Porcupine Tree on indefinite hiatus
2013-04-19 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 78 Comments

In an interview with Ultimate Guitar, Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson stated he wishes to continue focusing on the solo career. After completing the current tour promoting his latest solo offering. The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), Wilson wants to move on to scoring movie soundtracks. He said "My biggest unfulfilled ambition is to do a movie soundtrack. I have an agent now in LA, finally. That's pretty much top of my list of unfulfilled goals right now."

Regarding the Porcupine Tree reunion he also commented "It can't really happen without me instigating it, being the main writer and director. I don't have time in my life to do that and do what I'm doing now. I guess I have made the decision, right now, to concentrate on the solo career. That's not to say the band has broken up or anything like that. It's always conceivable that we could get back together in a year or five years, or 10 years. I really can't say - there are no plans at the moment."

More information is available at http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/porcupine_tree_on_indefinite_hiatus.html

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Hoppoman
April 19th 2013

634 Comments


Shame, but his solo stuff is pretty good. So I don't mind the wait.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2013

3374 Comments


I hope he decides to make another No-Man record with Bowness, because it's long overdue

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 19th 2013

10593 Comments


This only sucks because it means he's going to release more terrible solo albums.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2013

6011 Comments


Why am I not surprised at all?

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InFiction
April 19th 2013

3651 Comments


Shame, but his solo stuff is pretty good. So I don't mind the wait. [2]

dante1991
April 19th 2013

532 Comments


Personally, I think Grace for Drowning was the best thing he's ever done (though it's not for everyone's tastes) and Raven fuckin ruled!

So long as he keeps doing solo albums this good, I'm actually not that upset, as much as I love Porcupine Tree

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 19th 2013

5643 Comments


Damn i dig these guys

apert
April 19th 2013

3001 Comments


damn

NeroCorleone80
April 19th 2013

28832 Comments


Hopefully it will only be 1 year.

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Epicenter
April 19th 2013

173 Comments


Shame, but his solo stuff is pretty good. So I don't mind the wait. [3]

JS19
April 19th 2013

4219 Comments


I think we pretty much knew this already but sux anyway. The solo stuff he's putting out is pretty awesome though, so I won't complain

MO
April 19th 2013

18523 Comments


meh

RangerTaffles
April 19th 2013

256 Comments


Shame, but his solo stuff is pretty good. So I don't mind the wait. [4]

FiveLeavesLeft
April 19th 2013

9838 Comments


:[

FadedSun
April 19th 2013

1260 Comments


Eh, I stopped caring about this band after In Abstentia.

froghawk
April 19th 2013

127 Comments


What's the difference, anyway? His solo stuff is basically just Porcupine Tree without the awful metal riffs and with more '70s homage.

Keyblade
April 19th 2013

14720 Comments


^ that is a pretty big difference

there are still like 10 other PT albums to jam. i don't mind this as long as it means he'll be putting out more excellent solo albums. and agreed with dante GFD is the best thing he ever wrote.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2013

6011 Comments


The "metal" Porcupine Tree records were excellent, it was the pretentiousness of the last two albums that was awful.

Keyblade
April 19th 2013

14720 Comments


yea deadwing ruled. not so much FoaBP tho...that one was kinda ehhh

omnipanzer
April 19th 2013

21442 Comments


Now they can fade away into obscurity as I've always dreamed.

I'm sure this sucks for those of you who love them though. :-(

WolvesInTheWalls
April 19th 2013

192 Comments


don't care for PT or his solo work anymore so couldn't really care less

Keyblade
April 19th 2013

14720 Comments


and the edges of snox's apathy keep getting sharper

Lambda
April 19th 2013

2417 Comments


FoaBP is one of my favourite albums ever what is everyone talking about

CrownOfMagnets
April 19th 2013

2249 Comments


never was a huge fan of PT but I jam Deadwing every now and then

peaks40
April 19th 2013

2759 Comments


damn. good for him though

Impervious
April 19th 2013

366 Comments


Heard of these guys but never checked them out. What are their best? And what style is this most like?

