree fans and lovers of unplugged sets alike. A welcome diversion from the more guitar-heavy approach the band has submerged itself in since In Absentia.
The Incident (Sept ’09).
CD1 : The Incident|
2. The Blind House (5.47)
3. Great Expectations (1.26)
4. Kneel and Disconnect (2.03)
5. Drawing the Line (4.43)
6. The Incident (5.20)
7. Your Unpleasant Family (1.48)
8. The Yellow Windows of the Evening Train (2.00)
9. Time Flies (11.40)
10. Degree Zero of Liberty (1.45)
11. Octane Twisted (5.03)
12. The Seance (2.39)
13. Circle of Manias (2.19)
14. I Drive the Hearse (7.21)
2. Bonnie the Cat (5.45)
3. The Black Dahlia (3.40)
4. Remember Me Lover (7.31)
|Also issued as a limited special edition with 116 page hardback book, 48 page softback book, and 5.1 mix on a DVD.|
The cd is very well recieved by the general public and media, i'm not convinced that this is their best. It doesn't sound new or fresh
to me, flasbacks from the last 2 albums and some quite pieces from the early years. So not bad at all, but except some great guitar solo's
from Steve it doesn't grab me. So my points go to Guilt Machine of
Porcupine Tree will have success with this one and their tour, but hopelfully they take more time the next time and get some inspiration to be more original.
7+ out of 10.
Anesthetize DVD 2010.
The DVD continues to defy exceptions. Recently, Amazon reported that they were unable to keep up with the demand for the Blu-ray edition! Meanwhile Anesthetize continues to conquer the charts, popping up the following countries: Finland No.1 / Germany No.2 / UK No.6/ Sweden No.6 / Holland No.8 / Italy No.13 / Australia No.18. All the special editions have sold out but the regular edition is still available from the PT store today!
Mick Karn Benefit
"Atlanta", a complete 2 hour live performance from the Fear of a Blank Planet tour, is now available as a download from the PT store. The show was recorded and mixed to the usual PT standards in order to provide material for a planned live album, but when the decision was taken to film much of the same repertoire in Holland for a major DVD release instead, the Atlanta recording ended up back in the vault. Now PT have now decided to make it available in complete form as a download only release to raise funds for Mick Karn's treatment for cancer. Although the repertoire is similar to that on the Anesthetize DVD, the performance has its own atmosphere, and also includes the first ever officially released live recording of "A Smart Kid". The mp3s are high quality 320kbps files, and there is a break between tracks 8 and 9 in case you want to burn your own 2 CD set, for which Carl Glover has also provided CD artwork. Please note that profits from the sale of the Atlanta download will go to Mick Karn and his family.
Steve Wilson he did a lot, so please check out his own page.
Richard Barbieri is known from his excellent work in Japan (with David Sylvian, Mark Karn and Steve Jansen). Before that in Rain Three Cow. He worked with Steve en Mark on different projects (Such as; Mustard Gas & Roses '96, with Karn and Jakko and Kingdom of Dust also with them) and solo with his wife in Indigo Fall ('97)(Steven Wilson contributed acoustic guitar to one of the tracks. Also contributions by PT contributor Theo Travis) and surprising with the solo-project of Steve Hogart (Ice Cream Genius)(See Marillion).
Steven Jansen/Richard Barbieri
- Other Worlds in a Small Room;
This is an ambient release consisting of 4 remastered tracks released in 1984 and 3 new tracks.
- Stone to Flesh;
Steven Wilson plays guitar on 4 tracks, and Colid Edwin adds bass.
- Stories Across Borders;
Richard plays keyboards, pianos and synthesizers. He also participated in the production and mixing of the album.
Richard Barbieri and Steven Jansen's ambient/trip-hop collaboration with Japanese DJ Takemura; Changing Hands.
Jansen/ Barbieri/ Karn
- Playing in a Room with People. An album of live material from the 1997 tour, with Steven Wilson and Theo Travis.
- Ism; Includes contributions from Theo Travis, David Torn and Clive Bell.
- Seed; A 4-track mini CD build around the jbk track Beginning to Melt.
Gavin Harrison replaced Chris Maitland in Porcupine Tree. Born in '63, what a beautiful year...
John Beck (ex-It Bites), drummer Chris Maitland (ex-Porcupine Tree), singer and guitarist John Mitchell (Arena), and bassist Pete Trewavas (Marillion) with their new band KINO. On December 8th the quartet makes its first ever live appearance for WDR‘s “Rockpalast“ in Cologne. The debut album will be out in February. Please find a MP3 sample of their music on our homepage.
PORTNOY/WILSON/ÅKERFELDT: A rumour of three prog(metal) heavyweights Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) doing something together...(September 2005).
Ex-Wise Heads': Holding Up The Sky finds the original duo of Colin Edwin and Geoff Leigh. Featuring percussionist Rick Edwards (Hossam Ramsay, No-Man, Porcupine Tree) and trumpet player Ian Dixon (Ape, Ute, Irmin Schmidt). With this band he made 4 records from 1998 till now...
Random Noise Generator ('06) with oz H - Drums, Samples, Programming, RJ - Guitar, Shouting, Singing & Colin Edwin - Bass, Boxes.
"Liquid Assets”, the fourth CD from Ex-Wise Heads:
Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Leigh (soprano saxophone, flutes, etc) are joined by guest musicians Ian Dixon on trumpet, Rick Edwards on percussion (both of whom also played on 2006’s “Holding Up the Sky”) and guitarist Rajan Spolia, who adds unique and rich Indian-inspired acoustic guitar performances to three of the eleven tracks.
Memories Of Machines (2011).
An live review of the DPRP.
Please take a look at this page, I think it is "must have"for Porcupine Tree fans: NoSound.
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