Colin Edwin & Lorenzo Feliciati -

Colin Edwin's Twinscapes project, a joint collaboration with Italian bassist and composer Lorenzo Feliciati (Berserk!/Naked Truth), release their debut album this week on Rarenoise.

Mixed by legendary US bass player and producer Bill Laswell and featuring guest contributions from Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, former Van der Graaf Generator saxophonist David Jackson, Swiss percussionist Andi Pupato (Nick Bartsch's Ronin) and drummer Roberto Gualdi from Italy's PFM, Twinscapes has already been described as a "...subtle contender for the year's first truly great instrumental album".

The album is available via the usual outlets and also Burning Shed, please click here for CD and here for vinyl or alternatively, to order directly from Rarenoise, please follow this link:


.....where various combos of digital, CD and vinyl are available.

There's a short album preview on Colin Edwin's Soundcloud page:

You can also visit Colin's blog page and website for more information.


Porcupine Tree's live guitarist John Wesley to release new solo album


John Wesley releases a brilliant new solo album “Disconnect” on 31st March. Wes appeared as the fifth touring member of Porcupine Tree at every PT live performance between 2002-2010 (and on the band’s live releases from the period), and this is his first full length solo album since 2005. As well as Wes’ four piece band, the album features a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson of Rush.

You can watch a video for the title track here

And pre-order the limited edition digipack here


Steven Wilson 'Drive Home' Video

Here is the new video for Steven Wilson's 'Drive Home' by Jess Cope who previously directed the video for 'The Raven That Refused To Sing' and Storm Corrosion's 'Drag Ropes'.

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Now available to pre-order is the 'Drive Home' video EP, which contains unreleased tracks, videos, live recordings, high-definition audio and more.



Colin Edwin - "Twinscapes"

Colin Edwin will be appearing live in London this Saturday, March 16th with "TwinScapes" - a duo with Italian bassist Lorenzo Feliciati, full details over on his blogpage


The Raven That Refused To Sing – Out Now

The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), the new album from Steven Wilson is now available across the world. The album has been incredibly well received and looks start to chart highly in a number of countries.

The Guardian in the UK awarded the album 5/5 stating, ‘this album shows Wilson to be one of modern rock’s most cunning and soulful protagonists’, Visions in Germany named it Album of the Month, hailing Wilson as ‘the greatest Prog mastermind of his time!’ and Eclipsed awarded the album a very rare 10/10, proclaiming ‘if you only buy one album for the rest of your life, buy this one!”.

The album is available in a number of formats, including CD, CD/DVDV media book, Blu-ray, download and 2LP vinyl editions. The DVDV and Blu-ray editions featuring a 5.1 mix of the album and other bonus material. Sound & Vision magazine in the USA reviewed the 5.1 mix stated: ‘the breadth and scope of ‘Raven’ represent Steven Wilson at the height of his creative powers, where surround sound music and mixing has reached a heretofore unheard aural apex. Our ever-searching ears are lucky to be consistently challenged and rewarded by this man’s muse.’

Track listing:
1. Luminol (12.10)
2. Drive Home (7.37)
3. The Holy Drinker (10.13)
4. The Pin Drop (5.03)
5. The Watchmaker (11.43)
6. The Raven that Refused to Sing (7.57)

Steven Wilson's Official Website


Octane Twisted live double CD

"Octane Twisted" the new double CD live album including bonus DVD will be released on Kscope Records on November 19th. A regular 2 cd only version will be available at a later date.

CD 1 comprises the whole of "The Incident" recorded at the Riviera, Chicago 2010.
CD 2 track listing is as follows - with tracks 5 to 7 recorded at the Royal Albert Hall.

1. Hatesong (9.57)
2. Russia on Ice / The Pills I'm Taking (15.02)
3. Stars Die (5.57)
4. Bonnie the Cat (6.11)
5. Even Less (14.28)
6. Dislocated Day (7.05)
7. Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (12.59)

The bonus DVD, which is a 6 camera shoot production, was never intended to be a standalone DVD release but nicely documents the live performance of "The Incident" in front of a typically lively Chicago audience.

Click here to pre-order from Burning Shed.


Steven Wilson live DVD/Blu-Ray preview

You can view a preview from Steven's forthcoming "Get All You Deserve" live DVD/Blu-Ray on musician's website Music Radar now. This time it's the new 12 minute piece "Luminol" which was premiered on the tour, and which will be recorded for the next studio album, due in the Spring. The deluxe 4 disc edition of the live set is still available to pre-order at an early bird price until the end of August from Burning Shed.


Metallic Taste of Blood Pre-Order

Metallic Taste of Blood
Colin Edwin's genre-defying and intense collaborative album with Eraldo Bernocchi, Balazs Pandi and Jamie Saft, release their eponymously titled new album next month.

Pre-orders are now being taken here

To hear a preview track, and for more information, read Colin's blog entry here


Steven Wilson on tour NOW!

The second leg of Steven Wilson's spectacular Grace For Drowning tour starts this week in the USA, before moving on to Mexico, South America, Scandinavia, mainland Europe and finishing in London on the 15th May. Featuring an astounding 6 piece band including Marco Minnemann on drums, Nick Beggs on bass, Adam Holzman on keyboards, Theo Travis on sax/flute and Niko Tsonev on guitar, films and other visuals and a quadrophonic sound system, last year's tour was rated by many that saw it as the finest live event of the year. You can see a trailer which includes images and music from that tour here.

A full list of tour dates and ticket links can be found here.


Gavin & 05Ric go on tour in the UK

Gavin & 05Ric will be making their first tour of the UK this June. Together with Stickmen (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto). Dates are

June 3rd Manchester Academy
June 4th Birmingham Academy
June 5th Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
June 6th Bristol Academy
June 7th London Islington Academy

ticket sales are here


Storm Corrosion Pre-order

Two editions of the Storm Corrosion album are now available to pre-order: a deluxe vinyl double LP, and a bundle which includes the vinyl LP and the album on CD and Blu-Ray (note that there will also be standalone CD and Blu-Ray editions available to order soon). The Blu-Ray contains stereo and 5.1 mixes of the album as well as additional demo and instrumental versions, all at 96K/24bit high resolution. The 2LP version comes in a heavy duty textured gatefold sleeve, with inner bags and a poster, and has been overseen by vinyl specialists ToneFloat.



Colin Edwin New Solo Release

Colin Edwin has a new solo album, entitled "PVZ" which is available now through burning shed .

"PVZ" is a purely digital release in both FLAC and mp3 format, but there is also a limited edition USB key version, which comes in a presentation tin with the USB key containing the FLAC and mp3 files as well as printable artwork designed by Carl Glover.

See Colin's Blog page for the tracklisting and background information about the album.


No-Man live album

There is now a microsite for the forthcoming No-Man live release "Love and Endings". This will include a DVD of the performance. Release date for this is 12th March, on CD/DVD and 2 LP vinyl. Love and Endings is a document of no-man's performance at the Leamington Spa Assembly on October 14th, 2011.


Steven Wilson band tour - second leg

The second leg of SW's spectacular Grace for Drowning tour will start at the beginning of April and run through to mid May. Many shows have not been confirmed yet, but these are: 30th April - Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2nd May - 013, Tilburg, Netherlands, 4th May - Trianon, Paris, France, 6th May - Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany, 7th May - Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany, 9th May - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland, 10th May - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy, 11th May - Orion, Rome, Italy, 13th May - FZW, Dortmund, Germany, 14th May - AB, Brussels, Belgium, 15th May - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK (ticket link below). Note that London will be the only UK date, and this time it will be standing not seated. SW is planning to introduce some new music into the show for this run, and one of the dates will also be filmed for a Blu-Ray / DVD release. All the tickets links and the rest of the dates will be announced in the next few days. Note that the ticket links included above are valid, but tickets may not actually be on sale for another day or two, so keep trying.



Lasse Hoile has created a short tour spot for the current in progress Steven Wilson Grace For Drowning tour, here. The North American leg of the tour is about to start, so if you are near to any of the shows don't miss one of the most visually and musically spectacular shows of recent years!

Tour date details and ticket links for the tour can be found at the Grace for Drowning website.


SW App available

There is now a Steven Wilson app for iPhone, and it's totally free. It includes the first official release of the track "Cut Ribbon". It's just for iPhone at the moment (although can also run on iPad), but there are plans to follow it with an Android version later on. Link here to get it.


Gavin on David Letterman August 23

Gavin will be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman next Tuesday, August 23. He will be playing with the band and have a featured drum solo.


Grace For Drowning pre-order

Pre-ordering information for the deluxe edition, mediabook double CD, and double vinyl LP editions of Steven Wilson's forthcoming solo album "Grace For Drowning" is now up at www.gracefordrowning.com. Steven has posted additional information about the release on his facebook page.

You can also read a blog written by US journalist Brian Reesman after he attended a press playback of the album in New York City here.


Futile big-band version

Check out this Gavin Harrison performance of PT song "Futile" as arranged for big band by Laurence Cottle.


Steven Wilson solo tour

Details of SW's first ever solo tour are now up at the Grace for Drowning website. The tour covers Europe and North America and will be with a 6 piece band, performing material from both Insurgentes and the forthcoming Grace for Drowning double album. Note that a few more shows are still to be confirmed.


John Wesley US west coast tour dates

Come check out Wes live:

6/16 San Francisco Hotel Utah 9pm

6/18 Los Angeles Hotel Café 8pm (no support)

6/19 San Diego Lestat's 9pm


New SW solo album website launched

There is now a website for the forthcoming Steven Wilson solo record, which will bear the overall title "Grace For Drowning". Over the next weeks leading up to release, audio, video and other information about the album will be posted to this site, so keep an eye on it:



Anesthetize 4LP box available to pre-order

The beautiful 4LP vinyl box set edition of the "Anesthetize" live film soundtrack is now available to pre-order from the PT store. This item is a strictly one-off pressing of 3,000 copies on black vinyl, release date is 21st June.


Burning Shed 10th anniversary show

On 14th October, Burning Shed will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special event at the Leamington Spa Assembly. The evening will include performances by artists who have been associated with the label / online shop over the last decade.

Already confirmed are Theo Travis and No-Man, and other acts will be announced soon. No-Man will play a 45 minute set, including some pieces never performed live before. This will be the band's first performance since its successful 2008 Mixtaped shows.

The venue is the Assembly, situated in the heart of Leamington Spa (one and a half hours from London and less than half an hour from the Birmingham and East Midlands airports).

Tickets can only be obtained from the Assembly box office - here. Please note that despite the venue website's current listing this is *not* a No-Man concert, the band's short performance will be part of the evening's events dedicated to celebrating Burning Shed's 10th anniversary.


Anesthetize 4LP set

Porcupine Tree concluded 18 months of touring Fear Of A Blank Planet with a short European tour in October 2008. Both shows at the 013 in Tilburg were filmed and highlights were released as the acclaimed "Anesthetize" film on DVD and Blu-Ray in May 2010. ToneFloat are now making available the complete audio soundtrack on vinyl as a lavish 20-track four disc set in separate picture sleeves, and housed in a deluxe hardback box, complete with 12x12inch booklet. The soundtrack was previously only available on CD in the long sold out deluxe book edition of Anesthetize, and like that edition the vinyl set includes a bonus track "Prodigal" that is not featured in the film, making a total of 2 hours 15 minutes of music across 8 sides of vinyl. This release is strictly limited to 3000 copies only, and will be deleted once sold out. The release date is set for 21st June, and Anesthetize can be pre-ordered now from ToneFloat. The PT Store will also have copies for sale nearer to the release date.


Gavin's Italian Tour

Gavin will be performing 15 drum clinics this May in Italy.

06 May Cavernago (BG) presso San Michele Musica.

07 May Dogana (San Marino) presso Marino Baldacci.

09 May 2011 Verona al Musical Box.

10 May Torino presso Magazzino Musicale Merula.

11 May Milano presso Accademia del Suono.

14 May 2011 Floridia Siracusa Accademia Musicale Floridiana.

17 May Cosenza presso Over Sound di Damiano Perri.

18 May Caserta presso La Cicala The Music Store.

19 May, Roma Teatro Aurelio.

21 May 2011 Martina Franca Taranto Mousichè.

23 May Como presso Nota su Nota Scuola di Musica.

24 May Pisa info Borderline Club.

25 May 2011 Reggio Emilia presso Four Sticks.

26 May 2011 Siena Rock Factory.

27 May Montebelluna (TV) presso Essemusic Store.


TF100 featuring SW

Headphone Dust have a few copies of the beautiful book / double vinyl "TF100" release in stock. TF100 is the one hundredth release on ToneFloat records, and comes in the form of a very limited (700 copies) deluxe 108 page hardback book with 2 x 10 inch vinyls, featuring many of the artists that have helped to define the ToneFloat sound collaborating in different combinations. Steven Wilson contributes a long instrumental track with Sand Snowman, and sings and plays guitar and keyboards on several other pieces in collaboration with Theo Travis, Dirk Serries, Peter Van Vliet (Use of Ashes) and Sand. The album was also mixed and compiled by SW.



Carbon Nation issue 10

Issue 10 of Simon Clarke's excellent full colour Porcupine Tree fanzine Carbon Nation is now available. Includes a review of Blackfield’s Welcome to my DNA, exclusive interviews with Steven Wilson, John Wesley, Burning Shed's Tim Bowness/Pete Morgan and with PT tour manager Dave Salt. Plus gig reviews of the special shows in New York & London.

Order it here.


Blackfield website live

The new Blackfield website is now up and running, including audio samples from the forthcoming "Welcome to My DNA" album. Go here. Blackfield is the collaborative project between Steven Wilson of PT and Israeli songwriter Aviv Geffen, and this is their third album together.


PT at the polls

Thanks to everyone who voted for PT in the readers poll in Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine. PT was picked as Best Band, Anethestize was No.3 Best DVD, and the band’s night at the Albert Hall was picked as the 4th best Event of the Year.

Richard Barbieri topped the Best Keyboard Player poll, whilst SW and Colin Edwin both came in at number 3 in Best Guitarist and Best Bassist categories respectively. Gavin grabbed the No.2 spot as Best Drummer, the same as SW in Best Male Vocalist category. Proving you can’t keep a good icon down, SW was voted Prog Icon 2010 having won the title previously in 2009!

As if all that wasn’t quite enough, the SW-produced King Crimson 40th Anniversary editions were voted as Best Reissue, and the SW mixed We’re Here Because We’re Here by Anathema took the No.2 slot for Best Album. Elsewhere the magazine features an extensive 8-page spread about the band and interviews with everyone.


New Ex-Wise Heads album

"Schemata" is the 6th full length album by the band and sees the duo of Colin Edwin and (former Henry Cow member) Geoff Leigh explore some darker and more primal elements than earlier recordings.

Accessible and absorbing, just over an hour of new music showcases the duo's ever developing fascination with soundscapes, minimalism, atmospherics, unusual instrumentation and exotic rhythmic patterns around the core elements of Colin Edwin's forceful bass playing and Geoff Leigh's fearless and spontaneous flute and saxophone solos. Rick Edwards (who has also guested previously with No-Man and many years ago on Porcupine Tree's Moonloop)  adds percussion and Rajan Spolia contributes his inimitable raga like acoustic guitar work to the nine minute closing track "Breathing to Forget"

To celebrate the release of the album, until March 1st, all the previous Ex-Wise Heads CD's, Geoff Leigh's "Mirage" project albums and Colin Edwin's solo CD "Third Vessel" will be specially priced at £7 each, with also reduced prices on downloads.

Check out this video made by Richard Coldman and Photographer Maciej Bury for the track "Ascendance".


Delerium box set

28th February will see the release of a box set on Esoteric / Cherry Red documenting Delerium Records, the label set up by Richard Allen at the start of the 90's to cater for Richard's love of psychedelic music. Among the very first signings to the label were Porcupine Tree, who released 4 studio albums on the label between 1992-96. "The Last Daze of the Underground" is a 3 CD box set that includes the rare short version of "Radioactive Toy" (different intro and guitar solo), and the title track of Signify, as well as tracks from many of the other bands that released music on Delerium Records, and a detailed booklet containing the history of the label.

Richard Allen: “I’d ideally like everyone to make an effort and support a local independent music retailer, since if it wasn’t for those kinds of outlets Delerium Records would never have existed. Failing that , and despite the fact they are offshore avoiding tax (to the detriment of the surviving UK independent retailers) buy it from HMV.com and help support the last UK music retail chain, without whom the high street will be a very bleak place. As a last resort get it from Amazon…..”


PT App

PT are in the process of developing an official App for iPhone and iPad for release around Feb/March (and maybe later also for Android). It's heading towards being something quite unique, watch this space for more news soon...


Anesthetize best DVD in Classic Rock

PT's Anesthetize has been awarded DVD of the year by the critics of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine. Also in the top 5 were Lasse Hoile's film about SW "Insurgentes" at no 3, and No-Man Mixtaped at no 5. The award for best album went to the SW mixed Anathema comeback album "We're Here Because We're Here".

And just a reminder that for December only the Anesthetize DVD is available on sale for only £6 at the PT Store as part of the Christmas sale.


Cardiacs tribute album

Available now is "Leader of the Starry Skies", a tribute album to Tim Smith, leader of Cardiacs, who has been tragically stuck in hospital for two years after suffering a heart attack. All profits from the album will go to Tim. The album includes Steven Wilson performing Cardiacs song "Stoneage Dinosaurs", plus exclusive contributions from Oceansize, The Magic Numbers, Andy Partridge (XTC), Max Tundra, and many more.

You can purchase here.


Blackfield new album / tour

Blackfield, the project of PT's Steven Wilson and Israeli songwriter Aviv Geffen have announced a European tour to promote their next album (to be released in late March). Check out the Blackfield facebook page for details. US/Mexico/Canada show announcements to follow, plus Summer festival appearances.

More news on the album soon...


PT nominated for Grammy

For the second time Porcupine Tree have been nominated for a US Grammy in the best surround sound mix category. And this time the band aren't up against the Beatles! The ceremony and results will take place in mid February.


Gavin clinics in Germany

Gavin will play drum clinics in Germany soon. 6.12.10 Musik Markstein, R.-Breitscheid-Str. 36, 08116 Hartenstein GERMANY.

For more info please check here.


SW albums of the year

SW posted his favourite albums of the year on his SWHQ website.


PT Xmas sale!

There is a Christmas sale over at the PT Store. - several items, including Recordings CD and t-shirt, and the recent Anesthetize DVD are reduced by between 30-50% for this month only. Plus orders over £20 get a free Incident badge. XM and Futile downloads also now reduced to a much lower price.

Some of these items are while stocks last, only a few remaining, and on 1st January prices will go up again so don't delay!


SW Tape Experiments release

SW's early Tape Experiments are now released as a vinyl only edition on ToneFloat, packaged in a style that is an homage to 70's bootlegs, as befitting the lo-fi cassette nature of the music. Now available and shipping from Headphone Dust or ToneFloat.


Barbieri Gear Nerd!

Richard has been interviewed by our friends at Roadrunner about his approach to playing, his influences and what he does with all that gear! Check out the interview here


Gavin goes to Hollywood

Gavin will me making a one off special performance at the Guitar Center's Drum-Off Grand Finals January 8th at The Music Box in Hollywood. As part of the entertainment - Gavin will be doing a duet with the amazing Simon Phillips. more


Listen with SW

There’s an extensive interview with SW up on webmag musicradar where he discusses working with Gavin, new solo projects in development, playing with bands such as Oceansize and his thoughts on the must-hear records for anyone wishing to broaden their musical horizons. “What's nice is when you hear a band and you think, 'Fuck knows what they listen to!' (laughs) I like bands that really confront your expectations and that really comes from having an interesting listening diet, and not just listening to prog rock. I think people think we just listen to Yes and Genesis records all day. Yes, there was a time when I was a kid and you know I did completely immerse myself in that world but I haven't really listened to that music a lot over the past 20 years and that's what you hear when you listen to Porcupine Tree.

You hear those death metal riffs and those industrial rhythms and those pop songs and those harmony vocals and those ambient sections because I don't just listen to prog rock and I think it's great - I think it's very important - I think everyone should listen to some classic progressive records - some Crimson records, some Floyd records, maybe some of the early Yes records - those are extraordinary records and they were records that were really reaching for something... reaching for the stars, y'know?”

Elsewhere, the effects on SW of listening to too much King Crimson can be found on this entry from Robert Fripp’s diary.


Recordings Reviewed

Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine has warm words of praise for two PT-related releases in the current issue. First up is a review of the 5.1 Surround Sound edition of Circles by Gavin Harrison and 05Ric. “As the album gets underway, the listener is placed directly in the midst of the action. Such is the illusion of proximity it’s hard to resist the urge to duck for cover, as bubbling bass lines vault behind your head or Harrison’s ingenious playing scuttles and scurries about the room.”

Elsewhere in the magazine, the newly reissued archive release, Recordings">Recordings (originally from 2001) also receives a thumbs up. “Recordings features the kind of brilliantly meandering epics so beloved of diehard prog fans. best here are opener Buying New Soul and the brooding Even Less, which originally had been split into two parts (one for Stupid Dream, the other on the Stronger By The Minute single).”


PT People In Q&As

The latest edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine has Gavin Harrison answering questions on his career in general, his collaboration with 05Ric and the album, Circles, as well as his thoughts on making music. Here’s a quick excerpt from the feature which contains a page of questions and answers and a full-page black and white portrait of the man himself.

You’ve won many awards in the ‘Best Progressive Drummer” category, but is that too restrictive a label for your work?

I think the prog genre has become much wider than it used to be. It now includes all kinds of things that people might have thought of as experimental or alternative. it’s different to what prog used to be, let’s put it that way. I don’t know if I think of it as progressive; I just think of it as a direction I want to go in. The worst thing is making something that sounds like something you’ve done before. That’s the yardstick really. And I think that’s true in Porcupine Tree too, we try not to repeat ourselves."

Elsewhere, Colin has been talking about the way he approaches the bass end of PT’s music.

“Porcupine Tree music isn’t necessarily difficult in a technical sense, and certainly not compared to some bands, but it can still be a challenge to play something that’s both appropriate and also interesting for the listener. The music is generally quite dense sonically speaking, so more often than not, as far as the bass goes, a simpler more economical bassline frequently has more power and is more fitting than something busy. I have to be careful sometimes about going out of the bass register, as the overall sound of the ensemble demands a solid bottom end.
Feel, space, dynamics, length of note and of course sound and tone are all very important too. Recording a lot has also taught me the importance of space.  I am also very aware that the bassline is kind of like the “glue” that holds a lot of the other parts together, so small variations in a part can sometimes make a big difference. For me, when a bassline is “right”, it’s when you can really hear it as an integral and essential part of the whole piece.”
You can read the whole thing here.


Ex-Wise Heads Track Preview

There’s a preview of a new track from Colin’s collaboration with ex-Henry Cow wind player, Geoff Leigh available to listen to and watch as wellhere. The tune "Pretertial" has been set to the small screen by film maker Richard Coldman in collaboration with Polish photographer Maciej Bury. Elsewhere the most recent Ex-Wise Heads release "Celestial Disclosure" is reviewed. “Like the opening piece, the slightly longer “Solar Mass” starts unhurriedly, with a curdling synthetic drone the initial focal point before the material enters a laid-back section where Edwin's beautiful bass tone is given a few moments in the spotlight. His tasteful playing, always supportive of whatever's happening in the moment, is one of the album's prime selling points. Leigh's flute and saxophone playing also proves to be a major part of the music's appeal, as shown by the mournful flute solo he contributes to the piece's second half and the rather Eastern-flavoured sax solo that comes after.” You can read the whole review here


SW In Three Parts

SW has been talking to our pals at Roadrunner Records. In Part One he chats about the show at Radio City Music Hall. Part Two has SW reflecting on a period of change being experienced by the band. Part Three he discusses the nature of the special show at the Royal Albert Hall as well as musing upon his collaboration with his old mucker, Mikael Akerfeldt.


Gavin in Rhythm magazine

Gavin is on the front cover of the new (November) edition of UK drum magazine Rhythm. Inside is an in depth 10 page feature interview including comments from all the members of PT.


Tour blog updated

There’s a new set of pictures of PT at Arhuss in Denmark over on the tour blog. Taken by Lasse Hoile you can see the whole set here.

Elsewhere, Celestial Disclosure , the new album from Colin’s Ex-Wise Heads project receives a favourable review.

“Even more distinctly, however, the album is the result of the interaction between two musicians who have very much arrived at a personal voice. Edward's Bass is dynamic, direct and playful, searching for delicate variations in simple motives and painstakingly avoiding cliches. You can hear how much the asceticism and purity of Dub have become an integral aspect of his technique, how elements of Rock, Funk and Jazz have percolated into his vocabulary. And yet, what results from this fusion is something completely his own.”

You can read the whole thing here.


SW song / PT session downloads + Tim Smith CD

On Steven's Soundcloud page you can now find full resolution WAV files of a 3 track Porcupine Tree radio session, and a the song "Home in Negative" to download for free. More material will be added to this page (always non-compressed full resolution) in due course. Check Steven's facebook page for more information on these songs.

Steven has also contributed a cover version of Cardiacs "Stoneage Dinosaurs" to a Tim Smith tribute album, which will be released on 6th December. You can pre-order now. As I'm sure many of you know Tim had a very serious heart attack in 2008 and has been in hospital for the last 2 years. The proceeds from the album will go to trying to get Tim back home. The album also includes contributions from (among many others) Oceansize and Andy Partridge (XTC), and pre-orders will also include a free download of a second disc. Pre-order here.


Final RAH tickets on sale

Porcupine Tree have now finalised their production design and are happy to announce the release of 48 floor seats and 140 extra standing tickets for their Royal Albert Hall show on 14th October.

These are on sale now through www.royalalberthall.com.


Ex-Wise Heads Celestial Disclosure Re-issue

Colin Edwin’s collaboration with ex-Henry Cow wind player, Geoff Leigh, Ex-Wise Heads are reissuing their 2008 vinyl-only album, Celestial Disclosure. It comes with the inclusion of "Manikarnika", an exclusive bonus track dating from the same period.