MikeC26
April 19th 2013

3173 Comments


i'll be jamming whatever he releases either way

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2013

20794 Comments


fuck

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McP3000
April 19th 2013

3941 Comments


I think he would do a great job film scoring

hope he doesnt get stuck with a shitty movie

zaruyache
April 19th 2013

6280 Comments


This just means he'll have more time for Storm Corrosion!!!!

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Mabbitt
April 19th 2013

1354 Comments


I like Porcupine Tree, but The Incident wasn't great, and his solo stuff is awesome, so I'm okay
with this.

But really...is anybody surprised? PT hasn't done anything since The Incident and Steven has been
making solo albums...I just assumed they were on hiatus anyways.

Heard of these guys but never checked them out. What are their best? And what style is this
most like?


Like...modern prog rock. The earlier stuff is a lot more experimental, the later stuff is more
rock-ish. Check out the album In Absentia if you're interested in them

OmairSh
April 19th 2013

10868 Comments


Damn it's not surprising but it's still not good to hear. I hope this doesn't lead to an eventual break up, the words he chooses always make it seem as if this is a possibility. SW's really relishing his solo work, which is great as well I guess, looking forward to a possible movie score and more storm corrosion, etc. but his solo albums needed more spark imo. Hey, he could do a movie score with PT.

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Firecracker
April 19th 2013

106 Comments


I would watch any film Steven Wilson did the music for.

Uranium
April 19th 2013

7092 Comments


looks like the rest of the band is going bankrupt

Underflow
April 19th 2013

2554 Comments


lol @ terrible solo albums

tacos N stuff
April 19th 2013

353 Comments


not terrible news considering PT has been steadily declining. TI and FOABP were just meh


Tyrannic
April 19th 2013

3261 Comments


FUCK

KINGSTATICTHETHIRD
April 19th 2013

613 Comments


good. this band hasn't been great in like, 10 years

NeroCorleone80
April 19th 2013

28832 Comments


Gonna jam all PT albums in tribute

lostforwords
April 19th 2013

445 Comments


Have no fear, he's such a workaholic that the hiatus will last no longer than 5 months...

oltnabrick
April 19th 2013

30636 Comments


:DDDD



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Mabbitt
April 19th 2013

1354 Comments


not terrible news considering PT has been steadily declining. TI and FOABP were just
meh


I still like Fear but yeah it definitely seemed like a decline...the only song I really like from The
Incident is Time Flies. Then again, i've never actually sat down and listened to the whole thing
start to finish..

Have no fear, he's such a workaholic that the hiatus will last no longer than 5 months...

But they haven' done anything in like 4 years...

Matski
April 19th 2013

11 Comments


Think the ratings for the PT albums are about right - Both the 'bookend albums' are alright but everything in between is better, including FoaBP.

henryChinaski
April 19th 2013

2733 Comments


Bummer

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Storm In A Teacup
April 19th 2013

12712 Comments


Hope they come back

Emyay
April 19th 2013

5945 Comments


he didn't do an interview with ultimate guitar on this subject...they're just quoting a different interview that he did. this isn't some big announcement....he was asked about PT and he gave the same answer he always gives "no plans yet". I wouldn't put much stock in the 1,5,10 year comment. I think he was just trying to emphasize the fact that he literally has no plans.

Gee
April 19th 2013

228 Comments


New PT now pls Steven you buffoon. Thank you

SadAndHolyGlow
April 19th 2013

1517 Comments


I guess it makes sense that this happened.

theamericangod
April 19th 2013

14 Comments


Good riddance

Makemebad35
April 19th 2013

747 Comments


Still haven't checked out his solo stuff. Only PT and Blackfield

OmairSh
April 19th 2013

10868 Comments


"I wouldn't put much stock in the 1,5,10 year comment."

