The progressive metal band from Hemel Hempstead is back with their atypical sound, mixing progressive rock, ambient and psychedelia. The creative force of the band, Steven Wilson, remains as inspired as ever through the years. And this, for almost 35 years!
Porcupine Tree was founded in 1987 by Steven Wilson, who was already a musician in the band No Man is An Island. The band was at first a simple solo experiment of Steven Wilson, who gave the band a fictional history. Nevertheless, he starts to consider some music as marketable. He made an 80 minutes tape, Tarquin's Seaweed Farm, under the band name Porcupine Tree, which was followed by The Nostalgia Factory. The band starts to find its public and signs on the label Delirium Records.
In 1997, the band plays for the first time in France and releases the live album Coma Divine, which shows the technical skills of each band member. During the 2000's, the band will further evolve its style, abandoning the psychedelia of the beginnings for a more raw sound and will give the place to Steven Wilson's vocals, more accomplished.
Following the album The Incident in 2009, the band goes on a long break of several years where each member devotes himself to new projects. On his own, Steven Wilson is involved in several projects such as Blackfield (with Israeli star Aviv Geffen), his solo albums, his work as a producer or his label Headphone Dust.
The band still has a loyal fan base, which is particularly enthusiastic about the latest solo tours of Steven Wilson, with many dates in France. But the band has not said its last word and the legendary creativity of its leader has not finished surprising us. So let's make an appointment for the return of the British band on stage!
The first "official" album of the group was released in 1992 under the name On the Sunday of Life...
Although the music is sometimes close to Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree already starts to develop its own sound and a singular style. It is in 1993 with Up The Downstair that the press begins to speak about the group, like Melody Maker which considers the album as a psychedelic masterpiece.
In 1995, the album The Sky Moves Sideways was released, marking a turning point as the band was now composed of permanent members, although Wilson still supervised the compositions.
Les 16 et 24 avril 2007, l'album Fear of a Blank Planet est publié en Europe et en Amérique du Nord. C'est le plus gros succès du groupe en date. Y participent deux invités de marque : Alex Lifeson le guitariste du groupe Rush et Robert Fripp, fondateur de King Crimson.