"Manikarnika" was recorded during the same period as Celestial Disclosure and was intended as a feature for guitarist Rajan Spolia, who guests on the Ex-Wise Heads album "Liquid Assets" and who's most recent album "More Than Words" was recorded by Colin in 2008. Geoff and Colin both felt that "Manikarnika" didn't fit the flow of "Liquid Assets", hence it was left off the final album.

However, being a lengthy and flowing atmospheric track, it perfectly complements the two tracks originally on the vinyl only Celestial Disclosure, and is included as a worthy bonus to what Ex-Wise Head still consider their strongest releases to date.

Celestial Disclosure comes in a high-quality japanese style mini album cardboard sleeve. The release date is october 11, 2010 and you can pre-order it here .

You can read an interview with Colin talking about his work in Ex-Wise Heads over on Progarchives.


Decade / Decayed - Lasse Hoile Exhibition

On the day that PT play to a sold-out Albert Hall you can also get a glimpse of artwork by Lasse Hoile - the man responsible for over 10 years of PT artwork. The exhibition is up at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on Thursday 14th October and will be open to the general public from 1.00 - 5.00 p.m. with the last entry at 4.30 p.m. PT ticket holders can view from 1.00 p.m. until showtime and during intervals. You’ll also be able to purchase signed artwork on the day


Radio City photographs

Some great pictures taken last week at the band's Radio City Music Hall show by Joe Del Tufo are available to view on the Studio M website.

This show was a very special 3 hour "evening with" performance attended by close to 6,000 people, and it included many songs the band had either never played before or not played for several years. A similar event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on the 14th October.


Circles now released

Gavin & O5Ric's 5.1 surround mix of their most recent album "Circles" is now released. More info here. There's also a long interview with Gavin and Frank Jenks here


Official facebook page

There is now (finally) an official Porcupine Tree facebook page here. Also a reminder of the the band's official PTOfficial twitter feed. For regular updates please sign up to one or both!


Love Respect And Grace

Colin has contributed an exclusive solo track a tribute album designed to raise further funds for Mick Karn. Entitled ...a show of love, respect and grace, it will be available on Tuesday 28th September. You can find out more about the album here and add it to your Amazon wish list .


SW new solo track + press update

Steven has been in New York doing some promotion for the Radio City Music Hall Show and screening of Insurgentes. He was interviewed on New York radio station WNYC today, and left them with an exclusive solo recording called Home on Negative, which is now available on their website here (for more information about the track check Steven's Facebook page). You can also read an interview with Time Out New York. Meanwhile Steven's fifth column for Electronic Music magazine is called Everyone's a Critic.


Drum clinic in Sheffield

Gavin will be performing at the "Beat 2010" drumming event in Sheffield 14th November. Tickets are now on sale here!


Royal Albert Hall Update -- IMPORTANT!!!

Please note that contrary to the information printed on the Royal Albert Hall tickets, the show on the 14th October is an evening with Porcupine Tree, there is no opening act, and the band will perform a longer than normal show, which will commence at 7.45pm. "So please don't be late!"


The Richard Barbieri Interview

There’s a great fun interview with Richard Barbieri. Find out about the first album he ever bought, Millwall FC, Richard’s ultimate fantasy band, favourite venues, favourite radio show and a whole lot more, by clicking here!


Prodigal on film

Film of the band playing Prodigal live - an out-take from the Anesthetize film - is now up on the PT youtube channel.


Twitter update

Hello folks - if you haven't already we advise you to follow the band's official twitter feed here. porcupinetree.com will be the place to get major updates as always, but the twitter feed will contain daily info and occasional messages from the band, links to reviews, forthcoming release updates, and links to photos and video footage from the road (a short clip of Gavin sound checking yesterday in Cleveland has just been posted.)


Gavin's new website

Gavin has launched his new website here.


PT Twitter feed

Finally there is an official Porcupine Tree twitter feed here. Go sign up!


SW Insurgentes DVD and screenings

Burning Shed now have the double DVD of Lasse Hoile's film about SW "Insurgentes" up for pre-order. The first 2,000 copies from the store are going to come with a little extra free gift too! The 2 disc set comes in a hardback digibook with 64 page book, and includes a lot of bonus video and audio material.

Also announced is that there will be pre-release screenings of the film, with question and answer sessions with SW and director Lasse Hoile, at Prince Charles Theatre in Leicester Square, London on 2nd September, and at the IFC Centre in New York City on 21st September. There are a small number of tickets available to the public for each of these screenings. NYC tickets are now available from the Burning Shed, with London tickets available directly from Prince Charles here

Meanwhile, the fourth of Steven's columns in Electronic Music appears in the September issue, or can be viewed on line here.


When Even Less Means More!

Fighting against their jetlag, PT nevertheless turned in a stonking performance at San Francisco’s Warfield according to this review of last night’s gig.


New date for PT

Just added to the band’s itinerary: Aarhus, Denmark at Train on October 4th. Tickets go on sale on August 11th and will be available from here

Elsewhere, there’s a bit of a blast from the past to be found in this video interview with SW and Gavin dating from 2007. Including some brief footage of the band soundchecking prior to a gig at Falls Church, VA, SW and GH talk about the virtues of surround sound.


Surrounded by SW

SW has made a contribution to a new book called “Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros: Insights on Recording Audio for Music, Video, Film, and Games” by Rick Clarke. OK, so it may not be the snappiest title in the world but it does exactly what it says on the tin. SW contributes a chapter on approaches to surround sound mixing. Check out the Amazon page for the book here.

There are a few of the limited edition crystal reproductions of The Incident cover artwork still available. Check out the website for further details.

Finally, in case you missed it first time around, you can listen to a SW interview over on the Gagliarchives talking about the release of The Incident and beyond. Catch it here .


Working out

Although its been around since The Incident was released, this interview with Steven is a timely reminder as to what he gets to in between this summer’s gigs. No mention of ever sleeping though!

SW's remixing of King Crimson's 1970's back catalogue with new Stereo and 5.1 mixes continues apace with In The Wake of Poseidon (1970) and Islands (1971). You can get full details here.


Brilliant Barbieri

Richard Barbieri is singled out for praise by No-Man vocalist Tim Bowness in an interview marking the re-issue of Wild Opera. “Richard is a true original in his approach of music and sound. I think he is of the same importance as people like Brian Eno. Just listen to Japan’s Tin Drum. What Richard does on that album is of sheer brilliance. He also really likes more heavy music so his enthusiasm of playing with Porcupine Tree is genuine. His saves his love for more subtle music for his solo albums.” Read the rest of the interview with Tim here.


Gavin - “a modern-day rhythmic genius”

Gavin Harrison’s book, Rhythmic Designs, has been awarded no less than five stars in the latest edition of Modern Drummer. Exploring and explaining the rhythmic ideas and concepts behind his albums with bassist / singer 05Ric, Drop and Circles, the reviewer notes “The package is very well thought out. Harrison meticulously explains, dissects, and performs examples from each track on the double-sided DVD, while the book helps you follow and learn the written notation of each complete drum track, painstakingly transcribed from the original CDs by Modern Drummer contributor Terry Branam.

Harrison is articulate and entertaining as he recounts the construction of his advanced odd-meter and oddly grouped groove patterns. There are also MP3 play-alongs on the DVD. This is an affordable, educational journey into heavy concepts from the creative mind of a modern-day rhythmic genius.” Copies of the book are available from the store .

The second album with 05Ric, Circles, is also being remixed for 5.1 surround sound and being reissued on K-Scope. Find out more details and pre-order, here.


Recordings now available

The last major missing piece of the Porcupine Tree back catalogue is finally available again. "Recordings" was originally compiled in 2000 in order to help finance a tour, and although it is mainly a collection of leftover songs from Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun, the band and many fans consider it to be every bit as strong as these albums. It includes favourites such as Buying New Soul, Disappear, Ambulance Chasing, and the full 14 minute version of Even Less. Recordings will be reissued on 23rd August by KScope, faithful to the original edition, but in a digibook sleeve. It's available for pre-order at the PT Store now.


Anesthetize mesmerizing

The Blu-ray edition of Anesthetize is reviewed over at Blogcritics. “Porcupine Tree have once again captured another mesmerizing concert performance on DVD. This one will be hard to knock off my best of 2010 list. Special thanks goes out to director/editor Lasse Hoile...His knowledge of the band's music also made for some perfectly timed camera cuts to capture those essential guitar licks, keyboard riffs, and drum fills the moment they occur.” There’s also praise for Gavin, whom the reviewer reckons “may be the best drummer on the planet right now, and Hoile positions cameras at every vantage point around his kit. If you are a Harrison fan, or a fan of great drumming in general, you'll be drooling over some of the shots you get to witness here.” Take a look at the whole review.

Elsewhere, SW is talking about his IEM project, his influences and the way experimentation informs all his work. Check it out here.


Two More In October

Porcupine Tree have added another two dates to their itinerary in October.
Dublin Tripod 11th October 2010
Belfast Mandela Hall 12th October 2010.

The tickets go on sale Friday 30th July. For Dublin click here or phone: 0818 719 300. For Belfast go here or phone: 0844 277 4455


Headphone Dust stock update

New vinyl releases just added to Steven Wilson's Headphone Dust mail order page include the new 2LP vinyl edition of Porcupine Tree's In Absentia, and SW's Cover Versions 5 and 6 on 7 inch. Orders for the Cover Version singles will include a special post card of a reproduction of two pages from SW's personal note book, on which he noted any song it occurred to him might be good to record for the series. As with the released cover versions, the list of these unrecorded songs includes some very interesting and unexpected choices! This postcard is only available with the vinyl editions.

Also still in stock at Headphone Dust, but down to the very last copies, are the limited Cover Versions CD box set, and the Complete I.E.M. 4 CD box set. These will not be repressed.


3 for Anesthetize

3 for Anesthetize
Anesthetize has been the subject of multiple reviews over at the Dutch Progressive Rock Pages website. Reviewer Ed Sanders notes “Dark Matter has an extended spooky intro by Barbieri on keys and Strip The Soul is merged with .3. Originally, as a demo, .3 used to be part of a 16 minute version of Strip The Soul, which would later return to the heavy chord section of that track. This 'medley' is the closest you'll get to hearing the band play the original version.”

Hector Gomez observes “The performances are, of course, marvelous, with the perfect mix of sobriety and virtuosity only a band like this can manage. Again, hats off to the incredible drumming by Gavin Harrison, Colin Edwin’s subtle but infectious bass lines and, last but not least, the depth and richness of Richard Barbieri’s synths and soundscapes. Special mention to John Wesley on vocals and guitar; I wouldn’t mind if he becomes a regular member (but also I appreciate his independence).”

Finally, Dave Baird is more than satisfied with the look of the DVD. “it's directed by Lasse Hoile who knows the music very well indeed and knows/feels when to jump around, when to pan, when to pause and who to focus on at any particular time. This satisfies visually with good movement and satisfies the musical nerds amongst us who are hoping the camera will jump to Gavin to show the upcoming tricky drum-roll, it does, how about those nice fat strings that Richard's about to play, the view switches there too, it's spot-on, I can't remember a point in the film where you feel you've missed anything.”

You can read all three reviews over at the DPRP site as well as take part in a competition to win a copy of Anesthetize yourself .

Elsewhere, SW’s latest column for EM ponders on compression.


PT & Co Sampled

The July edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine has a cover mount CD featuring a track from PT. The sampler for the K-Scope label, includes Way Out of Here from FOABP, as well as All Fall Down from Richard Barbieri’s solo album, Stranger Inside, Circles from Gavin Harrison and 05ric’s album of the same name, and No Twilight from SW’s album, Insurgentes. Other related tracks includes an edit of True North from No Man’s Schoolyard Ghosts, and Once by Blackfield.

Anesthetize is given the 4-star treatment in the pages of August edition of Record Collector. Of the Blu-ray and DVD set, the magazine notes “It’s a consummately filmed and edited presentation that effectively draws in the visual backdrops and succeeds in rellaying back the feel and atmosphere of a band whose compelling conceit is their juxtaposition of geeky scientific constructs with a brooding rock swagger.”


Bonnie The Cat Global Premiere

There’s a brand new video for Bonnie The Cat to feast your eyes upon from today. You can see the video right here. Our thanks also to our partners who’ve helped make it happen at Revolver, Total Guitar, Music Radar, Classic Rock magazine, and Metal Hammer


Exciting Times

Congratulations go to Gavin and his book, Rhythmic Designs , which took the Best in Show prize at the Summer NAMM show held in Nashville recently!
PT’s upcoming gig in Israel is the subject of this feature and “For all the apocalyptic clamor about the death of the album, this is actually a very exciting time for recording artists”, says SW in his latest column for Electronic Musician. Check out SW’s thinking over at EM. Finally speaking of albums, mention of the 180g vinyl edition of In Absentia mentioned recently, reminds us that Lasse Hoile has a few prints left of the iconic cover over at his site.


PT Play Germany

The band will be undertaking a series of German dates in October and tickets are on sale now.

October 5th Steintor-Variete, Halle
October 6th Admiralspalast, Berlin
October 7th RurhCongress,Bochum
October 8th Brahms-Saal, Karlsrhue


Facebook pages

Gavin Harrison and Steven Wilson now both have their own official facebook pages, which they will be using for regular news updates - please go ahead and subscribe to these pages: here for Gavin and here for Steven.


In Absentia back on vinyl

ToneFloat are now pre-selling a new 180gm double vinyl edition of PT's In Absentia album. It came out on vinyl originally through Warners in 2003, but that version sold out very quickly and has become quite a rarity these days.

They are also pre-selling the last two Steven Wilson Cover Version 7 inch singles, which completes the vinyl series. There's no box for them all to go in as there is with the CD version, but orders will also include a post card of a reproduction of two pages from SW's personal note book on which he noted any song it occurred to him that might be good to record for the series. Both the PT vinyl and Cover Version singles are expected to ship on 12th July.


Anesthetize - taking you where other DVDs don’t go

Anesthetize has been picking up some good reviews. Over on the Blogcritics site, the way in which the camera work takes you deep into the band’s working environment is clearly appreciated. “With many of the shots filmed from behind Harrison's kit, you see everything from the double-bass movements of his feet during "Halo" to the all of those little cymbals and bells he hits during the intricate drum parts on "Anesthetize." Harrison's status as a world-class skinsman is no secret to PT fans of course. But seeing it up close and personal is a revelation.

Likewise, the contributions of keyboardist Richard Barbieri and bassist Colin Edwin come into much sharper focus here. On "Anesthetize," you hear Edwin playing bass parts you never even knew were there before, and the sweep of Barbieri's keyboards during songs like "Dark Matter" and "Sentimental" is so deep it nearly swallows you. On the latter, there is also a very cool shot near the song's end where the keys themselves are reflected in Barbieri's ever-present shades.” Read more here.

Similarly, the reviewer at Bring The Noise webmag is impressed with the DVD’s direction overall. “It’s obvious why they repeatedly choose to collaborate with Danish born Hoile   Having previously directed videos ‘Blackfield’ and ‘Time Flies’ as well as the ‘Blackfield Live in NY’ DVD they clearly share a vision, the images chosen, created and manipulated to appear on the large screens complement the bands unique sound perfectly. The manner in which the show has been put on, whilst being spectacular is by no means overindulgent or extravagant like many other concerts with a budget for stage enhancement. With this particular live experience as a viewer you feel more as though you are part of an art installation, just one that takes place in a rather grand gallery space!!
For fans this is an absolute essential for the collection, and for Porcupine Tree virgins and Video Art fanatics alike I would similarly recommend a viewing. Whether you end up finding a new favourite band or not, you are at last sure to witness, via the screen of your TV or laptop, a band who are unfaltering in their ability to put on a flawless and inspiring show.” Check out the full review here .

SW is the subject of an in-depth and insightful interview by the always-excellent Innerviewswebsite run by ace music writer, Anil Prasad.


US dates with Coheed and Cambria

PT is happy to announce that the band will be joining Coheed and Cambria to coheadline 12 dates in the US in August. Tickets are on sale to the general public this Friday, June 25th The band will also be headlining their own show at The Warfield in San Francisco on August 11th. ROABP info to be posted shortly.

11th San Francisco, CA - The Warfield (PT only)
12th Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
13th Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
14th San Diego, CA – 4th and B (21+)
16th Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
17th El Paso, TX – Club 101
18th San Antonio, TX - Sunset Station
20th Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
21st Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
22nd Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
23rd St Louis, MO - Pageant
25th Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
26th Cleveland, OH – Nautica Pavilion


Atlanta Mick Karn benefit release

"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.


PT Chart Attack!

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

Meanwhile, there’s a new set of pix over at the The Incident tour blog.
This time it’s the turn of Chicago’s Riviera to step into the spotlight.


PT sell out!

The Anesthetize DVD + Blu-ray Edition is doing so well, Amazon can’t keep up with the demand. read all about it here. Meanwhile there’s an IMDB entry for Anesthetize where reviews of the set can be posted - it’d be great to see it trending on that site.


Celebrate the summer festivals in PT Style

Unfortunately it is not practical to get PT merchandise to all the band's festivals appearances (not to mention the inflated prices that many of the festivals want to charge you guys for t-shirts!), so instead we have decided to make a Special Edition PORCUPINE TREE - THE FESTIVALS t-shirt available online to commemorate the 2010 Summer dates.

The front features a crowd of Incident men and the back print has "PORCUPINE TREE - THE FESTIVALS" and the dates of all the outdoor Summer shows. Order it now and wear it to the festival!

Also new to the store is the Anesthetize hooded sweatshirt featuring the Porcupine Tree logo on the front breast pocket area and a large print of the DVD cover artwork on the back.

Extra stock of the incredibly popular Anesthetize t-shirts will also be ready to ship next week.

Both The Festivals and Anesthetize shirts are also available in a girls fit t-shirt.


Auction for Mick Karn

Some of you may already have heard the sad news that Mick Karn, one of the most talented bass players of his generation, has recently been diagnosed with the advanced stages of cancer. Mick was previously in the band Japan along with Richard Barbieri, and Steven and Gavin have also worked and toured with Mick. There is an appeal for funds to help pay for his medical and care expenses on the Mick Karn website, as well as for financial support for his family. Money raised by selling some Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson rarities on eBay is being donated to the fund, including two copies of the special edition red cover version of "Anesthetize" (with 120 page book, DVD, Blu-Ray and 2 audio CDs), which you can bid on here.


Gavin Harrison at Number 1.

Congratulations to Gavin on being voted Number 1 Progressive Rock Drummer in the 2010 readers poll of Modern Drummer magazine. Just in case you didn’t know, Modern Drummer is the world's biggest and longest running drum magazine and this is the fourth time in a row that Gavin has won this award. Gavin says “I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me.”

Meanwhile Gavin’s book, Rhythmic Designs has received another glowing review this time at drumming site, mikedolbear.com . “With over two and a half hours worth of material there’s a wealth of information to watch and learn from. The bulk of the DVD deals with every song from both albums, giving examples of certain key grooves, intros, interesting time signatures and chorus breakdowns. While watching this it’s impossible not to get over-awed by Gavin’s playing; be it straight 4/4 grooves or horrendously complex parts, he always plays with such musicality, with the groove being the key element.” Read the whole thing here.


Lasse Fever

There’s a fantastic opportunity to own some original artwork by the man who has played such a part in defining PT’s visual identity and presence over the years. Lasse Hoile has several items for sale via his website.

There are only 20 posters available (including a few incredible value poster sets that gets you Halo, Stupid Dream and Mother And Child image that was taken during the Deadwing photo sessions.

In addition to the posters and the few poster sets, there are also some extremely rare original items for purchase including a signed and framed edition of one print of an image taken during The Incident photoshoot but which was never used.

Of course low grade thumbnails don't really do the work justice so check out Lasse’s store for more details of this unique offer


No.1 DVD

The Lasse Hoile-directed Anesthetize has been doing well in the DVD charts around the world. For example; Finland #1, Germany #2, Holland #7, and UK #9. You can buy it from the PT store.

Lasse also has a few Halo and Stupid Dream posters available from his site.

Finally, there’s a new interview with SW online. Conducted when the band were in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this year, you can read the whole thing here.


Demystifying drumming

The June edition of Drummer magazine awards Gavin’s book Rhythmic Designs no less than five stars. “Giving the student an insight into his creative processes is possibly the greatest feature of the package as it gives us a deeper understanding of what Gavin is actually playing and also encourages the student to explore their own creativity using similar methods.” You can get Rhythmic Designs here.


Steven Wilson at Number 1!

Well, kind of....The new Pendulum album "Immersion" on which Steven co-wrote and sang the track called "The Fountain" has entered the UK album chart today at number 1. Congratulations to Rob Swire and Pendulum!


Reissue of Recordings

Porcupine Tree's Recordings will be reissued on 6th September on KScope - a straight reissue, there won't be any bonus tracks or remastering.


Ruisrock Festival

The band is sorry to announce that due to circumstances beyond its control, PT has had to withdraw from the Ruisrock Festival in Finland. We apologize sincerely to our Finnish fans, and assure you that every effort is being made to reschedule a PT appearance in Finland this year.


SW in Sound on Sound

In the June edition of Sound On Sound,Steven talks about his preference for working in a small space rather than the pricey big-time studios. “Anything sounds good in a big studio but the trick is to make it sound good on a shitty system in a shitty room, because that is closer to the way everyone else is going to hear it. If you can do that it will sound good on any system. That’s proved to be the case for me over and over again.” You read the preview of the piece here.
Also, you can hear SW talking all manner of subjects over at ListenIn


PT in Poland

The band have added another date to their itinerary. They’ll be playing at Toya Studios in Lodz, Poland on Saturday July 17th.

Meanwhile on the social networking front Gavin has been updating his Facebook page.

SW can also be heard talking on the Gagliarchives show back in March. Check it out here


PT in Madrid

The band will be sharing the bill at Madrid’s Sonisphere Festival on July 9th.

Elswhere, SW appears on the front cover of German magazine Rock Hard this month, along with Mike Portnoy, drummer of the band Dream Theater.  Inside is a 36 special on progressive rock past and present, essentially a beginners guide for the magazine's largely young metal readership.  

Porcupine Tree are featured in a run down of the 9 most significant progressive bands, along with Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Genesis, Yes, ELP, Rush, Marillion, and Jethro Tull, and "Stupid Dream" is deemed to be one of the 15 top progressive albums of all time.


Sharp as a razor

Anesthetize is the lead DVD review in the latest edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog. Here’s a portion of what Jerry Ewing had to say about it.

"The sumptuous sound and spot-on performance are what you’d expect from a band like Porcupine Tree. What Anesthetize does do is divert some of the attention away from Wilson, who is often your focal point during gigs, thus emphasising the array of talent on offer from Richard Barbieri, Gavin Harrison, and Colin Edwin (a special nod to additional guitarist John Wesley too). Not that this is likely to come as much of a surprise to any P-Tree fan, but it’s just nice to have it confirmed on a nice big screen in front of you in the comfort of your own lounge.”

Although the deluxe 4 disc edition of Anethetize has now sold out, the standard DVD edition can be found at the store.

Elsewhere SW sent a letter to the New York Times in response to an article about the decline in audio quality with the advent and rise of MP3. You can read SW’s letter here.

Finally, there’s a gallery of photographs taken from the band’s show at Salle Wilfred-Pelletier in Montreal.


Two takes on Toronto

Here’s a couple of reviews of the same gig. First up is Natalie Zed’s apocalyptic take on the physical and emotional impact of the concert for webmag, Hellbound: “Then, near the end, as a train on the screen drew closer and a stark white light grew brighter, it hit me. We were all as stunned as animals caught in a truck’s headlights, unable to save ourselves, unwilling to move ourselves out of the way. About to be struck, we could only stare in awe. Because, despite the damage the impact could cause, it was still beautiful. Disarmingly, awfully beautiful.”

Over at webmag Music Vice, reviewer Brian Banks picked up on the issues around the group’s request for no photography during their shows. “The camera ban was no doubt disappointing for some fans but  it’s a pretty common concert rule back on Porcupine Tree’s home turf in the the UK, and maybe a few punters learned something tonight: Ixnay on the gadgets because it’s often more fun to just enjoy the show and experience the moment, rather than waving your camera or mobile phone over your head for the duration to take some blurry pictures that you’re never going to look at again anyway.”


Crystal Incident redux

You might recall that last month we ran a piece on a limited edition crystal block containing The Incident cover art engraved inside the crystal itself. The word has come back from Kreative Concepts who’ve manufactured the limited edition run that the blocks are selling fast and if anyone is debating whether to order or not, NOW is the time to make a decision before they are all gone! You can check out the details and nab yours by visiting the maker’s website and order form.

Elsewhere, there’s a review of the band’s show at Charlotte which observed “Thankfully, the precious conceptual bits and dynamic flashes of The Incident were never lost during the flawless performance. The images were satisfyingly evocative, melding perfectly with the music, and the band displayed a mind-boggling amount of ability. Moving flawlessly between trance-inducing vignettes, atmospheric space-rock, and hooky pop songs, the whole of The Incident unfurled with an appropriate emotional weight.” Read all about it here.


Down in Detroit

Colin was interviewed in Detroit recently by Horror movie webmag, Bloody-Disgusting. He talks about life on the road, visiting the pyramids in Mexico, the making of his solo album, Third Vessel, getting into Tool, the fine art of not over-exposing oneself and a discussion about his favourite horror movies. See it here.

Elsewhere there’s a review of the band’s show in Houston over at Popmatters and in this interview , SW talks about the shape and content of his next solo album.

Finally, Chordstruck magazine carries an interview with SW where he talks about the importance of PT members keeping active outside of the band. “It’s unhealthy, in a way, to only play with the same group the whole time. I’ll go off and work with a death metal band or a jazz band. Richard [Barbieri] will go off and do an electronic album. Colin [Edwin] will go off and do an album of world music and African music. In a way, we bring all that enthusiasm and all those ideas back to the band and we find a way to re-integrate those ideas back into the fabric of the band’s sound. It’s what’s kept the band moving and evolving forward musically and stopped us from getting bored and jaded about what we do”.


