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Porcupine Tree

Though he initially came to wider attention (at least in the U.K.) with No-Man, his long-running collaboration with TimBownessthroughout the '90s, singer/guitarist Steven Wilson gained as much of a reputation for Porcupine Tree. Embracingandexploring prog rock inspirations while always keeping an ear out for newer musical connections, thus sidestepping thepointlessrevivalism of many of the band's peers, Porcupine Tree has created some noteworthy albums and songs over theyears,continuing full-strength into the new millennium.

The group itself was just Wilson at the start. Born in ...read more

Though he initially came to wider attention (at least in the U.K.) with No-Man, his long-running collaboration with TimBownessthroughout the '90s, singer/guitarist Steven Wilson gained as much of a reputation for Porcupine Tree. Embracingandexploring prog rock inspirations while always keeping an ear out for newer musical connections, thus sidestepping thepointlessrevivalism of many of the band's peers, Porcupine Tree has created some noteworthy albums and songs over theyears,continuing full-strength into the new millennium.

The group itself was just Wilson at the start. Born in London in 1967, he was too young to participate in the first full flushofpsychedelic and experimental rock music, but swiftly made up for lost time, turning out to be a talented musicalprodigy.Having learned guitar and keyboards at a young age, he contributed to work by underground prog outfits of the early'80ssuch as Altamont and Karma, while continuing his own musical growth and exploration. 1987 saw the founding of both No-Manand Porcupine Tree, the latter actually starting as a joke between Wilson and a friend about a legendary lost '70sgroup.Elaborate discographies and other material were created à la Spinal Tap, while Wilson himself created a slew of musicmeantto be the band's lost recordings. In a humorous twist of fate, two tapes of this material ended up in the hands of otherfolksinterested in hearing more from Wilson, who ended up collating the best tracks for Porcupine Tree's real debut albumonDelerium Records, On the Sunday of Life, in 1992. Those songs having been something of a nostalgia exercise, Wilsonaimedfor a more contemporary approach on his follow-up release -- the extended single "Voyage 34," with a clear debt toambienttechno jokesters the Orb.

Up the Downstair, Porcupine Tree's next full album, found Wilson coming fully into his own, creating a majestic,sweepingalbum that took the prog inspirations of the past fully into a realm of mysterious hush and beauty as much as full-onrockcharge. Two collaborators on other projects, bassist Colin Edwin and keyboardist Richard Barbieri, the latter one of thecoremembers of early-'80s pop art geniuses Japan, guested on the album. Later that year, the two formally joined PorcupineTree,along with drummer Chris Maitland, establishing a four-piece lineup.

The first release by the new version of the group, The Sky Moves Sideways, was actually something of a transitional affair,anumber of the songs still being Wilson solo compositions and performances. A slew of fine songs stood out regardless,notably"Moonloop," but the bandmembers themselves considered the quartet's true debut to be 1996's Signify, anotherstunning stepforward for the Porcupine Tree sound, with new highlights everywhere, including the epic blast of the title trackitself. A nicenod to the past came that year with the vinyl-only Spiral Circus album, featuring selections from the first threeperformancesof the four-piece lineup in 1993, while 1997's Coma Divine featured live recordings from the Rome stop on theSignify tour. Bythis time, Porcupine Tree's reputation had spread throughout Europe and elsewhere, including an increasingcult following inAmerica.

A friendly parting from Delerium led Porcupine Tree to Snapper/K-Scope, which released 1999's Stupid Dream, notable foritsstronger song focus and slightly more accessible feel all around. The band's reputation and fan base continued to grow,withanother album, Lightbulb Sun, taking its bow in 2000. Porcupine Tree continued to tour and plan ahead for bothnewrecordings and reissues of older, rarer material, the first of which surfaced in May 2001, titled Recordings. Variousunreleasedcuts from the Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun sessions as well as a few B-sides were included. They spent therest of theyear putting together Stars Die: The Delerium Years '91-97, a box set that looks at their catalog from 1991 to1997. Manymore unreleased and rare tracks found their way onto the set, and the album finally came out in late autumn2001. DrummerChris Maitland left the band in March of 2002, but luckily, Gavin Harrison was available to take his place. Ayear later, InAbsentia was released, followed by Warszawa and Deadwing in 2005. Up the Downstair was reissued that sameyear,complete with a bonus disc of the band's 1994 EP Staircase Infinities. Porcupine Tree did some sporadic touring insummer2006 before fall dates were completed around the U.K., Europe, and the United States. Around the same time, StupidDreamwas reissued with bonus material. In 2007, the band released their ninth studio LP, a loose concept album with anunderlyingtheme of escapism in the 21st century, aptly named Fear of a Blank Planet (not to be confused with the similarlytitled PublicEnemy classic). The following year, the band released the mini-album Nil Recurring, which consisted of trackswritten duringthe recording of Fear of a Blank Planet. In 2009, the group released Incident, which was comprised of a singlelong song thatfeatured many different movements, as well as a handful of shorter compositions that close the album. Thedouble-live album,Octane Twisted, followed in 2012. « hide

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LPs
The Incident
2009

3.6
1,315 Votes
Fear of a Blank Planet
2007

4.1
2,319 Votes
Deadwing
2005

4.1
2,075 Votes
In Absentia
2002

4.2
2,462 Votes
Lightbulb Sun
2000

4.1
1,184 Votes
Stupid Dream
1999

4.2
1,216 Votes
Signify
1996

4
793 Votes
The Sky Moves Sideways
1995

4.1
696 Votes
Up the Downstair
1993

3.8
538 Votes
On the Sunday of Life
1992

2.9
490 Votes
EPs
Nil Recurring
2008

3.9
524 Votes
Futile
2003

3.7
117 Votes
Staircase Infinities
1994

3.9
122 Votes
Moonloop
1994

4.1
17 Votes
Love, Death & Mussolini
1990

3.3
2 Votes
Live Albums
Octane Twisted
11/19/2012

3.8
45 Votes
Atlanta
2010

4.1
37 Votes
Anesthetize
2010

4.5
178 Votes
Ilosaarirock
2009

4.3
19 Votes
We Lost the Skyline
2008

3.7
133 Votes
Arriving Somewhere...
2006

4.5
217 Votes
Rockpalast
2005

4.2
3 Votes
XMII
2005

4.1
41 Votes
Warszawa
2004

3.9
84 Votes
XM
2003

4
1 Votes
Coma Divine
1997

4
71 Votes
Spiral Circus
1997

3.8
30 Votes
Compilations
Stars Die: The Delerium Years
2002

4
109 Votes
Recordings
2001

4
147 Votes
Metanoia
2001

3.4
103 Votes
Voyage 34: The Complete Trip
2000

3.7
217 Votes
Insignificance
1997

3.3
63 Votes
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
1994

3.4
32 Votes
The Nostalgia Factory
1991

4
1 Votes
Tarquin's Seaweed Farm
1989

3
4 Votes

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