I don't know, it seems like a typical comment in this situation but SW's really been enjoying his solo work. Well it's all good as long as the band doesn't break up and SW churns out more music. He does need a break though

DamnVanne
April 19th 2013

1774 Comments


Hopes - deleted

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leviathan82
April 19th 2013

8 Comments


well god damn it
seeing him tomorrow though


Cipieron
April 19th 2013

3508 Comments


i had the same reaction to the news of Mars Volta breaking up..


they're last album sucked so i don't really care at this point

CrazyFool84
April 19th 2013

1080 Comments


Bah, saw this coming tho. While Porcupine Tree has always struck me as an almost solo Wilson show, I did love the instrumental prowess coming from the three others on PT albums, and miss that sound. I don't hear a huge difference between solo and PT with him, though I guess I understand the hiatus if he plans on scoring shit now.

NapalmCrusader
April 19th 2013

1737 Comments


That's a shame. A big part of the material made by this band was very good. Never liked the incident

sulkenigma
April 19th 2013

62 Comments


I think a lot of people saw 'The Incident' as a slightly lacklustre album in comparison to the other PT albums and I think if Porcupine Tree were to release an album soon, it would probably not be another Stupid Dream or In Absentia if Steve's heart wasn't fully in it or if it wasn't where he is at at the moment. In the meantime, I'm glad he's got a lot more artistic freedom and is doing what he wants musically and I know that if/when Porcupine Tree release another album, it'll be when Steve is ready so the music won't suffer at all.

BallsToTheWall
April 19th 2013

44197 Comments


No arrogance at all.

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chug73
April 19th 2013

989 Comments


Wilson is so pretentious. He loves his own music so much and it bugs me how smug he is about it.

Cipieron
April 19th 2013

3508 Comments


I hope Gavin Harrison forms some super group now... maybe with... I don't even know

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2013

1864 Comments


I'm a big PT fan, but I don't there's any harm in Wilson focusing on his solo project. With each of his solo albums he's proved that there aren't any boundaries to what he can achieve. Disagree if you like, but I actually prefer his solos stuff at the moment to anything else he's involved with.

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Voyager
April 19th 2013

15 Comments


He's saying stuff like "When you can't do more in a project you move on" but it's apparent that the other guys in the band were expecting to keep making music and he is the one who kinda just walked out.

So basically he just abandoned people that were to some extent financially reliant on him. Gavin could probably find something else to do, but the other two guys' income will drop dramatically, I expect.

FearThyEvil
April 19th 2013

12497 Comments


this sucks

Boyaawitcheese
April 19th 2013

227 Comments


I'm so over this band.

OneMoreRoland
April 19th 2013

1050 Comments


People seem to forget how much influence Barbieri/Edwin/Harrison have on PT's music. I love the solo stuff, but there is NOTHING like good ol' PT

Cipieron
April 19th 2013

3508 Comments


^this so much

Parallels
April 20th 2013

6641 Comments


I'm so over this band. [2]

Except Fear of a Blank Planet. That will live on in my playlist forever.

MeatSalad
April 20th 2013

14483 Comments


solo wilson>tree anyway so meh

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Keyblade
April 20th 2013

14720 Comments


agreed

Wizard
April 20th 2013

19343 Comments


His solo stuff is terrible, just downright terrible.

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Keyblade
April 20th 2013

14720 Comments


umm

JS19
April 20th 2013

4219 Comments


Ha, so many bad opinions in these comments

DamnVanne
April 20th 2013

1774 Comments


gavin needs to join the SW band and then I will be ok with this

zxlkho
April 21st 2013

3461 Comments


Eat shit and die, Steven.

Wizard
April 21st 2013

19343 Comments


Ha, so many bad opinions in these comments

Anyone that routes on his solo poop.

Deadwing42
April 21st 2013

136 Comments


I miss Porcupine Tree. The Incident was a pretty big letdown, mostly mediocre with only intermittent moments of what make Porcupine Tree great. The solo stuff is good, but lacks the same ability to grab me that most of the PT stuff had. It was cool that he wanted to do a 70s prog homage type of thing, but right now it's just starting to feel derivative.

OmairSh
April 21st 2013

10868 Comments


Yup, thats why he probably should do the movie score now.

It's interesting how this is considered news since they were pretty much on hiatus anyway

DamnVanne
April 22nd 2013

1774 Comments


guys admit ur sadness. For the first time in our lives, there is no Porcupine Tree. The future looks bleak, indeed.



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