Complete IEM box set pre-order

The 4 CD Complete I.E.M. box set is now available to pre-order from Headphone Dust or ToneFloat and will be shipping in early June.

Described by himself as "a curiosity in my discography", I.E.M. has always been Steven Wilson's most obscure and mysterious project, active between 1996-2001, but with each release recorded and mixed in only a matter of days. Divided into several parts and movements, the epic krautrock-suites of the debut album were equally influenced by the recording processes of early Can, Neu! and Amon Duul II. While these long and constantly evolving pieces were built from inspired solo improvisations in the studio and catered to an anti-analytical production philosophy, Arcadia Son, featured a more conventional band of flute, drums and PT's Colin Edwin on bass. As Porcupine Tree moved more towards songs and structure, meanwhile, I.E.M. took over the experimental side of SW's personality, with 2001's I.E.M. Have Come for your Children, de- and reconstructing instrumental contributions into up to 35-minute long electronic soundscapes. After the release of that album, however, Bass Communion firmly established itself as Steven Wilson's main experimental outfit and I.E.M. faded from sight - only to see its cult-status continually rise over the years.

All the original CDs have long been out of print, but the Complete I.E.M. box now contains every single note officially released by this project, 3 full length albums and 1 EP, each presented in its own Japanese style mini LP sleeve, packaged in a hardback slipcase box accompanied by a Carl Glover designed 60 page-booklet. This release is both an homage and a final farewell to I.E.M. and is strictly limited to 2,000 copies worldwide.


PT crowd-pleasing

There’s a short interview with SW contained in the pages of The Montreal Gazette and a review of the band’s show at Place de Arts. “The second half displayed the liberation in being a band with no "hits" but with a rich catalogue, alternating between fan favourites (Hatesong) and less expected selections (Stars Die). In theory, Wilson's outspoken belief that music needs to be enjoyed on the artist's terms was at odds with the decision to play only the middle section of Anesthetize, the 17-minute centrepiece of 2007's Fear of a Blank Planet. In practice, the decision was inspired -- the concert had already featured one epic section, and the pummelling guitars and "all in me, all in you" chant made this arguably the most crowd-pleasing segment of the show.”

You can read the whole thing here and take a look at this rather fine picture of Gavin from the show at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

Finally there’s a brief but clearly excited review of the band’s show in Cincinnati .


Greece is the word

PT have added a couple of dates in Greece later in the year. The band will be playing Gazi Technopolis on September 9th and the Principal Club in Salonica on September 10th.

Please note that due to a gremlin our myspace siteis displaying a gig in November. However this is not a real concert but a ghost in the machine. We’re working to fix this but in the meantime our apologies for any confusion (or expectation) this may have caused.


Cinematic Style

There a brief interview with Gavin about the band and their use of visuals during the show over at North By Northwestern . There’s more soundbites plus a gear list from Gav at the Roadrunner site .


Free EP

Colin Edwin has produced an EP of material available for free download. Recorded at the same time as his Third Vessel album, the five songs didn’t make the running order at that time. You can read Colin’s thoughts about the music over on his myspace site blog and you can grab the five tracks here.


SW from the archives

Last year SW recorded an interview for the cultural magazine Quiddity wherein he talked about music and the connections between different disciplines within the arts in general. Check it out here.


PT heads the new generation of progressive rockers

That’s the verdict in this thoughtful preview ahead of their show in Buffalo next week.

Meanwhile there’s an extensive interview with Gavin recorded for Drummer Connection at the start of the current US tour with no less than six parts! Watch them all here.

Finally, there’s this great feature on John and his history with the band to take a peek at.


Czech this out

PT bounce into the Czech Republic fresh from their appearance in Italy to play the Colours of Ostrava festival. The band will be headlining at the ?eská spo?itelna stage on 16th July. Check out the festival website for further details.

If you want to know what Colin has been listening to whilst on tour then take a look at his updated playlist

Finally, there’s good preview ahead of the band’s show this week at The Fillmore Detroit which contains this quote from SW. “I've never been one to be obscure for the sake of being obscure, or complex for the sake of it," he says. "I think there's a way to strike a balance between classic songwriting and a performance that has many levels to it, so you can immerse yourself in the musical landscape on many different levels. Those are the records I loved when I was a kid -- sometimes you'd just sing along, and sometimes you'd immerse yourself in the whole of a beautifully produced musical experience.”
You can read the whole thing here.


Barbieri’s influences & approach

In an interview with writer Caroline Ryder, Richard Barbieri talks about his general approach within the band and what influence’s his music making. “Personally I am not influenced by music. I mean—I love music. But it doesn’t come out in what I do. I am more influenced by sounds, atmosphere, places, films. Just things in life, basically. I work in a more abstract way. I’m a bit of a non-musician compared with the rest of the guys. I tend to work more with sounds and electronics.” You can read the whole piece over at Caroline’s website.

Richard is also quoted in a piece about music making and technology.

“It’s not about the gear — that’s the whole thing ...A lot of people say, ‘If only I had this bit of gear, then I could do this kind of music,' but actually you can limit yourself with too much technology. If you know what you want to do, you can do it on anything. It’s an attitude, an intention — the gear comes second to that.” You can read the whole article here.

Finally, SW is on record as saying “Music isn't software. Music should be presented as art” in this piece about PT in the pages of the Charlotte Observer .


Rebel against the norm

SW has been talking to the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot about teenage rebellion, iPods, and progressive rock. This quote lays out SW’s thoughts on why whole albums are so important.

“People talk about progressive rock as pompous, fussy, obsessed with technique, but the only thing the best progressive rock bands had in common was ambition,” he says. “They risked falling flat on their faces because they were reaching for something beyond the obvious. People like David Bowie and Frank Zappa had that too. Where would Radiohead or Massive Attack be without it? They’re also in the progressive tradition in that like Yes, Pink Floyd or King Crimson, they concentrate on the album as an art form, treat the album as a musical journey that tells a story.”

Here’s the whole interview.

Elsewhere, the fact that PT’s visuals were missing did not detract from the enjoyment of their gig in Tampa, according to this review.


Greet Gav

There’s an opportunity to meet Gavin when he does a meet and greet on Tuesday 27th April at Ken Stanton Music , North 41 Plaza, 119 Cobb Parkway North, Suite A, Marietta, Atlanta, GA 30062.

Gav will be in store from 12.00 - 2.00 p.m. with his sharpie at the ready ahead of the band’s gig at The Tabernacle .


Anesthetize in standard format

The standard edition of the forthcoming Anesthetize DVD is now available for pre-order. Featuring one and a half hours of PT in concert in 2008, this is ideal if you missed out on the limited or special editions. Check out the details over at the PT store .

There’s a brief interview with SW with the webmag, Chinashop, headlined The Soundtrack For A Cinematic Soul.


Royal Albert Hall sold out

A lot of enquiries are coming our way about how to get tickets for the evening with Porcupine Tree show at the Royal Albert Hall in London - the show has been sold out for some time now, and sorry we don't have any spare tickets up our sleeve! There are currently about 1,000 tickets remaining for the evening with show at New York's Radio City Music Hall show.


Extra in Europe

PT will be playing Bergen, Norway in June. The band will be at the Ole Bull Scene on June 9th. Click here for ticket details. Meanwhile, John Wesley steps into the spotlight in this interview with him ahead of the band’s gig in Tampa on Sunday.


Crystal Incident

Now available, a limited edition of 300 optical crystal blocks measuring 60mm by 80mm by 30mm with THE INCIDENT cover art actually engraved INSIDE the crystal using state of the art sub-surface laser engraving techniques. At a different 'layer,' the pieces are numbered 1/300, 2/300 ... 300/300 making each one unqiue. Each block comes in a black, satin-lined gift box. These are available on a First Come, First Served Basis and can be ordered by visiting Crystal Order Form.


PT in the picture

There’s a photo gallery of PT’s appearance at the House of Blues in Dallas last night. And staying with the blues, here’s a little preview for their House of Blues show in Houston tonight.


Richard on the ball

There’s an interview in the current edition of Total Soccer Magazine. Scroll to page 52 and 53 here. Meanwhile Gavin has been talking to the local press ahead of their appearance in Dallas.

Finally, the gigs in Mexico have been added to the tourblog. Here’s Part I and Part II


PT as dark disco?

That’s the tongue-in-cheek (we hope) verdict in this splash for PT’s forthcoming gig at Orlando on Friday 23rd. NBC are also running a two-ticket giveaway for lucky a lucky Twitter account holder.

Meanwhile here’s a neat pic of Gavin in action at Coachella from the online edition of Life.


Coachella Feedback

It looks like PT wowed the crowd at Coachella. According to this eye-witness account “Porcupine Tree proved to best several more high-profile hard rock bands that I also saw perform on Saturday, including buzz trio Band of Skulls and main stage rockers Coheed and Cambria. Indeed, I thought the relatively-unnoticed English group performed one of the most impressive sets of day two, with several concert-goers coming up to me and asking “Who are these guys?”-styled queries.”

On Twitter, the Wall Street Journal’s music critic, Bob Fuselli, tweeted “Hurry over to Porcupine Tree. Band's hitting hard. Roar.” Meanwhile there’s some pictures of the group in action at Coachella.


Bad merch in Monterrey

Over on the tour blog there’s a photograph taken by Colin. It shows Gav, Richard and Steve checking out poor quality bootleg T-shirts the band encountered in Mexico. Colin writes “If any fans were wondering why we didn't bring any merchandise, its because there's tons of this stuff here already for way less that it costs us to bring into the country.”

If you want to get the real deal go to the PT Store. You’ll be getting a quality item and you’ll know your money is helping to support the band rather than some dodgy bootlegger who doesn’t care about the music and just wants to make a buck. Meanwhile don’t forget there’s the brand new Anesthetize T-shirt right here.


PT at Download

Porcupine Tree will be appearing at the Download Festival on Sunday 13th June. Check out the festival website for the full line-up. Meanwhile there’s an acoustic version of I Drive The Hearse taken from a radio session recorded in January over at Roadrunner.


Bored of the norm? Try PT

That’s the verdict of The Hindu - a national newspaper in India. Reviewing The Incident the paper says of Time Flies “The epic 11-minute track is simply one of Porcupine Tree's best. Embodied in melodic simplicity with a rhythmic strumming pattern the piece undulates with cascading crescendos, a rumbling mid-section and a propulsive finish.” You can read the whole review here.


PT At Norwegian Wood

The band will be making an appearance at the Norwegian Wood Festival on June 10th. Held in the centre of Oslo, full details of the three day festival can be found here.

Elsewhere, No-Man’s Wild Opera is getting the deluxe make-over and reissue which expands the album into 2 CDs with no less than four previously tracks. A lavish package comes complete with beautiful artwork from Carl Glover. Here’s the pre-order link.


Red special edition sold out

The red cover version of the special edition of Anesthetize is completely sold out, and neither Headphone Dust nor Burning Shed will be able to help you to get one if you didn't already, sorry! The grey cover version is still available exclusively from the PT Store, but won't be around for much longer!


Anesthetize Premiere

The band will be attending the premiere of the Anesthetise film on May 20th at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square. You can find out more details here. Meanwhile, the limited edition DVD is up for pre-order over at the PT Store.Finally, here’s the trailer for the Anesthetize movie to whet your appetite


Richard's Stranger Inside

“For an electronic album with a soul, look no further.” That’s the verdict of Keyboard Mag’s on Richard Barbieri’s Stranger Inside album. You can check out the rest of Michael Gallant’s review here and pick up the album over at the RB store. You can also find out more about the album by taking a look at the Stranger Inside mini-site .


Song of the day

National Public Radio (NPR) have chosen Drawing the Line from The Incident as their song of the day. Praised for its bravado Cecile Cloutier says “The arrangement of "Drawing the Line" veers between gentle keyboards — tinkling like a clinically depressed music box — and Wilson's crisp, soaring guitar solos, supported by sympathetic, nuanced drumming. Lyrically, the verses mix visceral and virtual imagery.” You can read the short review over at NPR.


Eclipsed again

In January this year Eclipsed magazine declared The Incident to be the best of album of year with PT also gaining honours for the best live concert of the year. After the critics have had their say now comes the turn of the readers poll. PT swept the board picking up best band, best album and best live event. Our thanks to all the readers of Eclipsed magazine for their ongoing support.

Elsewhere in the poll, Insurgentes gained plaudits as well, being voted 16th best album of the year with SW’s remix of King Crimson’s In The Court of the Crimson King following on at number 17 - the only reissue to have made it in to the top 50.

Meanwhile in Mexico, another screening for Insurgentes film has been added in Oaxaca at the Cinepolis on April 8th at 21.40. You can see another snippet from the movie where SW talks about the effect of Pop Idol on music here.


The collector has a mastertape

The latest edition of Record Collector magazine contains an item listing the ten most valuable cassettes according to the Rare Record Price Guide. Love, Death and Mussolini EP (1990) comes in at number one, valued at £400.

Tarquin’s Seaweed Farm (1989) is number 3 valued at £300. The Nostalgia Factory (1991) will get you £200, whilst the number seven slot has Spiral Circus (1994) reckoned to be fetching £150.


Things Buried

Richard Barbieri’s solo album, Things Buried, is being reissued by KScope this week. You can hear Light on Glass from the album over on the latest Kscope podcast. If you haven’t already got a copy of the album you can grab it in CD/FLAC/MP3 format here.

The podcast also features vocalist Tim Bowness talking about his work with SW in No-Man.


PT return to Israel

Porcupine Tree will return to Israel to play for the first time since their one and only previous visit in November 2000. They will play on 7th July at the Exhibition Grounds in Tel Aviv. Tickets will be available from the Hadran website soon.


Gentleman Gav

Gavin’s recent appearance at Mr.Kyps in Poole has been reviewed in some detail by PT fan James Allen. Says James "Gavin came across as being friendly, helpful, enthusiastic, with a great sense of humour, and very able to impart information in a fun way, but most of all, for someone who is clearly very talented, he came across as being genuinely humble, and a "gentleman". You can read the full review here.

Elsewhere on the interwebtubes,comes news that the current edition of Rolling Stone contains a short feature on Steven’s work on the King Crimson catalogue. After telling Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp that the album he especially wanted to remix was their 1970 record, Lizard, Fripp was shocked “His eyebrows went up,” Wilson says, “He said ‘Really? That’s the least popular album.’ I said, ‘I’m going to change people’s minds.’” The article is reprinted over at KC’s website.


Gavin’s masterclass

Gavin will be playing at the Sonor drum factory in Bad Berleburg-Aue in Germany in May. He’ll be performing as well as giving a masterclass on 29th and 30th May as part of Sonor’s 135th anniversary. You can find out more about the celebrations and book your tickets here.

SW was interviewed for the Gagliarchives at the weekend. You can hear the repeat tomorrow (Tuesday). Check out the website for details of how to tune in.


The Incident on DVDA

The audiophile 5.1 surround sound edition of the album is now shipping. Check out the page at the PT store to nab your copy.

Also worth checking out (if you’ve not done so already) is the Kscope podcast which has an interview with SW about Insurgentes, as well as contributions from other Kscope artists.


On the web

Chile is the latest country to have a new website dedicated to PT. Nicole Muñoz Curé tells us that PTChile aims to provide information about the band to folks in Chile and other Spanish speaking countries. Take a peek here.

Don’t forget for lovers of vinyl, that although the special edition of The Incident has sold out, there are regular vinyl editions of this record and other PT titles available from Burning Shed . The Shed also have an Ebay shop where currently a couple of SW rarities are up for auction.


SW Cover Version T-Shirt

Now available and exclusive to Headphone Dust is a T-Shirt featuring Hajo Mueller's drawing of Steven Wilson from the Cover Version VI box on the front, and a list of each cover version with release date on the back. Available in Small / Medium / Large / X-Large.


PT Play Rock Werchter

PT will be appearing at this year’s Rock Werchter festival in Belgium. The festival boasts an eclectic line-up that includes acts as diverse as Faithless, Muse Rammstein and The Ting Tings. The festival runs from the 1st - 4th July with PT appearing on July 3rd. We don’t have the precise running order yet but will update the information when we have it. Meanwhile ticketing information can be found over at the festival website.


Skyline CD back in print

Due to continuing demand, the CD of Porcupine Tree's instore performance in Orlando in October 2007 has been repressed. We Lost the Skyline is now once again available at the PT Store.


Your chance to ask PT a question

Your chance to ask PT a question
If you’ve had a burning question that only members of Porcupine Tree could answer then you might get lucky and be able to put your query to the band via Roadrunner Records. Check out RR’s Ask The Artist page page for the details.

No-Man are the subject of a four page feature in the latest edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine and there's a review of the Mixtaped DVD which declares "No-Man have always been a solid bond of two zealous musical artists seeking an outlet for their highly eclectic tastes in music." Holly Wright also praises the accompanying documentary as "offering a wonderful insight into Steven Wilson's creative process."


PT’s got the blues...

They woke up this morning and found they’d been confirmed for an appearance at the Pistoia Blues Festival, Pistoia, Italy on July 14th. Check out this link for ticket information.

The Incident was voted as the best album of 2009 by visitors to the Dutch Progressive Rock Pages website . The band also won the best concert category for the second year running,Gavin came out on top as best drummer,I Drive The Hearse was voted 10th best song of 2009, and Time Flies picked up best video of the year! Of course, polls can be fickle things and so whilst The Incident came out as the best album, 45 people taking part deemed the album as their biggest disappointment of 2009! Click here for all the results.

Finally, Kscope’s vinyl edition series of PT platters continues with the reissue of PT’s early 90s foray into trance rhythms, Voyage 34. Released in a sumptuous heavyweight double coloured vinyl package with gatefold sleeve, you can check out the PT store for more details.


More Shows

Three more gigs have been added to the band’s second leg American tour. They can be found at The Fillmore, Detroit, May 2nd, Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, May 10th, and The National Theater, Richmond May 11th. The information on ROABP tickets and other details to follow when we have them.

Meanwhile another date has been added to the band's itinerary of festival appearances following the announcement they'll be one of acts will be playing at Finland’s Ruisrock Festival on July 10th. Here’s PT’s entry and biogfor the festival and you can click here to enquire about tickets for the event.


PT Live in Tilburg Blu-Ray/DVD

Porcupine Tree's new live film is approaching completion and a special edition will be available in April, with a regular version to follow in May. Anesthetize was filmed live over 2 nights in Tilburg, The Netherlands in October 2008, at the end of the Fear of a Blank Planet tour. The 130 minute live film includes a complete performance of the Blank Planet album and 11 other tracks, and was directed and edited by Lasse Hoile on high definition cameras, with the soundtrack mixed into stereo and 5.1 sound.

The special edition will take the form of a cloth bound hard back 120 page book (as per The Incident and Insurgentes deluxe versions) featuring live photography of the band taken over the last 5 years. The book will house both a DVD and a much higher quality Blu-Ray disc version of the film, as well as 2 audio CDs of the soundtrack including one bonus track not featured in the film. The book and audio CDs will not be included with the standard retail versions of the Blu-Ray/DVD.

More news soon.


Gavin’s clinic

Drummers in the Poole area are in for a treat. Gavin will be doing a clinic for Poole Percussion on March 18th. The event will also be a tribute to one of Gavin’s childhood heroes, Paul Brodie. Find out more details about the event by visiting here and this is where you can buy your ticket.

Meanwhile, an interview with SW when the band were in Melbourne earlier this year can be found here


More PT live

There are a few more tickets available for PT’s gig at the Royal Albert Hall later this year. These are decent seats but they’ll soon be gone. You can grab them at SeeTickets and Ticketmaster .

PT are also playing the Greenfield Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland on June, 11th-13th 2010. More details as we have them.


PT Play Roskilde Plus Extra Date

The renowned Roskilde Festival will be featuring PT in its line-up this year. The festival takes place between 1st - 4th July and you can read about some of the other acts who’ll be appearing by taking a peak at the website. PT will be appearing on July 1st although at the moment the precise time has yet to be confirmed. More details when we have them.

Elsewhere, there’s another date added to the second leg American tour. The band will be appearing at the Town Ballroom , Buffalo, on May 4th.

Finally, the readers of Germany’s Rock Hard magazine were at the “best of...2009” polls recently, with more than a few casting their votes in a PT-ward direction.
Top 50 favourite bands - PT #36
Top 50 favourite musicians - Steven Wilson #6
Top 50 best albums - The Incident #17
Top 30 best live bands - PT #11
This is the first time the band have broken through in these polls on this mag!


The Incident DVDA edition

The DVDA audiophile 5.1 surround sound version of PT’s acclaimed The Incident will be released in March, and is available to pre-order now from the PT Store.

This edition features the 5.1 mix of the album in advanced resolution/MLP lossless 5.1 surround, DTS 5.1 digital surround sound, and 24 bit stereo, and also includes the videos for Time Flies and Octane Twisted, a 30 second TV spot, and a photo gallery set to exclusive instrumental mixes of Black Dahlia and Flicker.

In the meantime Steven Wilson "Cover Version VI" box starts shipping later this week. This is a one time only pressing in this boxed format, and to date 70% of the copies are sold on pre-orders, but you can still order it from Headphone Dust or Burning Shed.


Barbieri burning

With the band enjoying such unprecedented popularity at the moment it’s attracting many new folks who will be unfamiliar with the solo work by the various PT members. By way of a helpful beginners guide, there’s a selection of albums from Richard Barbieri available from Burning Shed at the moment. Other Worlds In A Small Room features Richard in an ambient collaboration with his Japan / Rain Tree Crow colleague Steve Jansen and is now available as a mp3 / flac download for the first time. Check out Richard’s other releases in the PT store

There’s another review of the gig at The Tivoli in Brisbane which makes this observation:
“The cast-iron rhythm section of the Melbourne-born bass wizard Colin Edwin and skins supremo Gavin Harrison is perhaps matchless in modern rock music, while Richard Barbieri remains one of the finest keyboard players since … well, his Japan days and touring guitarist John Wesley is a perfect vocal foil for Wilson – none more so than on the aching-then-bludgeoning Octane Twisted/The Séance/Circle Of Manias sequence.” You can read the full review at Rave Magazine .

Finally, sticking with Australia, the gig at the Enmore in Sydney is scrutinised. “A highlight of second set definite was found with the second part of Fear Of A Blank Planet’s “Anesthetize” which sent shivers down my spine. Not only does this track have a groove section that could kill, but the heavy interlude that shows off drummer Gavin Harrison’s colossal skill would have been worth the entry fee alone.” Read the whole review at Metal Obsession


Melbourne in the picture

There’s a new set of photos just been posted up over the tour blog. They come from gig at the Palace Theatre in Melbourne earlier this month and were taken by photographer Annie Smith. Oddly, Gav is absent from this selection. As Annie explains “I actually didn't get any photos of him unfortunately, the stage at the Palace is so high and the 10mins we had to shoot, it was pretty dark. Sorry!” Check out the rest of Annie’s pictures from Melbourne.

Staying with the Australian leg of the tour how about this description of the group on stage at The Tivoli in Brisbane. “As the shuddering distorted chords of Occam’s Razor segue into a scything Blind House, Danish artist Lasse Hoile’s exceptional-quality visuals start rolling on the screen and we leave the (blank) planet. Drummer Gavin Harrison and bassist Colin Edwin form a living, breathing engine room behind Wilson and longtime touring guitarist/backing vocalist John Wesley’s riff/solo onslaught and Richard Barbieri’s sublime synth soundscapes – “majestic musicianship” doesn’t seem fit to accurately describe it.”
You can read the full review over at LifeMusicMedia.


More In Mexico

There are two extra dates confirmed in Mexico. They are April 9th in Monterrey at Escenica, and April 11th in Guadalajara, at Teatro Diana. More details about tickets when we have them.

Elsewhere, SW has been interviewed about his work on remixing the King Crimson catalogue into surround sound. An extract of the two-page spread can be found here.


Reviews from Down Under

“Porcupine Tree have certainly raised the bar high for live shows this year with a stunning performance and one wonders who, if anyone, could possibly top it.” That’s the verdict of one reviewer at web mag, Faster Louder, after seeing the band’s show at the Tivoli in Brisbane. Check out the full review here.

The same gig is also reviewed on The Vine where they were clearly taken by the countdown clock that appears during the interval. “The final seconds are chanted by the audience, and bassist Colin Edwin mock-runs to shoulder his instrument in time. Of the core four members - the others being singer/guitarist/pianist Wilson, drummer Gavin Harrison, keyboardist/sound manipulator Richard Barbieri – the bald, beret-wearing Edwin is the most expressive; or “least serious”. His prolonged smiles, closed eyes and transparent emotions provide a warm counterpoint to the assured, icy demeanour that Wilson presents.” Read all about it on The Vine.


More Dates

The band will be playing the Tampa Theater, Florida on April 25th - ticket information will follow on. Meanwhile PT will be crossing the border into Canada where they will be visiting Capitole Du Quebec, Quebec City Thursday 6th May, Place De Arts in Montreal on Friday 7th May and the Sound Academy, Toronto, Ontario on Saturday 8th May. More details as we get them.

Speaking of Canada, Rush’s Neil Peart has been musing on music and PT. “I went to see a band called Porcupine Tree not long ago. And I was talking with (singer-guitarist) Steven Wilson. They just put out a 55- minute piece. That's a finger to the whole iTunes shuffle thing, and he intended it as such. And I thought, 'Yeah, that's another way of rebelling against it -- by just saying no.' There's too much lost in giving up the integrity of an album -- what it represents to you as a musician, and as a human being, for that matter. So I like that approach.” You can read the whole interview here.



Readers of Teraz Rock - Poland’s biggest rock magazine voted SW “The Best Foreign Instrumentalist/Musician of 2009” In order to get to the number one slot he beat a field that included The Edge, Jerry Cantrell, Jack White, Kerry King, Kirk Hammett, More Gore, Tom Morello, Mark Knopfler, and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez.

SW was once again featured in Robert Fripp’s updated diary as the pair work on the latest remixes of the KC back catalogue.

Finally, there’s a new interview with Gavin where he talks about his book/DVD package, Rhythmic Illusions, his work within King Crimson and of course, PT. Asked about his contribution to the Tree, GH responded “It’s a hard thing to really quantify – the influence is subtle – but the sound of the band comes from the chemistry of all four members. We all like different kinds of music – and come from different musical backgrounds. I have a jazz background and like to improvise – the others guys are coming from a different place – so sometimes we fight about things but it always resolves in a better outcome in the end. We’re all evolving in our personal lives and that influences the personality of the band – I think the band is growing up.” Read the whole article here


Gav & the art of bicycle maintenance

The second part of Gavin’s interview with Drum Department is available for viewing. Find out why riding a bike is part of his personal program, issues around sound production and loudness, his love of Lewis Taylor, recording at home, working with OSI, and the problems of long-term exposure to extremes of noise and tinnitus to name but a few!

Elswhere, SW can be seen talking briefly about producing Orphaned Land and finally there’s a new fan forum on the block. Conference of the Strange is an offshoot of the Rush Forum and celebrates all things PT.


SW Cover Version VI pre-order

Steven Wilson's Cover Version VI is now available to pre-order and will begin shipping from 22nd February. This will be the last in the series of CD singles featuring a cover version and an original. The single comes in a special limited edition box which contains CV6 in a picture sleeve as well as empty picture sleeves for all of the previous singles too (note that it will NOT contain the first 5 CDs, you have to have them already in order to put them in to the sleeves provided in the box!) The box also contains a booklet of drawings of SW by Hajo Mueller. You can pre-order now from Headphone Dust or Burning Shed.


Sale Recurring

The sale on merchandise continues over in the US shop. Take a peek here to see what the well-dressed PT fan will be wearing at the second-leg of the US tour.


No charge for holding up the sky

The second and third albums by Ex-Wise Heads (Colin Edwin’s side-project with ex-Henry Cow win and reed player, Geoff Leigh) are now available as free downloads. Colin offers some comments about this over on his Myspace page blog.

You can get Time And Emotion Study (2003) here and Holding Up The Sky (2006) on this page.

No-Man’s Mixtaped DVD gets the thumbs-up in Altsounds. “The sound mix on this DVD is brilliant and makes clear the atmospheric sound from the sound of the rain coming into the right speaker on the headphones while guitar is played in the left at the end of the first track. The clarity of Tim Bowness’ vocals, the distortion of Steven’s guitar on ‘Lighthouse’. It's just crystal clear (and the reason I now understand why Steven has worked on remastering King Crimson’s work into 5:1)” Here’s that review in full.

Meanwhile, there’s more Gavin than you can shake a stick out. Writing in issue 164 of Drum magazine, Gav offers up ten helpful hints to get your career going. There’s a summary of a couple of them found over on Blabbermouth.

He’s also been talking to the folks at PyroMusic.net. If that’s not enough, he was also the subject of this video interview and demonstration for the German site, Drum Department and finally, he’s been interviewed by Sydney’s Utopia Records.


More in Mexico

Due to overwhelming demand PT have added another date at the Metropolitan Theatre, Mexico. Tickets for the gig on April 13th go on sale on January 29th. Please note there are no ROABP services available for this date.

Later in the year the band will be playing the Hurricane and Southside Festivals on June 19th and 20th respectively. Further details as we get them.


PT Play NY

Porcupine Tree will be hosting a special in-concert evening at New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall on September 24th, 2010. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on February 6th whilst ROABP will be able to buy theirs from February 3rd.

Further details about the concert will be posted at a later date, so stay tuned.

You can find out details about how to access ROABP services here .


PT Tops The Polls

Porcupine Tree tops the critics polls for 2009 in Germany’s Eclipsed Magazine. The Incident was voted Best Album of the Year, with PT also grabbing the No.1 honours for Best Live Concert of the Year, and Time Flies came in at No. 5 in the Best Song of the Year category.

SW’s Insurgentes got voted in at No. 25 in the Best Albums of 2009 category, whilst SW’s remix of King Crimson’s seminal album, In The Court of the Crimson King was voted in at No. 9 in the Best Reissues of the Year section.

Listener’s to Poland’s Radio 3 also voted The Incident as No.2 album of the year.

The latest edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine also publishes its Best Of polls for 2009 and once again, PT does very well indeed.

PT were voted as No.1 Best Band, the Critic’s No.1 Best Album of the Year was The Incident (SW's Insurgentes was No. 6). The Reader’s poll saw The Incident come in at No. 2.

For their Event of the Year, PT’s The Incident tour was voted at No.4, whilst Gavin got the No.2 spot as Best Drummer, and Steven nabbed the No.4 slot as Best Guitarist. SW also took the No.1 slot as Prog Icon of 2009! Finally, the King Crimson reissues (which SW remixed) were also voted in at No.1 in the Best Reissue category.

A big thank you to everyone who voted for the band and their work in these polls!


PT Coachella Festival Appearance

Porcupine Tree will be playing at the Coachella Festival. The three day festival in California has the band booked on day two, Saturday 17th April. Get the details of the full festival line-up here.

Meanwhile Issue 9 of PT fanzine Carbon Nation is out. Full of PT-packed goodness it features Richard Barbieri solo gig review/album review, interview with Steven Wilson, interview with PT manager Andy Leff, interview with Colin Edwin, plus Incident tour gig reviews from Philadelphia, Baltimore and LA and the background story to No-man’s Mixtaped DVD by director Richard Smith. For more details on how to order the magazine take a look at the Carbon Nation website.


Book news & interviews

Gavin’s new book and DVD package, Rhythmic Designs is out next week. As well as clocking in at a whopping 204 pages of transcriptions of the albums Drop and Circles, there’s 2 hours and 45 minutes of DVD to watch. Available for ordering now on Gav’s store at Burning Shed.

Gavin is also the subject of an interview conducted during the tail end of last year’s tour. Richard Barbieri can be seen and heard being interviewed in Italy last year and contains some interesting comments and views on the changing nature of the music business.


More US shows

24th April – Miami, FL – The Fillmore
28th April – Charlotte, NC – Amos’s Southend

The band will be opening their US tour with a festival we can’t announce just yet, but watch this space.


North American tour second leg

Porcupine Tree will return to North America in April for the second leg of the Incident tour, concentrating on many cities that were not included on the first leg. So far shows confirmed are:

Fri 30th April - CHICAGO, RIVIERA


PT India Pix

The Incident tour blog has been updated. Check out the set of photographs taken by Claudia Hahn of the band on their recent gig in Mumbai here.

Elsewhere, The Incident has been included in metal site Pandemonium’s Top 25 albums of 2009. Check out the full list.

Finally, SW’s Nsrgnts Rmxs gets a thumbs-up in web mag, Blistering, which notes “Many of the takes have the feel of the quieter moments from Porcupine Tree’s Fear Of A Blank Planet and Deadwing albums”.


Mexico City venue change

Please note that the venue for the show in Mexico City on 14th April has now changed to Teatro Metropolitan.


A Day In The Life Of PT

Roadrunner have posted up a video that takes a peek behind the scenes of PT on tour. You can find out all about the glamour, the glitz and why Colin is not unlike Beyonce by clicking here.

Elsewhere, PT’s most recent show (Mumbai) was still setting the pulse racing of some fans. Nothwithstanding SW’s dislike of a certain mp3 player the reviewer for Indian webmag, Mid-Day observed that PT’s music is “the kind of sound that you play on repeat mode on your iPod until it is firmly lodged somewhere behind your eyes.”

The Incident is included in Metal Review’s Top 25 albums of 2009, whilst over at Classic Rock Magazine, Open Car (Deadwing) finds itself in a list of the greatest songs of the noughties.


Reduced prices at SWHQ / Cover Version VI

A few Bass Communion and Steven Wilson releases are available from SW's own website at slightly reduced prices during January only. You can pick up the standard CD/DVD edition of "Insurgentes" for only £8 (and if you haven't got this one yet, it really is one of the essential SW recordings). Also reduced for January only is the recent limited edition Bass Communion live album in Japanese style mini gatefold LP sleeve. Head over to the mail order page for more information.

The other SW related news is that Headphone Dust will soon release the newly recorded Cover Version VI single (but please don't write in trying to order it yet). This will be the last in the series of CD singles featuring a cover version and an original. In the meantime you can listen to the second track from the single on MySpace page now - of course as always the cover version itself will remain a secret until the CD single is actually released. The plan is for there to be a limited edition box which will house not just CV6 but all of the previous singles too, complete with a picture sleeve for each one. ToneFloat will also release CV5 and CV6 on 7 inch vinyl. More news soon....


RAH VIP packages off the menu

Please note that contrary to an earlier news item the band have decided not to offer a special VIP package for the Royal Albert Hall show. If you joined the Residents of a Blank Planet service over the last few days in anticipation of this, please contact the PT store to ask for a refund. Apologies for the confusion.


Screened & heard

Seasonal greetings to all PT fans and site visitors. Following the pre-Xmas present of news about the RAH date in London next year, here’s a quick round-up of recent PT-related appearances at a computer screen near you.

PT’s recent appearance in Mumbai continues to excite and delight if this review of the gig in webmag, Split, is anything to go by. The Hindustani Times also mentions a post-gig jaunt into the city by members of the band.

There’s a three part interview with SW Steven talks about touring and the challenge of raising a following in different countries, pigeon-holing PT and the songwriting journey that resulted in The Incident and his love of painting in sound!
Check out Part One / Part Two / Part Three.

Speaking of The Incident, we’re indebted to Evaristo of Porcupine Tree Italy for letting us know that The Incident came out at the top of a RoadRunner poll in that country. Here’s that list in full.

Finally, fellow RR artist and pal, Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt (also featured on the above list) offers up his top five ABBA tracks after having been turned on to the Swedish super-troupers by SW.


PT at Royal Albert Hall

Porcupine Tree will play 2 special shows to close the Incident tour cycle, one in the UK and one in the US. The UK show is now confirmed to take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 14th October 2010. These shows will be evening-with concerts with PT playing an extended set - although we can't tell you exactly what the evening will hold at this moment, the band are planning some very special things that will make these 2 shows unique experiences for everyone.

Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall show will be on sale from 29th December. More new soon on confirmation of date and location of the US show.


PT in Mexico

Porcupine Tree is happy to announce its return to Mexico City, on the 14th April 2010, at the José Cuervo Salón. Tickets are onsale as of Thursday, 24th December at www.ticketmaster.com.mx.

UPDATE 23/12 - The date for tickets going on sale for this show has been delayed in order to rework the schedule, with a possible change of venue in Mexico City and the addition of some more shows in Mexico. Updated info will be announced shortly.


Gavin's grand designs

The DVD portion of Gavin’s forthcoming Rhythmic Designs is currently being previewed. You watch Gavin provide an introduction to the book/DVD, discuss the writing and components of the song, Sometime, from his album with 05Ric,Drop, and explain the mysteries of the left flam triplet.


PT - “highlight of the day”

That was the verdict of the Times of India newspaper when reporting on the Mood Indigo Festival in Mumbai. Providing proof that you can only please some of the people some of the time, webmag DNA’s coverage of the event focussed upon the organisation of the event, quoting one PT fan unhappy at not being able to afford a ticket.

Another fan who did get into the gig reviewed it for the Gospel Of Doom website, stating PT gave a “wonderful performance”. Rather than play The Incident in full the band offered a mixed set including highlights from the new album as well as revisiting older tunes such as Hatesong from Lightbulb Sun.

Elsewhere there’s this fuller description of the Mumbai gig which the reviewer summarises as “a gig memorable and fantastic enough to blow me away and go down in history as one of the (if not THE) best shows that Mumbai has ever seen.”

Finally, the above picture is from the German magazine, Autona, which has a spread of snaps taken at the Koln show earlier this month along with a brief interview .


The Midas touch

PT’s live sound engineer, Ian Bond, has been extolling the virtues of the the console which accompanies the band on tour. Mr. Bond, his beloved PRO6 and the band are in action playing at the frankly huge Mood Indigo Festival in Mumbai, India today.

Over at the Roadrunner site, an interview conducted with Gavin when PT were in Wolverhampton recently quotes him as saying the festival is “gonna be mental!”

Meanwhile, the third and final part of Gavin’s interview with the Unprogged site has gone live. You can catch up with all three sections here.

Finally, looking ahead to next year, there’s an interview with SW previewing the Australian gigs in February 2010.


What You Are Listening To...

SW has posted up his pick of the albums that have had him tapping his toes over the last ten years. Check out his choice cuts from the last decade and you can also take a peek at his recent listening over on his updated playlist .


Surrounded by sound

Fresh from his recent remixing of the first three King Crimson titles into the 5.1 format, SW makes a few suggestions for other albums that might benefit from the surround sound treatment

Elsewhere on the Big Distraction webmag, the 5.1 attributes of No-Man’s recently released Mixtaped are praised. “The DVD offers 5.1 surround and a high resolution stereo mix both of which do justice to the respective systems required and the picture is clean, although there is some grain due to the low-light conditions. Overall it is a strong presentation from a band who have always laid an emphasis on good sound quality over their albums and who have extended that attention to detail to this foray into the visual realm.” Check out the full review.

Finally, if you’ve been wondering what’s been tickling Colin Edwin’s earbuds of late, then wonder no more and visit his updated playlist!


PT seen and heard

The Incident received a thumbs-up in a recent edition of web mag Indian Express. The album was praised for its “sonic space fest” and the “subtle ragas’ of Bonnie The Cat. Here’s the rest of the review.

The subject of the band’s forthcoming gig in India was also the subject of some back-stage discussion with Richard Barbieri and Colin Edwin ahead of their appearance at Newcastle’s 02 Academy gig last week. You can see the short interview here.

Staying with video interviews, Gavin Harrison can be seen and heard talking in Rome about several aspects of his career to date.Part 1
and Part 2.


PT top of the shop

Listener’s to Philadelphia’s long-running and respected radio show, The Gagliarchives (named after host Tom Gagliardi), have voted The Incident as their favourite album of the year. The show has a history of celebrating the best of prog rock and others making it into the top ten included Riverside, Astra, Umphrey’s McGee, IQ, Dream Theater and veteran UK prog act, Strawbs. The poll also saw SW’s Insurgentes clock in at No.67 beating back some pretty stiff competition.

The Incident was played on Saturday night on Philadelphia radio at (88.9/95.1/100.7FM, and internationally via their website. The show will be repeated on Tuesday Morning at 11am to 3pm EDT. Check out the Gagliarchives website for further details when they are posted.

Elsewhere, the January edition of Classic Rock Magazine had both Insugentes and The Incident making their Top 50 albums of 2009 list.

Of Insurgentes (which listed as No. 16 beating the likes of Muse, Springsteen, Saxon, Rammstein and Manic Street Preachers), they said “This is beautiful and mysterious record that, were it to bear the logo of ‘Radiohead‘ on its cover would already be hailed as a masterpiece. The Porcupine Tree mainman is quite a talent, and Insugentes is a work of a genuine artist.”

Meanwhile, The Incident made into the top ten grabbing the No.8 slot ahead of acts like Kiss, Black Crowes and Dream Theater.

Classic Rock's verdict went like this:“On the face of it this is a typically reassuring PT album. But dip beneath the surface and there’s a distinct shift in tone. We called The Incident ‘unnerving’ in our original review - and it’s true.It’s bare and forlorn...but undeniably brilliant.”


Richard producing

One of the projects Richard Barbieri has been involved in is co-producing the new album by Italian band, Fjieri. According to the band, who cite the likes of PT and King Crimson as influences, it’s an album that has been ten years in the making!

Richard, in addition to his co-production duties also plays keyboards on the album and the PT quotient is further upped by the appearance of Gavin on three tracks. There’s also two songs featuring No-Man’s Tim Bowness on vocals. You can hear samples of the album over on the band’s myspace site and nab the record for your collection by visiting their store at Burning Shed .


Going bananas over Gav

When Porcupine Tree visited Newcastle earlier this week, reporter and PT fan Dave Morton grabbed an interview with Gav. Asked to describe PT’s music, Gav came up with this. “Well I guess I’d say you could call it modern, adult, experimental, even grown-up music. It’s music you really need to listen to, music with a bit of depth...We have been labelled as ‘prog rock’, but maybe that’s been a bit of a kiss of death. That term suggests we’re maybe like Yes or Genesis – but I’d say we explore similar areas of music to say Radiohead or Tool.”

The interview ran in the Evening Chronicle on the day of the gig and is now available to read online.


Lively in Luxembourg

There’s a great set of photographs taken at the Rockhal in Luxembourg by Douglas Mitchell over on the newly updated tour photoblog.

Elsewhere, web mag The Big Distraction was on hand in Wolverhampton yesterday and had this to say: “Consummate professionals, the band rendered the cycle in note-perfect fashion, with mild embellishments and the benefit of a massive sound system lending further weight to solos and the monumentally violent riffs that briefly appear in key areas.” You can read the rest of the short review here.


No-Man "Mixtaped" microsite

There is now a microsite dedicated to the new No-Man DVD Mixtaped. It includes information about the 2 disc set, and extracts from the concert film and documentary. Please note that there are only a couple of hundred left of the limited 2,000 edition run of the set with the bonus live CD. This version is exclusive to the No-Man Store.


Rare Fear of a Blank Planet merchandise available!

“During the recent move of the warehouse that houses PT's equipment in the USA, several boxes of merchandise from the 2007 Fear Of A Blank Planet tours were discovered” explains PT’s merch guru, Adrian.

These items are now available exclusively at the US PT Online Store in the RETRO section.

“Obviously, there are limited supplies of these shirts; in the case of some designs VERY limited ... and remember, once they're gone, they're gone for good!” exclaims Ade!

As if that wasn’t enough for one week only (ending December 12th) you can get a 10% discount on these shirts by using the coupon code HOLIDAY09. Please note the voucher is only valid for items in the RETRO section.


Five star Gav

The December edition of Drummer describes Gavin Harrison and 05Ric’s Circles album as “full of rhythmic ingenuity, catchy hooks in a myriad of time signatures, great production and an undeniable uniqueness.”

Awarding the record 5 stars, the review concludes “Although the music itself is complex, it feels great and retains a sense of space and atmosphere,while Gavin and Ric show themselves to be two of the most inventive musicians around, while still retaining the highest level of musicality.”

You can check out Circles and their previous album, Drop over on their myspace site and grab Circles in CD and download format at Burning Shed.


SW mixes Orphaned Land

Steven Wilson recently played keyboards and mixed the fourth album by Israeli progressive metal band Orphaned Land. For those who have never heard the band, they are perhaps best described as what Opeth might sound like if they had come from the Middle East instead of Scandanavia. The music has a similar scope and degree of layered sophistication. But the sound of Orphaned Land is very much inspired by their roots, sung in English, Hebrew and Arabic, and featuring many traditional middle eastern instruments. The album The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR is an ambitious and impressive 75 minute conceptual piece combining heavy music and breathtaking beauty.

It is released by Century Media in several editions on 9th February 2010 in the US and 25th January 25th in Europe.

The band is preparing to launch a series of introspective webisodes documenting the making of the album and the first album trailer can be viewed now at the band's official YouTube page. This clip features some commentary from Steven Wilson and the band mixed in with live performance footage from Tel Aviv.


At the peak of their powers

The latest edition of Prog magazine carries a review of the band’s gig at the Hammersmith Apollo last month.

In heaping praise upon the in-concert performance of The Incident, reviewer Michael Donlevy, observed that PT’s presence comes not from individual grandstanding but the ability to act as a cohesive unit.

“...there are no drum solos, for example. There’s no need. Bassist Colin Edwin is similarly understated, almost hiding behind a big hat so as to let his subtle but intricate parts do the talking for him. Richard Barbieri, behind banks of keyboards, adds pastel to the paintwork . And we have to add a word for touring guitarist John Wesley, who is sensationally good, especially as he contributes to the background vocals too. He’s not a full-time member but he seems like one.”

Donlevy concludes “This is a genuinely brilliant band a the peak of its powers.”

Elsewhere in the magazine, PT are favourably mentioned in a round-table discussion about the current state of progressive rock by cover stars Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and Big Elf’s Damon Fox.


PT heavy in China

Following on from the resumption of The Incident tour, Porcupine Tree are featured in Painkiller. Featuring an interview with Richard and Steven, the periodical is apparently “China’s No. 1 heavy magazine”.


Why does a musician start making music?

That’s one question which SW ponders upon in this short interview. “Why does a musician start making music? He starts making music to share it with as many people as possible. If he has any other motive, then he’s not a musician, he’s an entertainer. If he wants to be a star and wants to make money, that’s not a musician.”

And speaking of sharing things, our chums at Burning Shed tell us that after some delays in its production, No-Man’s Mixtaped dvd is now shipping.


Great expectations from India

Gavin has been talking to The Telegraph newspaper of Calcutta, India ahead of PT’s debut performance in Mumbai next month. Amongst other things, the Q&A reveals Gav’s desire to work with Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain, his own experience of working with Indian musicians, and the location of his most favourite recent PT concert. Click here to read the whole article.

Details on how to register and get tickets for the Mood Indigo gig are now online.

Gavin Harrison is also the subject of a four-page feature in November's edition of Drummer magazine where he talks about his work within PT.

"I recorded the drums for the previous two and a half Porcupine Tree records at my own studio (Nil recurring being half a record) but for The Incident I recorded at Air Studios because I really like the room there. I made sure I was well rehearsed because I didn't want to waste time or money struggling through the arrangements. It was very much a performance thing. I played whole takes from beginning to end, maybe did three or four takes and picked the best one. at home I can do it at a very leisurely pace but doing at Air did really kick my arse and I kind of like that."

The article goes on to discuss his work in King Crimson and how his forthcoming book/DVD package Rhythmic Designs came about.

"I met this guy called Terry Branam on the internet via Drummerworld and he started sending me transcriptions of some things I had played and they were very detailed and accurate, even down to the stickings. He transcribed everything from Drop and then I sent him an advance copy of Circles and he did all of that. When he'd transcribed both records I thought it must come out as a book so I decided to make an accompanying DVD, explaining the tunes, to go with it. That however turned into nearly three hours of video! I've just finished it and I'm really pleased with it."


Magic realism in Hammersmith

The December edition of Classic Rock magazine have reviewed PT’s recent show at the Hammersmith Apollo. Tommy Udo was clearly impressed by the two hour show which he describes as being “very intense and delirious”. Udo observes “PT have neither the theatrical genius of Peter Gabriel nor the overwhelming exotic light show and visuals of Tool, but with a free-ranging imagination and a fairly simple back projection tightly linked to their music, Steven Wilson draws us into a world of magic realism, a psychedelic rural landscape sketched by a barrage of disturbing images.”

Elsewhere in the same mag, the making of King Crimson’s 1969 debut album is the subject of a four-page feature, including a 300 word contribution from SW, who has recently remixed the prog-rock classic for surround sound and a new stereo mix.

Assessing the legacy of the record, SW concluded “Some people snigger at the idea of progressive rock but, for me, when it was at its peak in the ’69 to ’74 period it was the most experimental, most credible, most ambitious music that has ever been made. The guys were reaching for the stars. And very often got there.”


Gav news for the New Year

Gavin will be doing a drum workshop in March next year. During the demonstration Gavin will be playing and explaining the drumming parts for some PT tracks as well as shedding light on the material he has produced by bassist / vocalist 05Ric. As if all this wasn’t enough fun, Gav will be doing a Q&A after the demonstration.

Gav in Copenhagen by Lasse Hoile

The session will take place at Mr. Kryps, Parkstone, in Poole, UK on 18th March 2010. Tickets are on sale now and as it’s an intimate venue folks are advised to book their place right now.


Colin on old and new PT

There’s a two-part interview with Colin Edwin online wherein he shares his thoughts on the importance of having broad musical tastes, the influence of African music in Ex-Wise Heads, the spoken word origins of his solo album,Third Vessel, and discovering the joys of flat-wound strings.

When asked about the musical changes which the band has undergone and what people can expect with The Incident, Colin had this to say. “I think The Incident is a really good blend of what I would call old PT and new PT. There’s elements of The Incident which sound like they could be on Stupid Dream or something. There’s that kind of spacier aspect. Not the earlier space-rock like Voyage 34 - that’s long gone - but there’s elements of things which could’ve been on Stupid Dream, but also things we’ve been doing for the last few records such as heavier sections as well. I think it’s the most complete blend of where we’ve been at for the last few records married with where we were a few years ago.”

Watch Part 1

Watch Part 2

Elsewhere, the latest edition of Metal Hammer magazine continues the discussion about The Incident with a major feature about the record and an interview with SW.


Good Cause

Porcupine Tree have donated an autographed set of promo CDs to help raise money for the New York-based legal charity, LIFT. The promos include:

1) Shallow promo single (January 2005 Lava/Atlantic Records) contains: Shallow (radio edit); So Called Friend (non-album track); Half-Light (non-album track)

2) Futile promo CD (July 2003 Lava Records) contains: Strip The Soul (edit); Orchidia (2003 band recording); Futile (May 2003 new recording); Drown With Me (Previously issued on In Absentia European edition bonus CD); Interview with Steven Wilson; Hatesong (Recorded live in Philadelphia, 26 Jul 2002); Blackest Eyes (live at XM radio); Death Whispered A Lullaby (Taken from Opeth "Damnation" CD); Steve Wilson Generic Station ID (0.09)

3) Porcupine Tree Sampler 2002.1 (July 2002 Lava promotional CD) - Number one in a series of three samplers based around material from the "In Absentia" album. This CD sent to radio only. Trains (4.25 edit)

At the time of writing, there are three days left to place your bid. Visit the auction here.

100 % of the money raised in this auction goes to the charity. You can find out more about LIFT and what they do by visiting their website.


All Music Guide to Porcupine Tree

As the title cunningly implies, the All Music Guide have recently updated their listing for Porcupine Tree. In his review of The Incident, Greg Prato indulges in a bout of prog stererotyping before concluding “unlike early proggers who favored meandering instrumental doodling over succinct songwriting, Porcupine Tree always favor the importance of memorable songs over flashy solos, which certainly makes the group one of the top modern-day prog rock bands.” You can read the review here and take a peek at AMG’s PT biography .

Elsewhere, Gavin has been interviewed by the German language site, Hooked On Music.For those who don’t speak German, there’s this translation which may not be quite what Gavin said and so should be approached with caution.


Ringing the changes

Richard Barbieri is the subject of an interview conducted in Budapest last Sunday with the Romanian web mag, Good Music Is Good Music.

When asked about whether or not the band is progressive with a capital P, Richard has this to say: “We started as a band about ’93 and it’s gone through a lot of different musical changes. I think we’re a little bit alternative, a little bit experimental...progressive in our ideas … We want to find new ways to make music, we’re not restrained by any limitation. For us that means progression; you move forward to find new music.”

The whole interview can be read here.


Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen!

Our thanks to Lasse Hoile for the photographs taken at the gig in Copenhagen over on the tour photoblog.

Sabrina Mortensen, who starred in the video of Way Out of Here, also stopped by to say hello to the group.


Insurgentes - forthcoming screenings

Lasse Hoile's full length feature version of the film based on the recording of Steven Wilson's first solo album "Insurgentes" will be premiered at this years CPH:DOX international film festival. Much more than a simple documentary, the film is also part surreal road movie and part an exploration of the issues of creating, packaging and marketing music in an era when iPods, Mp3's and download culture are changing and eroding perceptions of exactly what the album is supposed to sound and look like.

The official world premiere screening at 21.30 on the 13th November has now sold out, so a second screening has been scheduled for 23.15 and tickets are now available here. There are also still some tickets available for an earlier preview screening on the 6th November at 17.00, but please note that the film-makers will not be in attendance at this screening.

The film will also be screened at the Swedish Sensurround Music Film Festival on the 19th November. You can download the festival brochure here.

Then on Saturday, 5th December it will be screened at the UNERHÖRT! Musikfilmfestival in Hamburg, Germany, at 4pm.

For more information about the Insurgentes documentary and album please visit the official Insurgentes website.


Porcupine Tree down under

For only the second time in their career, Porcupine Tree are returning to Australia to bring The Incident to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. This news comes after the record's impressive showing in the Australian album charts (entering at #35) in September.
The confirmed dates are:
The Tivoli, Brisbane, 5th February
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 6th February
Palace Theatre, Melbourne, 7th February.
Veteran PT observers will note that these are the same venues the group played back in 2007 when they were touring Fear Of A Blank Planet.
All tickets for the above shows go on sale 12th November. Best grab them quick! Watch this space for further details.


Brought to book

Gavin Harrison’s new book, Rhythmic Designs, goes on sale in the new year. It focuses upon Gavin’s work on Drop and Circles, the two albums he recorded with bassist, 05Ric. You can get a sneaky peak at the book cover and some further details of the contents by heading over to the publisher’s website . Don’t forget, you also can hear some tracks and samples of the albums in question by visiting their myspace site.

More archive performances from Gavin can be heard on the latest release from Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin. All the details are to be found over at Dave & Barb’s Burning Shed page .

Finally, in their short piece on The Incident, webmag Room Thirteen describe the group as being “Always a refreshing change to the norm.” You can read the full review here.


Not ghosts on magnetic tape

But if you click here you'll hear a sibilant-sounding SW being interviewed for the Rock Bottom radio show from Hamburg, Germany.


Wolverhampton Venue Change

Because of increased demand for tickets, the venue for PT’s gig in Wolverhampton has been changed. In order to accommodate the extra interest in the band, the gig will now take place at the larger Civic Hall .


The Pit & The Porcupine

In a video interview with the German site, The Pit, Colin Edwin discusses the common denominator between Mozart, Oscar Peterson and Santana, the status of the Tilburg DVD, the parting of the ways with Chris Maitland and the one PT album he would give to someone to showcase the group. All this and more can be found here.

Whilst you’re there you can also check out a set of photographs from the gig in Bremen.

Elsewhere on the web, there’s a two part interview with Gavin conducted when the band played Copenhagen. It explores Gavin’s background, thoughts on drumming, the recording of In Absentia and Deadwing, and other topics.
Part One.
Part Two.


Guest spot for Gavin

Gavin Harrison appears on a new collection by singer/guitarist Jakko Jakszyk. The album is called Waves Sweep The Sand and consists of tracks considered for, but ultimately left off, Jakko’s album, The Bruised Romantic Glee Club which Gavin also appeared on. Check out the details on both albums at Jakko’s page at Burning Shed.

Gavin is also mentioned in dispatches in Robert Fripp’s online diary. Fripp recently supported the band on four dates and the diary features the guitarist’s unique eye-view of the touring process.

Meanwhile there’s a review of the band’s gig in the Helsinki Times which observes “Porcupine Tree’s music is known for its dramatic leaps from tranquil melodic parts to crushing heavy riffs, and a live situation definitely brings out the best in them.” You can read the whole review here.


Time Flies Out of the US iTunes Store

The band are getting some good exposure in the US following the news that the Time Flies promo movie is the iTunes’ store featured/free video this week! For those outside of the USA, the promo is of course available for purchase along with several other PT items.

Elsewhere, in the November edition of Classic Rock magazine, the Insurgentes RMXS gets the general thumbs-up, with the reviewer declaring “the six tracks are a far more effective companion piece to the (original) record than you might think.”

It goes on to describe King Crimson drummer’s remix of Salvaging as a “stutter grooved shudder” whilst Fear Falls Burning’s treatment of Get All You Deserve as something that “traverses of glitch-rock galaxy where even Radiohead might fear to tread.”


‘Eavy Friends

Porcupine Tree’s newest fan is none other than veteran Heavy Metal band Uriah Heep’s guitarist Mick Box. Writing in his latest column for the UK’s Classic Rock magazine, Mick notes “I also listened to Porcupine Tree’s The Incident, and I did not think it was going to be my thing, but I liked it. It is one of those CDs you have to play in one go, top to bottom. Any band that writes lyrics like, ‘Your unpleasant family smashed up my car’ is alright by me.  That made me smile, and I really enjoyed the CD.” You can read the whole of the Mick Box column here.

Meanwhile in magazine itself, SW was invited to share his thoughts about his favourite concept albums. SW writes “Personal taste is so subjective - to me the more obscure examples of the format are equally as valid as the better known, more commercially viable ones...I felt that enough had been said about The Wall, Quadrophenia and the usual suspects. Instead I’ve gone for 10 lesser-known but equally interesting releases.”

Here’s some edited highlights of what SW had to say about his choices.

Aphrodite’s Child: 666 (1972)
“Still one of the all-time great double concept albums ever.

Nektar: Journey To The Centre of the Eye (1971)
“a stunning record”

Tom Newman: Faerie Symphony (1977)
“It’s a lovely instrumental record with a sense of “otherness” about it that’s hard to describe.

Wendy Carlos: Sonic Seasonings (1972)
“I particularly admire Summer, which is 22 minutes’ worth of hazy drones...”

Lol Creme/Kevin Godley: Consequences (1977)
“In my opinion Consequences is one of the greatest albums of all time.”

Jon Anderson: Olias of Sunhillow (1976)
“I’ve no idea what the concept is about and I suspect Jon didn’t either...”

David Bedford: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1975)
“Mike Oldfield plays some strange-sounding atonal guitar solos that accurately reflect Bedford’s roots in avant-garde music. Weird and wonderful.”

Camel: Nude (1981)
“It’s a very elegant piece of music.”

Virginia Astley: From Gardens Where We Feel Secure (1983)
“It has a very childlike, English quality, reminscent of long, hot, lazy summer days.”

Serge Gainsbourg: Histoire De Melody Nelson (1970)
“(it) has a glorious orchestral sweep and is utterly sublime”


Review round-up

The Incident continues to provide food for thought for several reviewers. “There are lots of great things about this band, but it’s their increasing ability to play complex tunes without losing sight of melody and interlude that’s most impressive” so says Planet Radio City . Meanwhile, webmag, Big Distraction, delivers this verdict: “An essential album and certainly the finest record PT have attempted. It will be fascinating to see what they do next.”

Over on the Dutch-language Roadrunner page there’s a picture from the Heineken Hall gig in Amsterdam. You can also find a series of reviews of the same gig over at the English-language Dutch Progressive Rock Pages website.

And finally, there’s an 18 minute video interview with SW and RB where they discuss all manner of things from conspiracy theories, religion and media manipulation (plus a few other things in between!) ahead of their gig in Montreal last month.


Photoblog updated

There are some more pictures over on the tour photoblog. First up is a set from the show in London on Friday 9th October. Our thanks to Claudia Hahn for these.

Following on from that is another set showing the set-up, soundcheck and gig at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on Tuesday, 13th October.

Our thanks to Lasse Hoile for the Amsterdam set.


PT Cover version

Porcupine Tree are the featured artists in the October edition of German rock magazine, Eclipsed. The Incident gains the magazine’s coveted album of month slot, receiving nine out of ten stars with the writer speculating that it may well end up as the album of the year!

The magazine also a extensive interview with SW under the headline - The most important rock band of today: Porcupine Tree. Our thanks to Jan Hecker-Stampehl for the heads-up.

The web mag Tokafi has a review of PT’s show at Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, October 12th. “Keyboard legend Richard Barbieri, whose contribution to the live-version of “The Incident“ mainly consisted in some futuristic sound effects mysteriously panning in the stereo image and occasional Hammond roars, now lays down haunting carpets of ghostly harmonies and pierces the Metal-onslaught of distorted Guitars and pounding Drums with ethereal Rhodes-sequences.” You can read the whole review here.

SW gets into the groove when he talks about vinyl to Tokafi. “I've always been very sentimental and romantic about the Vinyl format. Even when I'm sequencing CDs, in the back of my mind, I'm still somehow thinking: “Oh, this would be the end of side one and now we're gonna start side two. And then we have to build to the middle of side two.” I'm still thinking in that way. And I've always been a sucker for great double albums with just one track per side.”

SW is also interviewed in the latest edition of Tape Op magazine where he talks about “Porcupine Tree, No-Man, 5.1 mixing”. And speaking of 5.1 mixing, SW can be found commenting on the task of remixing the King Crimson catalogue on a new site dedicated to the 40th Anniversary Editions . Just click on the cover of each album to read SW’s thoughts about the process and the albums in question.


No-Man's Mixtaped Nixed For Now

No-Man’s Mixtaped DVD which was meant to have been shipping has been delayed. Obviously Steven and Tim are extremely sorry for the delay and the disappointment this has caused. Technical difficulties beyond their control has meant that the discs have had to be re-designed and re-authored by Carl Glover and no less a prog legend than ex-Gentle Giant, Ray Schulman.

New release and shipping dates will be posted as soon as possible. Please note that the limited edition Mixtaped highlights audio CD will be free with No-Man Store pre-orders only.


Selling Out In Europe

Porcupine Tree are about to begin the European leg of their tour tomorrow. As with the shows in London and Bristol, many of the forthcoming concerts concerts are already sold out.

Meanwhile, word about The Incident continues to spread. Web mag, Pop Matters declares it to be “very strong”. You can read the review here. Elsewhere, this reviewer in Racketmag suggests Tool should “move over” as “Porcupine Tree pushes artistry in music to an even more psychedelic and progressive level.”


A bit of buzz about PT

PT’s show at the Vic Theatre, Chicago prompted a reviewer in buzznews to declare "The sound from Porcupine Tree was absolutely stunning – crystal clear highs and crunchy, raucous lows. Colin Edwin (bass), Gavin Harrison (drums) and Richard Barbieri (keyboards) are always standout performers and amazing in their roles, but the real magic these past few tours for me has come from John Wesley (guitar, backing vocals) – the vocal harmonies that Wesley and Wilson execute in the live show are as close to perfect as I’ve seen."

There’s also an article by Dennis Cook for Jambase magazine which starts off at the Warfield gig in San Francisco. “Porcupine Tree's concerts strive to be an experience and not just another night on the town, and their fervent, ever-growing fan base worldwide speaks to the success of their efforts, despite an almost total non-acquiescence to traditional marketing schemes and consciously populist shaping.” The review goes on to an interview which SW gave just before the show kicked off.

On Tuesday 6th October, SW attended a playback of the King Crimson 5.1 remixes at AIR studios in London. In front of an invited audience of journalists and members of King Crimson - including Robert Fripp, Peter Sinfield, Michael Giles, David Cross, Bill Bruford, John Wetton and Gavin Harrison - SW talked about the process of remixing KC’s 1969 debut, Lizard and Red. You can see more photos from the event over at DGMLive

Finally, PT were featured in the November edition of Record Collector with a full page given over to a Q&A with SW.When asked where he saw himself in ten years time, this was his reply: “When I’m 50, I’m going to spend more time working as a producer. I have to turn down most invitations now, which breaks my heart. I’d love to start my own label, with quality packaging, like Creation, Factory, when I have time; even though I don’t have a family, which is how I make four records a year.”


London show sold out

PT's concert at Hammersmith Apollo on 9th October is now sold out.


Montreal Pix Online

Our thanks to Black Dog Photo for this set of photographs from last week's show in Montreal.


A Wave from Gavin

Always keen to give new instruments a test-drive, Gavin has been putting Korg’s Wavedrum through its paces in public. “Having been an enthusiastic owner of the original - and used it on some of The Incident album - I was was more than curious to try it. A truly amazing percussion instrument and great fun to play” says Gav. You can see some clips from his recent demo of WaveDrum here.


PT in print in Prog

The latest edition of Prog magazine (or Classic Rock Presents Prog to give it its full title) has The Incident as its lead review, allocating the album a full page. Whilst heaping praise on the title track, writer Raziq Rauf (who also covered the album for the BBC ) has this to say about the closer of the second disc, Remember Me Lover: ”Seemingly comfortable covering every single facet of Porcupine Tree’s musical skillset, it is a seven-minute composition which leaves you, the listener with a lasting memory of all that this band is capable of.Graciously building in vigour and action toward a chaotic finale into silence, it fuses superb melody to the sharpest of riffs.”

After several plaudits about the album, Stereoboard.com’s assessment of the group is that they “are not trendy. They do not wear skinny jeans. They do not have a cool band name. They’re not looking to fall out of nightclubs or start fights with other’s in the industry. They simply love making music. Music that is different. Music that stands alone.” Whilst out in Corpus Christi, Texas, PT are hailed as “sophisticated and visionary.”

Meanwhile,back in New York City...

Web magazine, Noise Creep, offers an enthusiastic account of the band’s NY show feeling that at the end of the sell-out gig, both group and audience “left satiated, knowing they did their part to help fuel progressive music's renaissance.” You can read the review here .

Finally, returning to the pages of Prog magazine, away from PT, the magazine also reviews Blackfield’s Live In New York City, describing the performances as “impeccable and understated”. No-Man’s Wherever There Is Light gets the thumbs-up, as does NSRGNTS RMXS, touted as being “..,Proof, perhaps hat the remix has found its natural habitat in the progressive rock world.” There’s also a four page feature on King Crimson’s Red, SW is extensively quoted about his work in remixing the 1974 album into surround sound.


Additional French Show

An additional French date has been added to the tour at the Transbordeur in Lyon on the 26th November. In the meantime the Olympia show in Paris has now sold out.


It’s not only Rock n’ Roll at Rolling Stone

Following on from his declaration of interest in PT back in 2007 , Rolling Stone’s David Fricke assesses the new album thus: “a mounting drama of memoir and real-news trauma, animated with slicing guitars, ghost-song electronics, mile-high harmonies and smart pop bait.” Read Fricke’s brief but effusive review here .

Speaking of The Incident, Weekender’s Kevin Krieger takes the view that “This is the one PTree CD that covers all the ground that it’s visited over the years — progressive rock, metal, psychedelia, vocal harmonies, ambient … you name it.”

Away from PT, No-Man’s ep Wherever There Is Light gets this thumbs-up from Alt.Sounds: “For me its greatest strength lies in the simplicity behind each song. Nothing complicated or overproduced, just right.” The same website also carries news of a video competition based around Harmony Korine to tie in with the forthcoming NSRGNTS RMXS album. Check out the details of both competition and album here .

Finally, in a blast from the recent past, a pre-tour SW talks about the changing nature of likes and dislikes, sources of inspiration, perception and preconceived notions about geography, passion and music, PT as a Venn diagram, and the origins of The Incident. Take a peek at the five part video at FaceCulture .


The Philadelphia Story

Our thanks to Joe Del Tufo for an excellent set of photographs from the sell-out show at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia on September 26th. You can look at the whole set over on the tourblog.

A representative from The Philadelphia Enquirer was at the show and seems to have enjoyed what they saw and heard. “After a voiceover asked for patience and quiet for The Incident's more densely somnolent moments (usually provided by keyboard/programming wizard Richard Barbieri), an evocative film presentation followed Wilson & Co. through a nexis of tracks tied to the album's sweetly bombastic title track.” You can read the whole review here.

A new PT Brazilian website has recently gone online. Its founders say their goal is “to gather all possible information about the band, it's members, and related bands/artists/stuff. All content is translated to Portuguese: news, old news, release's information, interviews, cd reviews, lyrics ... pretty much everything.”

Finally, full marks to Rock Sound magazine’s valiant attempt to review The Incident despite some serious editorial restrictions. “It’s hard to do this record justice in just 100 words but it visits all emotions and scenarios, making it an intriguing and truly inspiring album.” You can read the other 86 words here .


Things in-store for PT

The band will be at Newbury Comics, in Newbury Street, Boston this Sunday for a meet and greet between 2 and 4 p.m.

Meanwhile The Incident continues to appeal to fans both old and new - especially new. In Norway it entered the album chart at #19 whereas FOABP entered at #34. Finland had the album arriving at #11. In France, The Incident achieved the highest chart position ever for the band, coming in at #35, and in Poland it went in at #36. In the Netherlands, the first week position of FOABP had been #13 but The Incident charted at #5!

All this chart action piqued the interest of Billboard who were interested in the approach towards marketing the album adopted by the band and manager, Andy Leff. “Leff says that to market "The Incident," Porcupine Tree is repeating the strategy used for 2007's "Fear of a Blank Planet" (53,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), which "privatized" the album's marketing by hiring the independent publicity firm Shore Fire Media to contact critics like Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke, who's become a fan. "We'll always support the people who supported us," Leff says, "but we want Jon Pareles of the New York Times. We're looking for artistic validation, not just genre-specific press."” You can read the full piece here.

Meanwhile following on from the BBC’s recent article on the entry of The Incident at #23 (FOABP had previously been in at #31), BBC Music gives the album the thumbs-up with this verdict: “...Porcupine Tree really do lead by example: with The Incident acting as a fantastic example of how to take inspiration from all the sub-standard facets of day-to-day goings on to create a stunning collection of songs, they’ve proved that not everything in modern life is rubbish.”

Finally, in a brief review, the Express Milwaukee concludes that “like the best early prog bands, there is a sense of intelligence at work. The lyrics and the music seem to be onto something beyond the everyday.”


The age of The Aquarian

Porcupine Tree are featured on the cover New Jersey’s alt mag, The Aquarian Weekly.

In the interview, SW comments upon what he regards as the increasingly unadventurous nature of music being listened to by so many people at the moment. “Nowadays, the music the kids listen to is to is more conservative than the music their parents listened to. Their parents were listening to The Smiths or Slayer or Pink Floyd. Now the kids are listening to Green Day and Metallica, which is much more conservative musically than what their parents were listening to, and I think this is the first generation you could say that of.” You can read the full article here.

This brief preview for the forthcoming sell out show in Toronto describes The Incident as consisting, in part at least, of “pummelling, psychedelic proceedings”. Get the whole short but sweet piece here.

Chartattack welcomes The Incident as what it regards as a return to form for the group and finally,there’s this piece wherein SW argues that music is not a product and offers some advice about how to listen to the new album.


The Incident charts Stateside!

A glass of bubbly stuff should be raised in honour of the band today following the news that The Incident is at #25 in the Top 200 in the American charts!

For those folks who like to keep scores on these things, FOABP copped the #59 slot, whilst Deadwing came in at #132 in the Top 200.

A great result considering the problems facing both the recording industry and the overall economy at the moment! Well done PT and thanks to all the fans who went out and bought it.


PT On The BBC...

There’s an article on the BBC news site about the appearance Porcupine Tree in this week’s UK albums charts. The piece ponders the surge of interest in groups who are are often given the progressive rock tag. "It's no coincidence we are seeing bands like Muse, Porcupine Tree, Sigur Ros, Flaming Lips and The Mars Volta having top 30 albums, because I don't think ambition is a dirty word any more” says SW. You can read the whole piece here.

Elsewhere, Ohio’s News-Herald newspaper ran a preview piece ahead of the band’s sell-out show at Cleveland’s House of Blues. “Porcupine Tree fans, often a zealous and cult-like following, will be happy to hear the band plans on playing "The Incident" nearly in its entirety at its show, with only a few catalog tracks added at the end off the night. It's this dedication or focus to the group's art that perhaps explains why mainstream attention has so far remained elusive.”

Finally, reviewer Jordan Blum of webmag, adequacy.net in his piece on The Incident made this observation. “As I’ve said before, go out and discover some of the good music being made today; music with ambition, with ideas, with musicianship, with songwriting ability. The Incident is an incident in music that must be acknowledged.”


San Fran Pix

Out thanks to Susana Moyaho for providing a neat set of photographs from the San Francisco show. You can take a look at them over on our tour photoblog. Many thanks to everyone for the great reception you’ve given this addition to the new revamped PT net presence.

Before the San Francisco show Gavin did a meet and greet at San Jose Drum Pro. You can read about the session, along with an interview with Gavin, by taking a peek here.

Prior to the tour SW undertook a series of interviews and here’s a couple of links to one that he did for the German language site, Bonedo.In the first of two video interviews SW talks about (amongst other things) the challenge of realising the sounds and textures he can hear in his head onto an album.

Watch Steven in Wonderland.

The second is one for the players amongst you with SW (and guitar) going through the intro chords to Time Flies and explaining the recurring themes on The Incident that stem from The Blind House.

Watch the Wilson workshop.


“The most unnerving album they’ve released”...

Following on from sell-out shows in San Francisco and last night in LA, the band are on fire right now. Certainly the press seems to agree judging by some of the reviews appearing in the papers and magazines.

In a two-page spread, Classic Rock magazine’s, Jonathan Selzer, asserts that The Incident “maintains the same stringent quality control and pristine, clear-separation production that fans of the band have come to expect, while still circulating the metallic surges of guitar, neon-lit lead breaks, wistfully roaming, distilled atmospheres and wide-ranging contrasting dynamics that have become the band’s calling cards. And yet at its heart it’s also the most unnerving album they’ve released.”

Elsewhere, JD Considine in Revolver says The Incident is “their strongest record yet”. Over in the pages of Filter, SW’s iPod-bashing tendencies are remarked upon on in a review that concludes the album is, despite some reservations, nevertheless “a remarkable achievement”. Dave DiMartino writing on Yahoo’s “new this week” slot cites the group as being “one of the few bands out there playing “progressive rock” without sound the least bit retro.”

When it comes to the charts, today’s UK album chart has The Incident arriving at #23 whilst at Playdotcom it’s #10 on the best sellers list. Amazon in Germany has the album at #1 in the classic rock list, #2 in psychedelic and #5 in the alternative charts, whilst in France, the Amazon listings for the group has it at #2 in the hard rock/metal category, #3 on the rock listing and #11 on the best sellers. In the USA, The Incident is #16 on Amazon.com’s best seller’s charts and occupying the 1, 2 and 3 slots in Experimental, Alternative and Progressive categories respectively.

Over on the other side of the globe, the Australian charts places the album at #35 where it’s sandwiched between Past Masters and Revolver by The Beatles. Spookily enough, SW is a guest reviewer for Classic Rock magazine, and over a two-column spread assesses The Beatles and their impact way back when and in the here and now. No stranger to the art of remastering a back catalogue himself, SW is full of praise for the team behind the releases. “...if you care about packaging and the finer points of audio mastering, then these new editions are (at least for now) a worthy new standard. Oh, and the music ain’t bad either.”


Charting success...

The word in from our pals in Holland is that The Incident has entered the Dutch charts at #5. Good news indeed, especially when you consider that FOABP came into the same charts back in 2007 at #13. Meanwhile back in the UK, the mid-week charts have PT at #12.

Elsewhere, Bruce Dickinson's Friday Rock Show on BBC -6 Music will be featuring PT. The show runs at 9.00 p.m. - 12.00 p.m. and will be available for seven days on the BBC iPlayer. Check out the Friday Rock Show page here.


Straight talk with Gavin

Gavin Harrison is the subject of an interview in which he highlights some of the rhythmic illusions which went into the making of Time Flies; his bemusement at being voted best progressive rock drummer three years in a row; creative choices and some of the compromises that have been made in his time with the band. You can read the full interview here.

There’s a new set of photographs detailing the rehearsals and soundcheck ahead of the band’s show in Seattle over on The Incident on Tour photoblog.

Finally, here’s a short take on the album from the Soundshock site.


New pix just in from Seattle...

There’s a brand new set of photographs from last night’s show in Seattle now up at The Incident on Tour photoblog.

Our thanks to Mike Savoia at Savoiaphotographylive for a great set of pictures.

The Incident is under review at the webmag, Sonic Dice:
“tracks on The Incident transcend from acute acoustic picking to heavy overdriven riffing with a heavy dose of electronic percussion”. The review also picks out the second disc of The Incident as containing “more experimentalism from the band with some orchestral chord work and dirty heavy riffing on Bonnie The Cat in amongst the ambient and sometimes squelchy synth playing.”

SW can also be heard being doing a telephone interview prior to the tour over on The Dividing Line net radio station - over 30 minutes of Tree-related chat!


LA show sold out

The latest show US to sell out is LA, 19th September.


European shows sold out

Please note that PT's show in Amsterdam on the 12th October, and Oslo on 23rd October are now sold out.


PT in the charts

Hi there pop-pickers. Music industry magazine, MusicWeek, is speculating about which acts are likely to break into the Top Ten of the charts. It says ‘Other new entries to the Top 10 this coming weekend could come from Mercury’s Pixie Lott, David Gray with his Polydor debut, Roadrunner/Warner’s Porcupine Tree and Megadeth, and Vertigo/Mercury’s Mark Knopfler.” You can read the
full article here

As of September 15th, Amazon in the UK has the album at #4 - the only non-Beatles album to be in the top ten best sellers list!

Rather bizarrely, it’s at #4 in the greatest hits category as well. Do they know something we don’t? Meanwhile at Playdotcom, The Incident has gone from #2 in the pre-order chart and straight into #8 in their top ten best sellers!

Germany has the album at #9 in the best sellers charts and occupying the #2 and #7 spot in the Psychedelic Rock and Pop charts respectively.

In France, the album has nudged up a notch or two since the last look and hovers outside the top ten best sellers in the country at #11. The same upward motion is seen in the rock charts where it’s at #6 and it has stayed at #1 in the hard rock - metal listing.

Crossing the Atlantic now and in the USA, Amazon places the record at #15 in the best sellers list, kept out of the top ten by a whole bunch of Beatles albums, and er, Susan Boyle, no less. It’s also gone up to #10 in the oldies and retro category and still holds #7 in the psychedelic rock charts.

Over the border in Canada, The Incident at #6 has Muse, Megadeth, Susan Boyle and of course The Beatles for eclectic company in the Amazon best sellers list. The Incident also sits at #2 in both their rock and Psychedelic rock categories and #5 in the pop charts.


The Incident is out

It’s been a long time coming but the new album is finally out there.
Clickmusic carry an interview with SW in which he’s asked if The Incident will push PT closer to the mainstream. “I do wonder. The history of the band shows that the more wilfully obscure and the more self indulgent we get, the better we seem to do. The last record was pretty indulgent, pretty angry and a dark conceptual album and it was our best selling album. And this album in many ways is even more uncompromising, so we'll see if that trend continues. There certainly seems to be more buzz about the band than ever before, which is very gratifying but again it's not through design.”

As we’ve seen in previous review round-ups reaction to the record continues to be positive. Over at the web magazine site, Blogcritics, reviewer Glenn Boyd says the album “seems to be favouring the proggier sounds of earlier records like In Absentia and Signify again here.”

Prog site, Sea of Tranquility praises the second disc as being a “great bonus”. “Flicker and especially Black Dahlia show the lighter side of the band while Remember Me Lover brings down the curtain in style displaying its different musical turns.” Finally, yesterday’s Sunday Mercury newspaper manages to compares the sound on The Blind House as being akin to “Linkin Park meets ELP” - two groups you don’t often see mentioned in the same sentence!


New Bass Communion release

There is a new release by SW's experimental project Bass Communion available over on Steven's website. Last year Bass Communion collaborated with Frans De Waard's Freiband on a 3 inch CDR called 'Haze Shrapnel', which contained a new piece by Bass Communion and a re-interpretation by Freiband. Now arrives the return hook-up - Headwind/Tailwind features a new 10 minute Freiband piece, and a 10 minute reconstruction by Bass Communion using the Freiband track as source material. You can get it now from Headphone Dust.


Meet & Greet Gav

In between the shows at Portland and San Francisco next week, Gavin will be doing a meet and greet signing session on Thursday 17th September. It’ll take place at San Jose Pro Drum shop 303 Stockton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 at 4:30pm.

In addition to preparing for the tour Gavin has spent most of his summer filming a new drum DVD (nearly three hours long) which explains and demonstrates the "Rhythmic Designs" of the two records made with touch guitarist, 05Ric - Drop and Circles. Gavin says “The DVD is accompanying an amazing set of transcriptions from Terry Branam who has skillfully and very accurately transcribed every note of the drum parts across the 19 songs that cover those two albums. Along with the up-close demonstrations of the drum parts for all the tunes and where the inspiration came from for each piece - there's a whole load of extras and discussions.”

Modern Drummer magazine had this praise for Drop by Gavin and O5Ric: “With every drummer of note, you can point to a record where he truly arrived. Where he owns it. It might not be that drummer's most popular recording, but it's the one where he innovated techniques that literally put him on the map. Steve Gadd = Steely Dan's Aja. Tony Williams = Miles Davis's Four And More. Dave Weckl = Bill Connors' Step It. Vinnie Colaiuta = Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage. Philly Joe Jones = Miles Davis's Milestones. Drop is the record where Gavin Harrison's well-earned technical skills and good-foot grooves become one, as he dances through polyrhythmic madness, odd-metered overkill, and illusions realized with both mind and body (Ken Micallef).”

Both Drop and Circle are available from over at Gavin’s store and there’s more information and background about his work outside of PT over on his website.

Finally, if you’re curious as to what albums have been on Gavin’s player lately, you can check out his freshly freshly updated playlist .


The Incident On Tour

In addition to the newly revamped main site, there’s a new photoblog, The Incident On Tour. This, as the title cunningly implies, will be updated regularly during the forthcoming tour. Check out a new set of rehearsal photographs from SW’s camera here.

Elsewhere, there’s another brand new site as well. This one is an Italian-language site dedicated to the band.



Welcome to the new look Porcupine Tree website, launched to coincide with the release of the band's new album The Incident. Apart from a completely revamped look, the main difference you will notice is that there is now a comprehensive media player on the home page. This includes new and archive video material. Look out especially for an exclusive visual preview of the band's next DVD in the shape of a fully edited version of Way Out of Here from this work in progress, due for release in the Spring. Also check out the film that Lasse Hoile shot for Glass Arm Shattering from the Deadwing album in 2005 - because this song was dropped after only 2 or 3 performances this beautiful film has hardly ever been seen. We are still adding content to the new site, but available now are some new band photographs, and some Incident themed wallpapers.

Finally there is a major development with the Porcupine Tree mail order store, which is that there is now a US based setup, which means US fans can save substantially on shipping, instead of having to pay shipping charges from the UK. You can link direct to the US store here. Please note that at present the US store only carries tour merchandise, not audio / video releases.


New Incident merchandise

There is a whole range of new Incident related merchandise available in both the Porcupine Tree UK and US stores.The US store is a brand new addition following requests from fans. Check out the clothing. accessories and artwork pages on the European store, or the US store. All of these items, apart from the the denim jacket and coffee mug which remain mail order only, will also be sold at the shows on the forthcoming tour dates - but please note that while you will save on shipping by buying at a show, most venues these days add a concession fee to each item (sometimes as much as 35%) which means it may actually work out cheaper for you to pay the shipping. This is something that is unfortunately beyond the band's control and can vary from venue to venue.


Ups and downs of The Incident plus...

Although probably best taken with a pinch a salt, a glance through the sales ranking and pre-order charts of a couple of the retailers shows PT doing quite well. These positions shift and move all the time but as of today (10th September) Play.com has The Incident at #2 in their pre-order chart.

When it comes to Amazon, it’s a varied picture. In the UK the album stands at #26 in the overall Music category, #21 in the pop listings and #6 in the psychedelic rock category.

Over in France it’s at #15 overall, and #10 in the rock listing and #1 in the hard rock - metal category.

In Germany Amazon The Incident is #6 in the best-selling music category whilst achieving #4 in pop and #1 in the psychedlic rock category.

Amazon Canada has the album placed at #11 - denied a place in the top ten by the bulk of The Beatles remasters - whilst occupying the #6 slot in Psychedelic rock and #10 in pop.

In the USA, Amazon has the album at #28 in the music listing, #25 in pop, #15 in rock’s oldies & retro category and #7 in psychedelic rock.

Of course all these listings will no doubt change in the next few days but they show interest in The Incident is running high.

Elsewhere, Terrorizer magazine has a short interview with SW and a review of the album which recognises the epic qualities of Time Flies, and goes on to say “the rest of the movements are short, sharp numbers that alternative between the usual PT formula of acoustic sing-songm widdly rockers and metal-influenced driving numbers.”

The interview has SW discussing the way the long-form structure of The Incident is better suited to the needs of the band. “Until recently, we were living in a very singles and videos dominant market and the trick was how well you can look and present yourself in three-and-a-half minutes. But over the last five years or so, the whole system has broken down. I mean, nowadays MTV barely plays music videos any more, don’t they? It’s now again all about what you can achieve over the course of an album and we fit right in with Porcupine Tree.”

Finally, there’s another interview with SW to be found here.


Review round-up plus...

The Incident is reviewed in the November edition of Guitar & Bass magazine . “Now at the forefront of contemporary prog, this band continues to produce challenging works that intrigue and entertain...This meditative hypnotic work deserves and demands repeated listens.”

Not directly concerning to PT, the September edition of Computer Music runs an article explore the question of whether piracy is killing the music industry. SW is one of the folks featured within the piece talking about the pros and cons of music online.

Whilst acknowledging that the internet had been invaluable in getting the word out about PT, SW expresses the view that a tipping point of sorts has been reached. “There’s no job on this planet where people would be expected to work from nine to five, five days a week and then to come home at the end of the day and be told ‘Oh, by the way, we’ve decided we’re not going to pay you. We’re going to take you’re work for nothing’.

And yet, somehow, we seem to have arrived, culturally, at a point in time where it’s generally accepted that they should be able to take the work of professional musicians without paying for it.”

Speaking of the internet there's no less than four separate reviews of The Incident over at the Dutch Progressive Rock Page. The same site also features an interview with SW talking about the album.

Finally, SW can be found getting a grilling in this prog rock quiz courtesy of questions submitted by Planet Rock Radio listeners.


Colin chats

In the latest interview with the band, Colin Edwin talks about his musical upbringing, meeting SW at school, getting into jazz, his feeling that The Incident represents the “most complete journey” yet by PT. You can check the interview out (along with the others) by visiting the Roadrunner site

Also mentioned in the interview are his side projects Ex-Wise Heads and Random Noise Generator. “I've recently finished recording a load of new material with both Ex-Wise Heads and Random Noise Generator, but no firm plans about when to release anything just yet” comments Colin.

In the meantime, you can check out his recently released solo album, Third Vessel, via its own micro-site


PT in Guitarist

PT are featured in the September edition of Guitarist magazine. Of the new album, their thumbs-up review concludes: “This is the music fans of progressive rock hope for and it’s an extreme, albeit highly effective, statement for seeing the album as an all-encompassing experience. And in the iPod generation that means even more.”

Elsewhere in the magazine, there’s a four-page feature / interview with SW about the technical processes and guitar playing approaches that went into the making of The Incident.

Asked if The Incident will surprise fans SW replies, “I’ve done several interviews where people have said to me that it’s very different to the last album and I’m kind of surprised by that, but I’m pleased about it at the same time. I really hope that people will be hearing things on this record that they haven’t heard from Porcupine Tree before. I hope that’ll feel it’s an evolution and that we’ve made literal progress.”

The interview is accompanied by a featurette about the conceptual and lyrical themes behind In Absentia, Deadwing and FOAB.

You can also find this interview with SW conducted last month with Reverb magazine where he discusses the themes and strands which have gone into The Incident and other aspects of PT’s work.


The next PT DVD

A question increasingly asked is; what happened to the planned Porcupine Tree DVD for which 2 shows in Tilburg in The Netherlands were filmed last October? The answer is that work did commence on editing and mixing the concert footage, but everything was put on hold while the band recorded The Incident. Now the project is once again moving forward, and the DVD is tentatively scheduled for release in the Spring. The completed footage, which was filmed in high definition, looks and sounds fantastic, and is a step up in quality from the band's previous "Arriving Somewhere" DVD. There are also plans for a deluxe multi disk edition to include not only audio CDs of the Tilburg performance, but also CDs containing at least one other memorable show recorded earlier during the Fear of a Blank Planet touring period.

In the meantime an audio only version of Way Out of Here from the work in progress DVD is currently available as a free download if you buy The Incident from play.com in the UK.

More news as we have it....


Gavin talks

There’s an interview with Gavin Harrison over at the Roadrunner site where he talks about his work over the years and describes The Incident as a “cinematic journey”. You can see the video here.

Away from PT, Gavin recently took part in an event called Stick It To MS. This involved 582 drummers all playing in synch for five minutes to raise money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis charity. The event held in Birmingham broke the previous record held in the USA. Gavin comments “I felt a calling to this event because MS has touched my family life. An unbelievable noise and a great time was had by all.” You can take a look at the event here.

Finally, if you want to know what Gavin has been listening to lately you can take a look at the recently updated playlist section.


PT play in India

Porcupine Tree are happy to announce their first ever performance in India. It will take place on 21st December at the Mood Indigo festival, IIT Bombay, in Mumbai. More info soon.



You can now pre-order The Incident in both standard edition and a limited deluxe edition (details on a 2 LP vinyl edition to follow).

If you click on the link below, you will find pre-order details for all the main territories across the world, so place your pre-order now. The deluxe edition is really something - if you've saw the special edition of Steven Wilson's solo album "Insurgentes" release last year, imagine that on steroids! A 116 page hard back book with photograpy by Lasse Hoile and all the lyrics, the album on 2 CDs and a DVDV containing a 5.1 mix of the album (playable on any DVD player) and high resolution stereo. Plus a second 48 page soft-back book containing drawings by Hajo Mueller inspired by the Incident. Both of these books are housed in a beautiful hardback slipcase designed by Carl Glover. It's not cheap, but needless to say that it's very expensive to make, and as with the Insurgentes special edition which sold out in a very short period of time, this edition is super limited and won't be around for long.

But if you don't need the special edition you can pre-order the regular double CD at a very reasonable price. UK pre-orders from play.com also include a download of a live version of Way Out of Here (taken from the soundtrack to a forthcoming live DVD). Or if you order from HMV UK you get a free Incident coaster.



No-Man DVD

Mixtaped is the first ever DVD release from No-Man. Comprising the band's sell-out performance at London's Bush Hall in 2008, a career-spanning documentary, and numerous extras.

The Burning Shed edition comes with an exclusive audio CD of highlights from the Bush Hall performance. Pre-order now from Burning Shed - shipping from 5th October

DVD 1: No-Man's complete Bush Hall live performance with 5.1 and stereo options (90 mins). Live photo gallery.

DVD 2: Returning - An 85 minute career-spanning documentary including previously unseen footage, photos and images, and in-depth interviews with every member of No-Man past and present. Extras - Complete videos for several No-Man songs spanning 1990-2009. Rare live footage. Deleted scenes.

CD: Mixtaped highlights - Tim and Steven's personal selection of highlights from the live DVD presented on an exclusive 42 minute audio CD. Only copies ordered from Burning Shed will include this bonus CD.


SW talks about The Incident

Steven Wilson talks about The Incident on a track by track basis. Part one (with the video for Time Flies) can be viewed
Part 2 of the interview can be seen


Richard speaks

Richard Barbieri talks about his early influences, the role of hair products in the success of Japan, the pivotal nature of In Absentia and shares his thoughts on The Incident. Check out the interview


Chicago and Toronto sold out

Please note that both the Chicago and Toronto shows on Porcupine Tree's forthcoming tour are now sold out. Several other shows are also close to selling out. The tour begins in Seattle, USA on 15th September.


MySpace relaunch

The Porcupine Tree MySpace page has been revamped and relaunched - finally it no longer looks like the MySpace page of an antiques shop from Cornwall, so thanks to the folks at Roadrunner for redesigning it for us. Check it out here.


Vinyl Sold Out

The PT Store is now completely sold out of the special limited version of the vinyl release of The Incident - only 2,000 copies of this are being pressed, so if you would like to get a copy there are still a handful left to pre-order direct from the label ToneFloat. The regular edition can still be purchased at the PT Store.

Another ToneFloat vinyl release that is close to selling out (and will not be issued on CD) is the clear vinyl version of Bass Communion "Litany" EP. ToneFloat have the last remaining copies, or you can obtain the (also limited) black vinyl version from Burning Shed.


The Incident On Radio

Steven Wilson can be heard talking about the new album on the UK’s Planet Rock radio station on Saturday 29th August at 19.00.

In case you miss it the show,
Birnie’s In,
is repeated on Thursday 3rd September at 19.00 and will be available on the Planet Rock radio web player.


The Incident reviewed

The new album is getting coverage in the UK's monthly music magazines.

Q’s John Aizlewood says: “It’s a sprawling beast, but for all its occasional spots of indulgence it’s a towering achievement.” Mojo man, John Bungey name checks Nick Drake and Pink Floyd, declaring The Incident to “a compelling album that’s diverse and full of drama.”

Finally, Bizarre's Eleanor Goodman writes “Introspective and soothing with just enough kick to raise it above the realm of indie.”


Time Flies video on MySpace

Lasse Hoile's video for Time Flies is now available for all to see on the Porcupine Tree MySpace page. Remember to pause the music player before you view it, and enjoy!


Pictures of the special edition

The special deluxe limited edition version of the Incident is now back from the factory and it's a stunner. You can link to the Roadrunner site for some images of the set. It's selling super fast, and we don't expect it to be available much longer (that is unless you want to buy it for 300 bucks on eBay a couple of months from now!)


We've had a few questions as to whether (as with Fear of a Blank Planet) there will be a separate DVDA release of the 5.1 mix at some point. The simple answer is probably, but we don't know when yet, most likely some time in early 2010.



If you would like to order a copy of the special edition of the Incident, but don't see your country listed in the drop-down menu of the Rhino pre-order page, no problem! All you need to do is send an email to porcupinetree@warnermusic.com including your address. They will then get back to you with shipping information.

Also the two vinyl editions of the Incident are now available to pre-order from the PT Store as well as direct from ToneFloat.


Time Flies video exclusive!

PORCUPINE TREE reveal the first video from their highly anticipated new album THE INCIDENT (in stores 14th September) exclusively with MUZU TV in the UK and Ireland this coming Monday (17th August) at 4pm.

The video is directed by Lasse Hoile, the man responsible for (amongst other things) the videos for Fear Of A Blank Planet and Way Out Of Here, the stunning visuals at Porcupine Tree shows, and the hardback book of photographs to accompany The Incident that comes as part of the limited deluxe edition.

Time Flies in its full 12 minute form appears as the central segment of the 55 minute title track of the album.

Head to THIS LOCATION on Monday at 4pm to check out the video.

There will also be a competition to celebrate the launch of the album.

To get the full details of the physical versions of the album and to pre-order, CLICK HERE.



You can now pre-order the vinyl edition of the Incident released by vinyl specialist label ToneFloat. ToneFloat have a reputation for releasing some of the most beautiful vinyl editions out there, and this will be no exception. The main Incident song cycle is captured on three sides, with the additional tracks on side four. All tracks are mastered from the original 24-bit audio files. The album will be issued in two versions: a regular 180 grams edition in a gatefold sleeve, and a special edition limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, which incorporates the two discs in separate picture sleeves, a superb 48-page 12inch book, all housed in a custom printed PVC slipcase.

Both now available to pre-order from the ToneFloat store.


"Meantime" FLAC download

An unreleased song from the In Absentia sessions called "Meantime" is now available to buy as a download (full lossless audio only) from the
Porcupine Tree store.


The Incident audio preview

A medley of extracts from The Incident is now available to listen to on the Porcupine Tree myspace page, or the Roadrunner UK website (from 4PM UK today).

Written and recorded between September-May, "The Incident" is the tenth studio album by Porcupine Tree. Released worldwide by Roadrunner on 14th September (one week earlier than previously announced in order to coincide with the first tour dates), the album is a 2 disc set, the first disc containing the 55 minute title track / song cycle, and the second CD featuring 4 shorter pieces. There will be 3 editions of the album; a standard 2 CD set, a deluxe edition (contents to be confirmed), and a double vinyl version.


No-Man DVD launch event

No-Man - Mixtaped Launch Event - 22nd August, The Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington, London

20 years after performing its debut concert at the venue, No-Man returns to The Rosemary Branch for the launch of the band's forthcoming double DVD, Mixtaped.

The presentation will consist of a special 60 minute preview of last year's Bush Hall performance (in widescreen and 5.1 surround sound), a 20 minute excerpt from the No-Man documentary Returning, and a 5.1 showing of the videos for Back When You Were Beautiful (especially commissioned for Mixtaped) and Wherever There Is Light.

There will be two screenings at 2pm and 7pm.

No-Man merchandise will be on sale and Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson and Mixtaped/Returning director Richard Smith will be in attendance at both showings.

Please note that tickets are extremely limited due to the size of the venue and no refunds can be given.

Ticket price - £10 per screening from Burning Shed.


Bass Communion - Chiaroscuro CD

Chiaroscuro is a deluxe limited CD edition of a recording of the first (and to date only) live performance by Steven Wilson as Bass Communion, which took place in Antwerp in November 2008. The complete 38 minute performance is included on this CD, along with the Bass Communion side of the split 7 inch single given away to attendees of the show. The CD comes in the now traditional Bass Communion package of a beautiful thick card Japanese style mini LP gatefold sleeve, with a fantastic Carl Glover design, including a picture of SW on stage during the performance inside the gatefold. The CD is only available direct from SW's own mail order company Headphone Dust - order it here.


European Tour Special Guests

The band are pleased to announce the following artists who will be supporting PT during the upcoming Autumn tour:

Engineers – All UK shows

Robert Fripp:




Rose Kemp:


Stick Men

Neu Isenberg

Support for remaining dates should be announced shortly.


PT UK Street Team

Hey there!
As you know, Porcupine Tree will be releasing their new album THE INCIDENT on 21st September, and the Roadrunner UK Porcupine Tree Street Team will be trying to help out the promotion of the album and the band as much as possible. If you are a huge Porcupine Tree fan, and would like to join some fellow PT fans and get involved then NOW is the time to get in on the action. There are some cool PT comps coming up that will be EXCLUSIVE to Street Team members!

All you have to do to join is head to this location: www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk and sign on up. You will then begin to receive notifications and tips on how to help the band (the latter will become more frequent as the album and shows draw closer). You don’t have to sign up for all the RR bands - you can sign up purely for Porcupine Tree. But hey, who knows - you may make some new friends and discover more cool music!

So, what are you waiting for? If you are in the UK and want to help out, now you know what to do…


Final US date

The final date on the band's US Autumn tour has been confirmed in Baltimore, at the Ram's Head, Friday, 25th September. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 3rd July, and can be purchased at here.

Note, there are no ROABP tickets available for this show.


in the studio / more album details

Roadrunner have posted some clips of Porcupine Tree working in the studio on their forthcoming album The Incident here.

Also the cover image and subtitles to the various parts of the long song cycle that takes up the whole of the first CD were revealed at a playback in New York earlier this week. The cover was photographed by Lasse Hoile and designed by Carl Glover.

i occam’s razor (1.55)
ii the blind house (5.47)
iii great expectations (1.26)
iv kneel and disconnect (2.03)
v drawing the line (4.43)
vi the incident (5.20)
vii your unpleasant family (1.48)
viii the yellow windows of the evening train (2.00)
ix time flies (11.40)
x degree zero of liberty (1.45)
xi octane twisted (5.03)
xii the séance (2.39)
xiii circle of manias (2.18)
xiv i drive the hearse (6.41)

Audio clips will be posted soon!


3 more UK shows announced

Three more UK shows have been confirmed as part of Porcupine Tree's tour later this year to promote their new album "The Incident".

6th December - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
8th December - Newcastle Academy
11th December - Glasgow ABC

Note that there are no Residents of a Blank Planet tickets available for Wolverhampton.

The other UK shows previously announced are:

8th Oct - LEEDS Academy
9th Oct - LONDON Hammersmith Apollo (nearly sold out)
10th Oct - BRISTOL Colston Hall


The Incident

Porcupine Tree are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their tenth studio album "The Incident". The record is set to be released via Roadrunner Records worldwide on 21st September, as a double CD.

The centre-piece is the title track, which takes up the whole of the first disc. The 55-minute work is described as “a slightly surreal song cycle about beginnings and endings and the sense that ‘after this, things will never be the same again’.”

The self-produced album is completed by four standalone compositions that developed out of band writing sessions last December - Flicker, Bonnie The Cat, Black Dahlia, and Remember Me Lover feature on a separate EP length disc to stress their independence from the song cycle.

Video footage of the band in the studio working on The Incident, as well as audio previews, will be available online soon. The band will tour extensively to promote the album from mid September onwards.


Gavin Modern Drummer award number 3!

Gavin Harrison has been voted best progressive drummer of the year for the third year running in the highly respected Modern Drummer magazine reader's poll, full results in the current issue.

He passes on his thanks to anyone who voted for him.


More German shows added

Four new German shows have been added to the Porcupine Tree later this year:

27th Nov : Stuttgart - Carl Benz Arena
28th Nov : München - Tonhalle
1st Dec : Neu-Isenburg - Hugenottenhalle
2nd Dec : Köln -Palladium

Priority tickets on sale from Residents of a Blank Planet from 6th June, general sale from 10th June from Ticketmaster (tel: 0 18 05 – 44 70).


More Shows Added

1st Nov : Petofi Hall, BUDAPEST, Hungary
3rd Nov : Media Park, LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
20th Nov : Incrivel Almadense, LISBON, Portugal
21st Nov : Teatro Sa Da Bandeira, PORTO, Portugal
22nd Nov : La Riviera, MADRID, Spain
23rd Nov : Sant Jordi Club, BARCELONA, Spain
25st Nov : Sportzentrum Tagerhard, WETTINGEN, Switzerland

Priority tickets on sale from Residents of a Blank Planet from 16th May.


Insurgentes Remix EP

Steven Wilson's debut album Insurgentes was released earlier this year on Kscope. The album received a great reception, not just from fans and critics but also from fellow artists. Several of these artists have now remixed tracks from the album and NSRGNTS RMXS is a selection of these mixes.

The CD edition features a mix of the albums opening track Harmony Korine by David A. Sitek, currently enjoying massive critical acclaim as leader / producer of TV On The Radio. It also features mixes of tracks by Engineers, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and Fear Falls Burning.

The 12 vinyl edition of NSRGNTS RMXS will be limited to 1000 copies and will only be available from the Kscope store. It also features the David A. Sitek mix along with two mixes of Only Child by Pat Mastelotto.

Both the CD and 12 inch are available to pre-order now from the KScope store.

Finally a digital edition will collect all six tracks available on the CD and 12 inch, and will also feature the winner of the remix competition which has been running on the Insurgentes site.

The competition offered fans the chance to remix the track Abandoner. With the competition now closed, Steven has listened to all the entries and created a shortlist of eight mixes. These mixes are all available to listen to on insurgentes.org and you can vote for your favourite. Voting ends on May 29th.

Steve would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the wonderful submissions to the remix competition, over 200, all of which were listened to!


Richard Barbieri live

Richard will open for the band Engineers at London's Bush Hall on 10th July. The 30 - 40 minute set will include music from his two recent solo albums, as well as older material and some improvisation. For ticketing details and info on Engineers, visit KScope.


Germany / Poland shows announced

15th Oct - Capitol, HANOVER, Germany
17th Oct - Aladin, BREMEN, Germany
25th Oct - Docks, HAMBURG, Germany
26th Oct - Huxley's, BERLIN, Germany
28th Oct - Hala Orbita, WROCLAW, Poland
29th Oct - Haus Auensee, LEIPZIG, Germany
30th Oct - Lowensalle, NUREMBERG, Germany

All tickets go on sale for Residents of a Blank Planet members on 1st May at 9 AM. General sale from 3rd May.



Acting as a bridge between No-Man's elegiac 2008 return Schoolyard Ghosts and the forthcoming live concert DVD Mixtaped, Wherever There Is Light is a strictly limited edition 5 track enhanced CD EP release.

From Schoolyard Ghosts, the poignant title track features a guest performance from US pedal steel legend Bruce Kaphan. The alt-country tinged Death Was California and the atmospheric Counting are two new songs especially written for the EP, while Carolina Skeletons and All The Blue Changes are 2 live recordings from No-Man's Autumn 2008 mini-tour.

Also featuring Grant Wakefied's poetic video for the title track, a powerful preview from the Mixtaped DVD, and a striking Carl Glover designed digi-pack, the enhanced Wherever There Is Light EP is a rare and beautiful thing from the band Uncut memorably described as 'Britain's most underrated sorrowful sonic architects'.

You can pre-order it now from Burning Shed - to be shipped on 11th May.

Listen to the live version of All the Blue Changes from the EP on the No-Man MySpace page.


Denmark, Finland, and Italy shows

Shows have now been added in Denmark, Finland, and Italy to PT's Autumn European tour in support of their new album:

18th October: Copenhagen -- Vega
21st October: Helsinki -- Ice Hall
4th November: Milan -- Alcatraz
5th November: Rome -- Atlantico
6th November: Bologna -- Estragon
7th November: Padova -- Teatro Tenda

Tickets for all shows are available to members of Residents of a Blank Planet on:

16th April for the Italy shows;
17th April for the Copenhagen show;
22nd April for the Helsinki show.

Tickets will then be made available to the general public two days after the respective ROABP onsale dates.


US / Canada tour dates

Porcupine Tree is happy to announce its upcoming Autumn US / Canada tour in support of a brand new studio album. The following dates have been confirmed:

Thu 24 Sept: NY, NY - TERMINAL 5


Supporting PT in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco: That 1 Guy
In Los Angeles: Bigelf
Remaining Dates: King's X

Residents of a Blank Planet, the band’s ticketing club, has tickets available for all shows, and these are available to ROABP members starting THIS FRIDAY, 10th April.

For more information on ROABP presale tickets for both the North American and European tour dates, click here.

Onsale dates for the general public are all on 17th April, except Boston and Chicago, which are on sale 18th April, and San Francisco, on sale 26th April.

Venue Ticket Information:

San Francisco
Los Angeles
New York


Bass Communion vinyl release

Steven Wilson's Bass Communion project has a double vinyl version of the most recent album "Molotov and Haze" now available from Headphone Dust. It was originally recorded in February 2008 during a period of experimentation and preparation for the recording of SW's debut solo album "Insurgentes", using just multi layered guitars and laptop processing. The combination of glacial beauty and power drones represented a new approach for SW's experimental side. For this ToneFloat vinyl edition each of the 4 tracks from the original CD occupies one side, but 2 of the tracks are extended versions - the set is pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, and housed in a thick gatefold sleeve.

In addition the first edition of 500 numbered copies includes an exclusive 10 inch vinyl of the Haze Shrapnel CD EP in its own picture sleeve. This will not be available separately. Available and shipping now from Headphone Dust.


Vienna Show

A show in Austria has been added to the Porcupine Tree tour later this year:

31st October : Gasometer, VIENNA

Tickets for the show are available to members of Residents of a Blank Planet on 8th April. Tickets will then be on general sale from 10th April from www.oeticket.com and www.musicticket.at. Or call +43 1 96 096.

The remainder of PT's European and US tour dates should be announced shortly.


Sweden shows

Two shows in Sweden have been added to PT's European tour to promote the September release of their new album:

19th October: Stockholm – Arena
24th October: Lund – MEJERIET

Tickets for both shows are available to members of Residents of a Blank Planet on 6th-7th April. Tickets will then be on general sale from 8th April from www.ticnet.se/html/home.htmI and http://www.eventim.se/cgi-bin/tinfo.dll?key=porcupine+tree&affiliate=ese&fun=TSearch&doc=funktion%2Ffun_suc&fuzzy=yes&sort_by=score.

The remainder of the PT's European and US tour dates should be announced shortly.


PT Email Updates update

The first email update will be sent out in the next week, with information on the US tour, more European dates, ROABP info, and contests to attend one of the 5.1 premiers of the new PT album in New York and London. Regrettably, our webhost has discovered a caching problem with signups that took place between March 13 and today. The good news is that the problem has been resolved, but, if you signed up during this time period, your information was not saved properly, so you will need to sign up again. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.


Gavin Harrison / O5Ric CD now shipping

"Circles", Gavin Harrison's highly anticipated new album with 05Ric, is now shipping - you can order it as a CD or digital download (FLAC / mp3) from Burning Shed. This is their second collaboration - picking up from where "Drop" left off. 10 new songs featuring Ric's amazing extended range bass and haunting vocals - along with Gavin's mind bending rhythmic designs and unique expression on the drums.


ROABP CD on the way

The Residents of a Blank Planet membership live CDs are now starting to be sent out, and very nice they are too! Ilosaarirock is the complete 75 minute performance from the Ilosaarirock festival in Finland in 2007, considered by the band to be one of the best concerts from the Fear of a Blank Planet tour. The recording of the concert has been remixed from the multi-tracks made by national Finnish radio to the usual high standard associated with PT live releases. Although it contains a few familiar favorites, most of the concert consists of tracks from the then recent album, and this is the first time that live versions of the Fear of a Blank Planet songs have been officially released.

Please note that due to a fault with the mastering on the first manufacturing run, a corrected replacement CD is also included inside the packages. Once you have removed the shrink wrap from the digipack, please take out the CD inside and replace with the additional disc included in the paper wallet.


Paris Olympia show

A Porcupine Tree show in Paris is now confirmed - on 13th October the band return to the prestigious Olympia Theater, quite simply one of the best venues in Europe. Unfortunately we have been unable to secure priority tickets for Residents of Blank Planet members for this show, but tickets will go on sale on 3rd April from www.olympiahall.com.


Amsterdam / Brussels shows

Two more shows have been added to PT's European tour to promote the September release of their new album:

12th October: Amsterdam – Heineken Hall
14th October: Brussels – Ancienne Belgique

Tickets for both shows will be available to members of Residents of a Blank Planet from 25th March. After that tickets will be on general sale from 27th March, for Amsterdam from www.livenation.nl or by phone 0900-10102020 (Netherlands only), and for Belgium from www.abconcerts.be.

In the meantime the Residents of a Blank Planet live CD should start to ship to members shortly.


Colin Edwin Third Vessel pre-order

Colin Edwin's debut solo release "Third Vessel" is available now for pre-order from Burning Shed, and will be shipped on March 23rd.

Almost an hour long, the album is a mixture of both narratives set to music and instrumentals, which weave together the themes of spirituality, communication and dreamstates.

Packaged in a mini gatefold sleeve with a vinyl effect CD, with a cover image by photographer Frans Janssen.

For more information about the album and audio samples, please see the new microsite: www.thirdvessel.com.


PT email updates

You can now sign up for Porcupine Tree email updates - these will include updates on things such as tour dates, new merchandise / store items, new releases, album news, etc... It only takes a few moments to sign up here.


Leeds / Bristol shows

PT have announced 2 more UK shows for later this year. Pre-sale tickets are available now for members of ROABP, the band's ticketing club.


The Bristol show is all-seated and the band have the very best seats.

Buy tickets for both shows here.

Other news for members of
ROABP, the free members only live CD (packaged in a very cool 6 panel digipack) is now in production and due to be sent out later this month.


SW in Electronic Musician magazine

Steven Wilson appears on the cover of the current issue of US magazine Electronic Musician. The issue includes an in depth interview on the recording of "Insurgentes", Porcupine Tree, and other topics. The interview is online, but the magazine features a 9 page spread which includes several photos not included on the website.


Harmony Korine video online

The full length director's cut of Lasse Hoile's amazing video for Steven Wilson's "Harmony Korine" (the first single from the forthcoming "Insurgentes" album) is now available to view on you tube in high definition.

You can order the limited 7 inch single version of "Harmony Korine" here, and the 2 disc version of the album "Insurgentes" can be pre-ordered here (includes a link to an instant mp3 download of the album).

Insurgentes gets a full UK release on 9th March, and during that week Steven will be visiting some key independent record stores in London, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Bristol to sign copies of the new album. So if you would like to come along and meet Steven here's when and where to do it:




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ROABP Live Album Update

For those that have so far signed up for the new Residents of a Blank Planet ticketing club, many thanks! The live CD that comes as part of the subscription was originally planned to be sent out in Jan/Feb, but things have progressed a little slower than anticipated due to work on the next PT studio album. However, the live album is now in the process of being mixed and artwork designed, and we hope it will be ready to be sent out in March. More news soon...


Lasse Hoile site and online store

Porcupine Tree photographer and film-maker Lasse Hoile has revamped his lassehoile.com site, and it now includes an online store where you have the chance to obtain high quality posters of his work, and some very limited edition art-prints. All items are signed and numbered by Lasse. Go here to check it out.


Insurgentes Update

As the release date of Steven Wilson "Insurgentes" approaches there will much activity over the next few weeks, including the exclusive unveiling of the Lasse Hoile video for Harmony Korine (which will also be issued as the first single release from the album, see below). SW has been busy promoting the album with interviews and a series of playback events for press.  The recent event in London has already been reviewed online by the music-news.com website (in the Spotlight section).

In the meantime Insurgentes website has now undergone a major update and includes details of a remix competition where everyone has the chance to re-mix the track Abandoner from Insurgentes. The remix that Steven judges to be best will be included on a future official Steven Wilson release.  More details are on the site.  As an example of what can be done there are also two great Abandoner remixes by Engineers, (Kscope's newest act), and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson).

Newbury Comics over in the US now have a special pre-order offer, which includes a signed CD booklet.  Please note that the US edition is slightly different from the European version in that it comes in super jewel case instead of the hardback digipack.  Otherwise contents are the same.  Order here.

You can still pre-order the European 2 disc version of Insurgentes from Burning Shed and receive the instant mp3 download version of the album to check out while you are waiting for the physical release.

In the meantime the first single from Insurgentes will be released in mid Feb on 7 inch vinyl only. The A-Side is a remixed edit of album track "Harmony Korine", and the B-side is non-album track "The 78", which was briefly available as an untitled bonus track on the deluxe mail order edition released last November. The single comes in a choice of 3 colours: black, white, and blood red vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies of each. These are now available to pre-order from the KScope webstore.


Bass Communion Special Offer

2008 was a prolific year for SW's Bass Communion project, with several new releases / limited editions, as well as reissues of earlier works. Some of these are now being made available from Headphone Dust at a special price throughout January, including a brand new 2 CD reissue of Bass Communion II / III. III was previously only available as an on demand CDR and has been unavailable for a long time. Both albums have been remastered and packaged in a beautiful gatefold card mini LP sleeve. This is now available for the special price of £10 for a 2 disc set.

Other Bass Communion releases on sale in January are the most recent full length album "Molotov and Haze" (£6), the "Dronework" CD EP reissue (£4), and the 2 disc edition of "Ghosts on Magnetic Tape" (£10). All available from Headphone Dust'.

Finally, we have a few remaining copies of the 7 inch vinyl single that was originally given to attendees of the Fear Falls Burning / Bass Communion concert in Antwerp on 1st November 2008. The BC side contains an 8 minute out-take from the "Molotov and Haze" sessions. This is a limited edition of 500 copies in spot varnished sleeve.

Other Bass Communion releases in 2008 were the "Pacific Codex" box set (sold out), Bass Communion / Pig "Live in Mexico City" LP (sold out), and the Bass Communion / /Freiband "Haze Shrapnel" 3 inch CDR (still available).


PT new album update

Writing for the next PT studio record is well underway, with the band recently spending 2 weeks secluded in the English countryside working on new tracks. Recording of these pieces and a new 35 minute SW song cycle is due to start in February, and tour plans are being put in place from September onwards following release of the new album. A London show is already announced for 9th October at Hammersmith Apollo, and there will be many more dates confirmed over the coming weeks, so please check the tour dates page for updates. You can also join the PT ticketing club to ensure that wherever possible you will be offered the best tickets for the shows (plus you get a free live CD). For information on how to join and details, click here.


ROABP 2.0/London Tickets Presale

The new and (hopefully) improved ROABP, the band's ticketing club, is now live. The band will be touring extensively from September 2009 (including the USA), and wherever possible the ticket club will obtain the best tickets for the shows and offer them exclusively to members. For information on how to join and details, click here.

Presale tickets for the October 9 London show at the Hammersmith Apollo (where the band will perform their new album, currently in progress) are now available. Please note this is an all seated show, and the band has obtained the very best tickets in the venue.


Insurgentes on sale!

You can now pre-order the 2 disc version of Steven Wilson's "Insurgentes" from Burning Shed. Release date is 24th February, but if you pre-order you will receive a link to an instant mp3 download so you can listen to the music while you are waiting for you physical copy to arrive.

Insurgentes consists of a 2 disc set in a rigid hardback digibook with 36 page booklet. Disc one is the 10 track album on stereo CD, and disc two is a DVDA containing the album in higher resolution 24 bit stereo and 5.1 surround sound (in high res DVDA and DTS version compatible with any DVD player), an 18 minute extract from 'Insurgentes' film, and 2 album trailers.


PT London Show/Tickets

PT will be playing its first London show in support of its new album at the Hammersmith Apollo, Friday, October 9. Tickets go onsale to the general public this Friday, Dec. 5, at 9 AM here, or by calling the 24hr Credit Card hotline: 0871 2200 260.

The band will also be relaunching the new and improved ROABP, the band's ticket club, tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for info on how to join, and to get access to the best seats at the venue, available for presale tomorrow.


Gavin in Modern Drummer

PT drummer Gavin Harrison appears on the front cover of the current (Jan 09) issue of Modern Drummer magazine, with a major in depth interview / article with Gavin inside. You can buy it online here


Richard with The Bays 2008/9

Richard will be joining The Bays and The Heritage Orchestra for selected dates next month. These concerts will take the form of an improvised set of electronic and orchestral music.

11/11/08: Manchester RNCM
12/11/08: Gateshead Sage
17/11/08: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
18/11/08: Northampton Royal Derngate
19/11/08: Leicester De Montfort Hall
20/11/08: Basingstoke Anvil

Also Richard will travel to Australia with The Bays early next year to perform two shows on the 14th / 15th January at the Sydney Festival. This time the band will be improvising to the film "Run Lola Run" and will perform, along with a giant screen, from a floating barge in the Sydney Harbour.

Keep checking thebays.com and richardbarbieri.net for updates and more detailed info on both events.


New solo sampler

Now available from the PT Store is a new budget priced sampler of music from various collaborations and solo projects by the members of Porcupine Tree. Includes tracks from Richard Barbieri's solo albums, Colin Edwin's forthcoming solo album, Ex-Wise Heads, Gavin Harrison/O5Ric, No-Man, Bass Communion, and a track from Steven Wilson's forthcoming solo album.


Gavin in Texas

Gavin will be performing at the highly prestigious "Percussive Arts Society International Convention" in Austin Texas at 3pm on 7th November. He will make a 50 minute solo drum clinic. Click here for more details.


The Shield tonight

What does Porcupine Tree have to do with tonight's episode of The Shield? Tune in to FX at 10:00 EDT for the episode, entitled "Animal Control," and find out!



Please note that due to much higher than expected ticket sales, Porcupine Tree's show in Madrid on 10th October has been moved from Sala Heineken to the larger La Riviera.


New Insurgentes website and trailer

A website dedicated to the forthcoming Steven Wilson solo album (and Lasse Hoile's documentary) "Insurgentes" is now online. You will soon be able to pre-order the special deluxe edition exclusively from this site, but for the time being a new trailer for the album is available to view. This time the music is a special edit of the album track "Get All You Deserve". Once again the footage is taken from the documentary of the same name, shot, directed and edited by Lasse Hoile. There are 6 other established musicians in the trailer - gold star if you can name them all!


Gavin at Modern Drummer Festival

Gavin will be performing a 50 minute solo set at the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival, which takes place on the 20th-21st September in the Concert Hall on the State University of New York at Purchase campus. This will be filmed for DVD release next year.


Japanese paper sleeve second series

On 19th November WHD Japan will release the second series of Porcupine Tree paper sleeves in mini gatefold LP style jackets, all as 2 disc editions with the stereo CD and 5.1 surround sound DVDA (all disc content is identical to the western editions, and use the same masters). As with the previous Japanese paper sleeve release of the Delerium era albums earlier this year, a special box will also be produced by Disk Union to house all 5 albums. Please note that the PT Store will not be stocking either the albums or the box. However Japanese paper sleeve releases are relatively easy to obtain from reputable Japanese eBay sellers at regular prices (we recommend sellers necokick or eiselvis).


Richard Barbieri new album pre-order

Richard Barbieri's new solo album "Stranger Inside" will be released by K Scope / Snapper Records on 15th September (30th Sept in the US). For all details including track lists, credits, music previews and a free MP3 download, visit the Stranger Inside microsite.

Over the next few months Richard's own website will be developed further and it's hoped more free and exclusive downloads will be available.


Steven Wilson solo album

Headphone Dust are receiving many questions regarding the forthcoming Steven Wilson solo album "Insurgentes" and whether it's possible to pre-order it. Please note that the special multi disk edition and download versions of the album will only be available from November, and then only from www.insurgentes.org. The multi disk mail-order version will be limited, but not so limited that there won't be plenty of time for everyone who would like a copy to order one. You can view the Insurgentes Trailer here.

In the meantime there are plenty of other recently issued SW releases available from Headphone Dust, including the fifth in the Cover Version series, and current Bass Communion releases "Molotov and Haze" and the mini LP style reissue of "Dronework".


SW Insurgentes trailer

A trailer for "Insurgentes", the forthcoming solo album by Steven Wilson, is now available to view on the SW MySpace page, YouTube, and elsewhere. The trailer features clips from the documentary of the same name that Lasse Hoile has been filming throughout the making of the album, and music from the most PT-friendly track on the record. "Insurgentes" is due for release in November as a download and special deluxe multi disc mail order version, with retail release to follow in early 2009.


New Bass Communion releases

The new Bass Communion CD "Molotov and Haze" is available from Headphone Dust now, priced £8. Molotov and Haze is the latest album by SW's experimental project, and it presents 4 crafted and layered guitar sourced pieces, 2 noisy (Molotov) and 2 transcendent (Haze), creating perhaps the most emotive Bass Communion album to date. Comes in a beautiful Carl Glover designed gatefold mini-LP jacket.

A new edition of Bass Communion's Dronework CD EP is now available from Headphone Dust. This 20 minute drone piece was originally issued as an on demand CDR, and it's now available as a full factory pressed CD (but still exclusive to Headphone Dust) in a beautiful Japanese style mini LP card sleeve, with brand new Carl Glover designed artwork.

Also finally in stock after some manufacturing delays is the reissue of the first Continuum CD.


PT downloads / UTD vinyl reissued

Porcupine Tree are in the process of making all of their albums available as high quality FLAC (loseless audio) downloads from the PT Store. Available now are the last 3 full length studio albums: In Absentia (2002), Deadwing (2005), and Fear of a Blank Planet (2007).

And the PT reissue bandwagon continues at the other end of the technological spectrum....

Following their purchase of the catalogue from Delerium, Snapper/KScope have started to make available again the vinyl editions of the early PT albums. First up is "Up the Downstair" on double 180 gram heavy-weight red coloured vinyl in a
gatefold sleeve. This is the 2004 remix / remaster of Up the Downstair / Staircase Infinities, with the bonus track "Phantoms" (from the Stars Die anthology). Please note these represses have the same contents and design as the Headspin editions from a few years ago, though this is the first time they have been issued on coloured vinyl (if you like that kind of thing). The set is available to pre-order now from the PT Store.


John Wesley free downloads

Just a reminder that erstwhile PT touring guitarist John Wesley has made his entire solo back catalogue available to download from his website for free (yup, absolutely no charge). In particular we recommend the most recent album "Shiver", which was mixed by Steven Wilson - one of those lost classic shoulda-sold-a-million albums. So if you don't have it already head over than and download it here now. For nothing.


Carbon Nation 8 available

Issue 8 of Simon Clarke's independent Porcupine Tree magazine Carbon Nation is now available.

This issue includes:

- Interview with Steven Wilson
- Interview with Gavin Harrison
- Interview with PT tour manager Sam Mitcham
- Review of No-Man "Schoolyard Ghosts"
- Interview with No-Man’s Tim Bowness
- Gig reviews from Mexico, UK and Australia

Get your copy from the Carbon Nation website. Back issues 1-7 are also still available.


London show sold out

Porcupine Tree's show at the IndigO2 in London on 19th October is now sold out.


New SW cover version single available

The fifth and penultimate in the series of Steven Wilson's Cover Version singles is now available to pre-order from Headphone Dust. As with the first 4, the single contains a surprise cover version and an SW original, the original this time being a reworked version of a song previously heard on the SW MySpace page, "Well You're Wrong". The previous 4 cover version singles are all still available and there is currently a special offer to get all 5 for £15. Any single Cover Version CD (including the new one) is now at the reduced price of £3.50.

The series is planned to conclude with Cover Version 6 (not recorded yet so don't ask when!), which will come in special packaging to house all of the singles.

Headphone Dust also have copies of the recently released Bass Communion / Freiband 3 inch CDR "Haze Shrapnel" issued by Frans De Waard's MOLL label.


Gavin wins Modern Drummer poll

Gavin Harrison has been voted best progressive drummer of the year for the second year running in the highly respected Modern Drummer magazine reader's poll. Gavin also came second in the best recorded performance category for "Fear of a Blank Planet". You can find full results of the poll in the current (July 2008) issue of the magazine, which also includes a track by track feature of the FOABP album with several transcriptions, including the drum solo in "Way Out Of Here".


More No-Man shows

No-Man have added 2 further (and final) live dates in Holland and Germany, following the London show:

3rd September 2008 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.
(tickets available from www.ticketmaster.nl).

4th September 2008 - Savoy Theatre, Düsseldorf, Germany.
(tickets available from www.eventim.de).

The first show at the Bush Hall, London, on August 29th will be filmed for possible DVD release. This show is now sold out.


New store items

Now available from the PT Store is the Pinkpop edition of the 2LP vinyl of Fear of a Blank Planet, released to coincide with the band's recent appearance at the Pinkpop festival in Holland. Please note that as this was only made in very small numbers, it is limited to one copy per person.

You can also now get the We Lost the Skyline in mp3 and FLAC audio download formats, with downloadable artwork, as well as download versions of 2 albums by Colin Edwin's Ex-Wise Heads project.


013 DVD shoot

PT will play 2 shows at 013, Tilburg, the Netherlands, on 15th and 16th October. The short run of European shows (sorry no US shows this time) during October is in order to shoot a DVD based on the Fear of a Blank Planet album cycle, and the main body of the filming will take place at Tilburg, where the band will play as much different material as possible during the course of the 2 nights. So please come along and help us to make the atmosphere very special and get yourself in the film! Tickets are on sale from the 7th June from www.013web.nl.


Lightbulb Sun 2LP

Tonefloat have just announced the first ever vinyl edition of Porcupine Tree's "Lightbulb Sun", limited to 1,000 copies on coloured vinyl but also on regular black vinyl, for release on 8th July. Unfortunately, through no fault of ToneFloat the strong Euro is currently making their releases increasingly expensive for people buying in other currencies. The PT Store will be stocking the release from early July, and we will do what we can to make the price a little more appealing. The same applies to the "Fear of a Blank Planet" Pinkpop pink vinyl edition, and the No-Man "Schoolyard Ghosts" vinyl (deluxe and regular), both of which will be in stock shortly at the store.


London support

Special guests at the Porcupine Tree show in London on the 19th October will be Oceansize. This exceptional band have played with PT many times in Europe, but this will be the first time in the UK. To find out more about the band check out their MySpace page. The show will shortly be officially advertised, but already 70% of the tickets are sold, so if you do want to come along don't delay! Tickets from ticketmaster.

And on that subject there are only 30 tickets left for the No-Man show at Bush Hall, London on 29th August - these are only available online from the No-Man store.


Wes solo show

PT's live guitar player John Wesley will perform a solo show at The Jericho Tavern, in Oxford, on Wednesday 11th June. Show start time is 8.30pm and the full address is 56 Walton Street, Oxford. Head over to the John Wesley MySpage page for more info and to listen to some of Wes' music.


PT in Portugal

Porcupine Tree have confirmed their first headline shows in Portugal:

7th Oct : Lisbon, Incrivel Almadense
8th Oct : Porto, Teatro Sa Da Bandeira

Tickets will be on sale from 19th May from www.ticketline.pt.


No-Man live

To tie-in with the release of "Schoolyard Ghosts", the first new No-Man album in 5 years, No-Man will be performing their first live concert since 1993 at the Bush Hall, London, on August 29th (Doors open, 7.30-8pm). The gig will be filmed for possible DVD release.

Tickets are available directly from the band at the No-Man store. The Bush Hall is only 350 capacity and the show is expected to sell out very quickly, so if you do plan on coming please get your tickets fast!


PT in Spain

Porcupine Tree have confirmed their first dates in Spain for over 3 years, as part of their European mini tour in October:

10th October - Madrid, Sala Heineken
11th October - Barcelona, Apolo
12th October - Bilbao, Rockstar Live

Tickets available from 8th May at www.ticktackticket.com (phone : 00 34 902 15 00 25)

Dates in Portugal are also expected to be confirmed shortly.


Pinkpop vinyl and Japanese paper sleeve CDs

To coincide with PT's performance at the Pinkpop festival in Holland, ToneFloat have pressed a special pink vinyl edition of the Fear of a Blank Planet double LP in a limited run of 500 copies. This is already sold out on the ToneFloat website, but the PT store will be making a small number of copies available following the festival. At the same time a deluxe vinyl version of the new No-Man album "Schoolyard Ghosts" (packaged in a slipcase with 16 page 12x12 booklet and a bonus 7 inch) will also be available to order. For more information please check the Tonefloat website.

In the meantime, paper sleeve CD editions of the early PT albums have now been released in Japan on WHD Entertainment. There are 7 titles - On the Sunday of Life..., Up the Downstair (2CD), Voyage 34, The Sky Moves Sideways (2CD), Signify (2CD), Coma Divine (2CD), and Stars Die - the Delerium Years (2CD). The audio content is the same as the Snapper remasters, but the packaging is really special, with each album housed in a miniature thick card vinyl-style gatefold sleeve. Disk Union Japan have also produced a box set based on the Coma Divine artwork. Please note that due to export restrictions we cannot get copies of the box set or the mini LPs to sell from the PT store - however there are several reputable Japanese dealers that sell them on eBay at standard local Japanese prices (search for "porcupine mini lp" making sure to search worldwide), though the box set was only produced in very limited quantities and is already quite scarce. Later in the year there will be a second series of paper sleeves covering the albums from Stupid Dream to Fear of a Blank Planet.


Russia On Ice

PT will play their first ever show in Russia on 6th July at B1 club in Moscow. Tickets available starting 2nd May from www.concert.ru.


London show announced

In October Porcupine Tree will undertake a short European tour in order to shoot their second live DVD - this will be the final time that the Fear of a Blank Planet tour repertoire will be performed, but there may also be some surprises! The first show to be announced is at the Indigo2 venue in London. This is situated within the same building (formerly the Millenium Dome) as the O2 Arena, and is a wonderful new venue. Tickets will shortly be on sale from ticketmaster.


LBS special edition sold out

The limited 3 disc mail order edition of Lightbulb Sun has now sold out, and these have started shipping. There are still a few left of the 3 disc pre-order edition of No-Man's forthcoming album "Schoolyard Ghosts" from the No-Man online store, but these are limited to only 2,000 copies and going fast!


No-Man album pre-ordering

The new No-Man album Schoolyard Ghosts is now available to pre-order from the No-Man online store. The CD/DVDA 2 disc set comes in a lavish digi-pack with booklet, the DVDA featuring a 5.1 mix of the album, a photo gallery and videos for 3 songs. In addition the first 2,000 copies sold from the store will come with an exclusive limited edition 6 track bonus CD of alternate versions of tracks from the album.

Schoolyard Ghosts is officially released on May 12th, but the 3 disc pre-order No-Man store edition will ship in late April/early May.

There is a microsite dedicated to the album which includes a video for an edit of the song "Truenorth". The No-Man MySpace page also includes extracts from the album.


Gavin update

Following PT's shows in Australia, Gavin will be staying on for 2 drum clinics at The Geelong Drum Festival "Drumania" (close to Melbourne) on 29th April, and in Green Room in Canberra on 30th April.

He will also appear at the Drummer Live Event in London on 15th June.

Gavin is currently rehearsing with King Crimson and will be part of the line up for the band's shows in America in August.


PT in Australia

Porcupine Tree have confirmed their first ever live concerts in Australia in April:


Tickets are available here.


We Lost the Skyline vinyl edition

The deluxe vinyl edition of We Lost the Skyline is now available from the PT Store in 2 different coloured vinyls - regular black, and a limited edition marbled vinyl. Both editions are pressed on 180 gram vinyl, housed in a beautiful heavy duty gatefold sleeve - the usual quality that ToneFloat vinyl releases are rightly acclaimed for.

Also a reminder to pre-order your copy of the Lightbulb Sun CD/DVDA reissue, as the first 5,000 pre-orders will receive the bonus CD EP containing "Novak" and "Buying New Soul (instrumental backing track)".

UPDATE (26/3) : Less than 500 copies of the special edition Lightbulb Sun with bonus disc left!


Saarbrucken broadcast

An edited TV special of Porcupine Tree's show at Saarbrucken, Germany on 23rd September 2006, is currently being broadcast on IM1.TV in Germany - it can be picked up on digital astra satellite in Europe and in most German states on cable. The next broadcast of the one hour program will take place on Tuesday, 18th March at 8.00 p.m. The special was filmed during the Arriving Somewhere tour when the band were premiering their new (as then unrecorded) Fear of a Blank Planet album - however the broadcast only includes the second half of the show, not the FOABP material (sorry!)


Bonus Lightbulb Sun CD

For a limited time all copies of the new Lightbulb Sun reissue that are ordered from the PT Store will receive a bonus CD containing 2 rarities from the Lightbulb Sun era. "Novak" is an instrumental which was originally issued on the B-side of the 7 inch single of Shesmovedon, but which has never been released on CD before. "Buying New Soul (original instrumental track)" is the backing track as it was cut live in the studio by the band - at 14.27 it runs almost 4 minutes longer than the finished version since a whole section was removed before being overdubbed with vocals for release on the Recordings CD. Note that all orders already placed will automatically have this CD added to their order. The CD is not available to purchase separately and is only included with orders including the pre-order of the 2 disc reissue of Lightbulb Sun.

Lightbulb Sun is also in preparation for release as a 2LP vinyl edition.


Lightbulb Sun reissue

A brand new edition of the long out of print 2000 Porcupine Tree studio album "Lightbulb Sun" will be issued next month.

Along with "Recordings" (also due for reissue later this year) the album is the missing part of the PT discography. It contains the original studio versions of PT favorites such as Shesmovedon, Russia On Ice, Hatesong, and Feel So Low, and has been lavishly revamped into a definitive 2 disc set. Disc one is a CD containing a pristine remix / remaster of the album, while disc two is a DVDA (playable on any DVD player) containing the album remixed into 5.1 surround sound (in DVDA and DTS versions), as well as a 24 bit high resolution version of the stereo mix, and the original 2000 mix/master. Also included are 5.1 mixes of bonus tracks Disappear, Buying New Soul, and Cure for Optimism, which were recorded during the same sessions. This is the definitive version of one of the essential albums in the PT catalogue.

The album is officially released on 21st April through KScope / Snapper, but is available to pre-order now from the PT Store - these pre-orders will ship 2 weeks earlier. Please note that due to the very weak dollar we are unable to compete with prices at US retail outlets like Amazon, so to make savings on both the price and the shipping costs we do suggest that US customers wait until the album is officially released.


Rocksound Festival

PT have confirmed another festival appearance, at Rocksound in Swizterland. The band will appear on 7th June. More information on the full line up can be found on the Rocksound website, or go here to purchase tickets for the festival.


More festival dates

PT have confirmed 2 more Summer festival appearances. They will play on 13th June at Novarock, Nickelsdorf, Austria (also appearing at the festival are Rage Against the Machine, The Verve, Incubus, Motorhead..etc..), and on the 4th July Ruisrock, Turku, Finland (alongside Interpol, Bullet for My Valentine, Him, and many others). More information on the full line up and ticket purchasing can be found on these websites:




PT Japanese paper sleeve editions

On 23rd April WHD in Japan (through JVC distribution) will release paper sleeve editions of all of the Delerium era PT albums:

1. On The Sunday Of Life...
2. Up The Downstair / Staircase Infinities (2 CD)
3. The Sky Moves Sideways (2 CD)
4. Signify / Insignificance (2 CD)
5. Coma Divine - Live in Rome (2 CD)
6. Voyage 34
7. Stars Die - The Delerium Years (2 CD)

The audio content is identical to the Snapper reissues of these albums, but these paper sleeve editions come in the highly collectible mini vinyl LP style sleeves. All 7 sleeves are gatefold and each also includes the UK booklet, a black and white Japanese insert with translation of all sleeve notes, and an OBI strip. These editions are extremely limited and will be a one off pressing only released in Japan. We are trying to get at least some copies to sell through the PT store, so watch this space.


Nil Recurring / We Lost the Skyline released today

Nil Recurring is finally given a full retail release today, and Peaceville have a micro site dedicated to the album which includes a new video by Lasse Hoile for the song "Normal". The retail edition of the album is identical to the original mail order version except that it comes in a super-jewel case with a card slipcase, instead of the digipack Transmission version. Both this and the We Lost the Skyline CD are now shipping from the PT Store.


PT at Pinkpop

Porcupine Tree will be headlining the second stage on Friday, 30th May at the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands, playing immediately before Metallica appear on the main stage. More information on the full line up for the festival and where to get tickets at their website.


More Skyline news

Thanks to all those that have so far pre-ordered the We Lost the Skyline CD from the PT Store. These CDs will now ship during week commencing 18th February, one week later than originally announced, apologies for this short delay. In addition we can now confirm that the following week will see the CD released to US retail, exclusive to the Think Indie chain of stores. You can check locations of these stores on the Think Indie website.


BASS COMMUNION - Pacific Codex

The new album by Steven Wilson's ambient / drone orientated project Bass Communion is now available. "Pacific Codex" is the most lavishly packaged Bass Communion release yet, and will start shipping on 11th Feb, but you can pre-order a copy now from Headphone Dust.

'Pacific Codex' is possibly the most minimal and zen-like beautiful of all Bass Communion releases so far, a single 40 minute piece based entirely on processed and layered recordings of metal sculptures and gongs, creating complex waves of deep subharmonic sound. To fit with the oceanic theme, Carl Glover has designed an elaborate box set package which includes both stereo CD + 5.1 surround sound DVD-Audio discs housed in a thick card gatefold sleeve, a 36-page perfect-bound full-colour booklet, and a 2-sided thick card hand-numbered insert, all housed in a super-thick case-bound card box (slipcase style).

Equation Records in the US are now sold out and not accepting any more orders.

To tie in with the release of 'Pacific Codex', there is also a repress of the 2 disc edition of Bass Communion's "Ghosts on Magnetic Tape", which includes the original album and the full length Andrew Liles reconstruction in a miniature thick card gatefold sleeve. This will ship at the same time as Pacific Codex, and you can pre-order both releases together from Headphone Dust to save on postage costs.


We Lost the Skyline CD

UPDATE: We Lost the Skyline is now available to pre-order from the PT Store.

On the 4th October 2007 Porcupine Tree arrived for an in-store performance and signing session at Park Avenue CDs in Orlando, Florida, with 200 fans also in attendance. Although it was originally planned that the full band would play, lack of space dictated that it was only the 2 guitarists / singers Steven Wilson and John Wesley who delivered an impromptu performance, including many songs rarely (if ever) played by the band, making for a very special and intimate show. Fortunately this one-off performance was captured by a remote recording facility and the complete 8 song, 33 minute show is now being released in a digipack sleeve created by photographer Lasse Hoile and designer Carl Glover. The CD will be available to pre-order soon from the PT Store (please do NOT email to ask when), and is expected to ship in the week commencing 11th Feb.

Dutch vinyl specialists ToneFloat will also release a quality 180gm vinyl edition of We Lost the Skyline in a gatefold sleeve, with a limited and numbered edition of 1,000 copies on marbled vinyl, and a regular edition on black vinyl. These editions will be released on 18th March, but will also be available to pre-order soon from the ToneFloat website. The Porcupine Tree store will also stock the vinyl editions once they are released.

Full track listing for the album is:

1. the sky moves sideways (4.02)
2. even less (3.27)
3. stars die (4.33)
4. waiting (3.52)
5. normal (4.52)
6. drown with me (4.09)
7. lazarus (4.29)
8. trains (4.04)


Gavin Harrison Swiss clinics

Gavin has a series of drum clinics in Switzerland coming up in early 2008:

28.01.2008 - Pro Percussion in Basel - www.propercussion.ch - Tel: +41 61 272 2330

29.01.2008 - Musik Shop in St. Gallen - www.musikshopsg.ch - Tel: +41 71 230

30.01.2008 - Musique Favre in Liestal - www.mufa.ch - Tel: +41 61 921 9990

31.01.2008 - Musik Produktiv in Niederlenz - www.musik-produktiv.ch - Tel:
+41 62 885 1050

01.02.2008 - Boullard Musique in Morges - www.boullard.com - Tel: +41 21 811


Steven Wilson Cover Versions January offer

In preparation for the 2 remaining Cover Version singles (the final one of which will come in a box set to house all 6 CDs), Headphone Dust have re-pressed the previous 4 Steven Wilson Cover Version CD singles, now packaged in plastic wallets instead of jewel cases. Throughout January you can buy all 4 CDs for the price of 3 from Headphone Dust.

Also available from Headphone Dust now is the deluxe vinyl edition of the second album by SW's ambient project Bass Communion.


PT digital download releases

Snapper Music will gradually make their Porcupine Tree catalogue available for digital download (including most of the band's music originally issued between 1992-2000) over the next few months. The albums will be made available in chronological order, starting with "On the Sunday of Life..." (1992) and the updated 2005 version of "Up the Downstair" (1993), which will be available from 11th December. There is a micro-site for the download releases at www.snappermusic.com/ms/porcupinetree.


PT Grammy nominated!

PT's "Fear of a Blank Planet" album has received a nomination at this year's Grammy awards, for "Best Surround Sound Album". The full list of nominees is available on the official Grammy


Bass Communion II on vinyl

Now available from HEADPHONE DUST is the next in the series of vinyl upgrades to Steven Wilson's catalogue, a lavish double vinyl edition of Bass Communion II, which collects the six tracks from the original 1999 CD release plus for the first time the release of Wide Open Killingfeld parts 2 and 3 on Side 4, which are exclusive to this release. As always with ToneFloat releases, the album comes with a superb gatefold picture sleeve, and the first edition of 500 copies are numbered and on white vinyl.


NIL RECURRING Japanese version

The Japanese version of Nil Recurring on WHD is now released, and several sellers are listing in on eBay. Please note however that despite these sellers including a track called "Harmony Korine" in the listing, there is no such track and the EP is exactly the same as the UK version with the exception of the addition of the radio edit of Fear of a Blank Planet (included for radio promotional purposes in Japan). The EP will be reissued worldwide by Peaceville Records on 18th Feb 2008.


Scuzz TV PT special

A one hour Porcupine Tree 'Prog Special’ will be aired on Scuzz TV on Monday 3rd December at 11pm. This consists of an interview with the band and their choice of video clips by other bands.


Nil Recurring on Peaceville

The Nil Recurring mini album, previously only available through the PT store and at the band's shows, will be given a full release on Peaceville Records on 18th February, 2008. The new edition will differ only in that it comes in a crystal case rather than a digipack.

The mini-album (29 minutes of music) was written during the ‘Fear Of A Blank Planet’ sessions, completed over the Summer of 2007, and is now presented as a cohesive, self-contained Porcupine Tree work in its own right.



Please note that the show in Glasgow on 12th December has been moved from Barrowlands to the Academy.


Ex-Wise Heads vinyl release

Earlier this year, Ex-Wise Heads were invited to record some music exclusively for the experimental Dutch label "C". Rising to the challenge, earlier this year Colin Edwin and musical partner Geoff Leigh crafted the 40 minutes of music exclusively for this release. The results can be heard as "Celestial Disclosure", two long flowing pieces, one for each side of the LP, which blend ambient music, minimalism, electronics, atmospherics, deep bass and ardent flute and saxophone solos. Unmistakably Ex-Wise Heads, "Celestial Disclosure" has a more intense, devotional and spiritual atmosphere than previous releases, and is certainly the most exploratory material they have released to date.

The records come with stylish paper sleeves and have a handstamped, numbered and 'c' lacquered card.

Available to pre-order now from the ToneFloat online store.


Tour Merchandise available at PT store

For those unable to make it to one of the current PT tour dates, a selection of the tour merchandise is now available from the PT on-line Store, including several different t-shirts, and the latest hoodies.


PT win best album at CR awards

Porcupine Tree were awarded the prestigious best album of the year award (as voted by the readers) for Fear of a Blank Planet at the Classic Rock awards ceremony, held at the Landmark Hotel in London. Also amongst the 300 attendees of the ceremony were Jimmy Page (receiving a lifetime achievement award), Tony Iommi, Jeff Beck, Ronnie James Dio, Alice Cooper, Nick Mason, Ian Paice, Lemmy, Bruce Dickinson, Steven Tyler, and some bloke from Guns n' Roses that Richard and Steven (who accepted the award) has never heard of, though apparently he's quite famous if you like that kind of thing...

Many thanks to all those who voted for PT on the Classic Rock website!


Oxford sold out

The show at the Carling Academy, Oxford on the 8th November is now sold out.


London and Tampere sold out

The forthcoming shows at the London Forum and Tampere Pakkahuone are now sold out.


Voodoo set live streaming

PT's set from the Voodoo Music Experience this weekend, will be streamed live for free at http://www.iclips.net, Friday, 26th October, 6:55pm Eastern.


Blackfield DVD micro-site


Sweden show added

A show at Annexet, Stockholm in Sweden on 24th November has been added to the European tour. Opening band will be Anathema (as with all European shows). Tickets will be on sale from 8th October from Globenarenorna (phone + 46 771310000 / www.globearenas.se) and through all Ticnet and ATG outlets throughout Sweden.


Ex-Wise Heads "Liquid Assets"

"Liquid Assets”, the fourth CD from Ex-Wise Heads is now available to purchase from PT on-line Store. A subtle blend of both timeless and contemporary sounds, “Liquid Assets” is a focussed development of the Ex-Wise Heads methodology, which intelligently blends ambient, textural atmospheres with elemental rhythmic structures, striking solo perfomances, and refreshing and unusual instrumental combinations underpinned by deep basslines.

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.


Orlando instore performance

Porcupine Tree will be performing instore and signing CDs at Park Ave. CDs in Orlando, FL on 4th October - performance time is 6pm.

Check out www.parkavecds.com for more information.


Helsinki venue change

Due to the original Porcupine Tree show at the House of Culture in Helsinki selling out in only 3 days, the concert has now been moved to the 3,500 capacity Ice Hall, on the same date of 15th December. All originally purchased tickets are still valid for the new venue, but the extra tickets are now available from www.lippupalvelu.fi.


"Nil Recurring" recurring....

OK! It seems so many people want to get the Transmission digipack version of the Nil Recurring mini album, that we are repressing it, and it's available to pre-order now from our PT on-line Store. The idea was never to make this music available only to a select few people, we just underestimated how many people would want it. Anyway, it's now once again available, and will also be available on the forthcoming tour. There will be permanent retail version of the mini album released early in 2008, plus we are also going to have it at the download store soon. In addition the band's Japanese label WHD are issuing the mini album in late October, with the single edit of Fear of a Blank Planet included as a bonus track.

Please note that the material on the album is definitely NOT comprised of "rejects" from the Fear of a Blank Planet album, in fact we consider it every bit as good, they just didn't fit into what was a very concept driven record. Nil Recurring is a completely self-contained and carefully executed work so you can consider this the second (albeit slightly short) Porcupine Tree album release of the year!


FOABP nominated in Classic Rock magazine awards

Just a reminder that you can still vote for PT's "Fear of a Blank Planet" as Best Album in the annual Classic Rock magazine awards. Vote here: www.classicrockmagazine.com. Or you can text ‘CRALBUM 3’ to 87103.


Blackfield DVD pre-ordering

You can now order the Blackfield DVD from the Burning Shed online store.

Filmed at the Bowery Ballroom in a snowbound New York earlier this year, this is Blackfield's first DVD and includes the full performance of 18 songs. The audio was recorded and mixed by SW into stereo and 5.1 surround sound, and the film was edited by Lasse Hoile. Also includes the promo videos for the three singles from the debut album.

Preorder now - released 15th October.


Nil Recurring update

The 3,000 copies of Nil Recurring that were for sale from the PT store are now sold out. The remaining 2,000 copies of the digipack edition will be available on the band's forthcoming tour. There is no intention to limit the availability of this new PT music, so a standard crystal case edition will follow in early 2008.

The PT store stock of the special limited edition version of the 2LP Fear of a Blank Planet is also sold out, but note that you can also purchase this directly from ToneFloat.


Finland shows announced

After much demand 2 shows in Finland have been added to PT's European tour:

15th December - Helsinki, House of Culture

16th December - Tampere, Pakkahuone

Tickets are available from www.lippupalvelu.fi and www.tiketti.fi.


More UK shows announced

Tickets for these shows will be on sale from Monday, 10th September:

7th Dec - Norwich UEA (www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk / 01603 508050)

8th Dec - Manchester Academy

9th Dec - Leeds Metropolitan University

10th Dec - Nottingham Rock City

12th Dec - Glasgow Barrowlands (www.ticketweb.co.uk)


Nil Recurring & FOABP DVDA / 2LP pre-order!

There are 4 new PT items available to pre-order now from the Porcupine Tree online store, including the brand new "Nil Recurring" mini album, which for the time being is exclusive to the store.

PORCUPINE TREE – Nil Recurring (CD mini album)

Only a few months after the release of the acclaimed Fear of a Blank Planet album comes this mini album (29 minutes of music) containing 4 lengthy tracks written during the same sessions, completed over the Summer, and now presented as a cohesive self contained PT work in their own right. The title track is an instrumental featuring Robert Fripp on lead guitar, and the whole EP moves through the full PT spectrum of atmospheric ambience, melodic hooks, and crushing riffs. This first edition of the mini album is on the band’s Transmission label and comes in an exclusive fold out digipack, limited to 5,000 copies.

Pre-order this item now – scheduled shipping week commencing 17th September.

PORCUPINE TREE – Fear of a Blank Planet DVDA

A special limited edition audiophile 5.1 surround sound version of PT’s acclaimed 2007 album, released on the band’s own Transmission imprint. Features the 5.1 mix of the album in advanced resolution/MLP lossless 5.1 surround, DTS 5.1 digital surround sound, and 24 bit stereo, as well as all 4 tracks from the Nil Recurring mini album in surround sound. The disc also includes three video works directed by Lasse Hoile: a special Blank Planet Introduction short film, the uncensored version of the Fear of a Blank Planet promo video, and the full length 17 minute film for Anesthetize as seen during the band’s live shows.

Pre-order this item now – scheduled shipping week commencing 1st October.

PORCUPINE TREE – Fear of a Blank Planet (2LP vinyl)

Finally for all vinyl fanatics comes the double LP edition of Fear of a Blank Planet, issued by vinyl specialists ToneFloat. The double vinyl edition also includes all 4 tracks from the the Nil Recurring mini album. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, packed in a state of the art heavy gatefold picture sleeve with innerbags, designed by Carl Glover using Lasse Holie's stunning FOABP images.

Pre-order this item now – scheduled shipping week commencing 1st October.

PORCUPINE TREE – Fear of a Blank Planet (2LP vinyl - Special Edition)

A special limited edition of only 1,000 copies worldwide pressed on blue/black marbled 180 gram double vinyl, housed in a numbered picture slipcase, and with the addition of a glossy full-colour 16-page 12x12inch picture booklet. The limited edition is only available directly from ToneFloat and Porcupine Tree (one copy only per customer).

Pre-order this item now – scheduled shipping week commencing 1st October.


Gavin Harrison / O5Ric CD pre-order

A chance meeting between drummer Gavin Harrison and singer/multi instrumentalist 05Ric has yielded the most interesting musical collaboration in years. 05Ric has a fresh exciting style of singing and playing and the unique style of compositions with Gavin take this kind of music to a whole new level.

Gavin shows a new side to his rhythmic expression. Together they seamlessly navigate an emotional path through the songs with complex harmonies and rhythms.

Preorder now from the PT Online Store - shipping first week of October.


Fear of a Blank Planet Merchandise

Now in stock at the Porcupine Tree online store is a special run of the FOABP tour hoodies and t-shirts, which has previously sold out during the tour. Head over there now and be sure to get one fast!



Three French shows are now confirmed as part of Porcupine Tree's forthcoming European tour, including a show at the prestigious Olympia Theatre in Paris. Opening band will be Anathema.

19th Nov - Bikini, Toulouse (billetterie.bleucitron.net)

2nd Dec - La Cooperative de Mai, Clermont Ferrand (digitick.com)

3rd Dec - Olympia, Paris (French / English)

Tickets web sites will be open for fan club pre-sales Tuesday 4th Sept at 4.00 PM French time and on Friday 7th September at 4.00PM French time for all other sales.


North American Tour Dates FINAL!

Final dates for the second leg of Porcupine Tree's North American Tour of a Blank Planet have been announced, covering mostly cities the band missed on the first leg earlier this year::

Thu 18 Oct - ALBANY, THE EGG
Mon 29 Oct - ATLANTA, GA, ROXY


European tour (UPDATED)

12th Nov - Volkshaus, Zurich, SWITZERLAND www.starticket.ch

13th Nov - Longhorn, Stuttgart, GERMANY www.kartenhaus.de

14th Nov - Elserhalle, Munich, GERMANY www.kartenhaus.de

15th Nov - Arena, Vienna, AUSTRIA www.musicticket.at

17th Nov - Tendastrisce, Rome , ITALY www.ticketone.it

18th Nov - Alcatraz, Milan, ITALY www.ticketone.it

21st Nov - Garage, Saarbrücken, GERMANY www.kartenhaus.de

22nd Nov - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, BELGIUM www.abconcerts.be

25th Nov - Sentrum Scene, Oslo, NORWAY http://www.billettservice.no

26th Nov - Vega, Copenhagen, DENMARK www.billetlugen.dk

28th Nov - Area, Poznan, POLAND (tickets on sale 3rd Sept from www.rockserwis.pl

29th Nov - Docks, Hamburg, GERMANY www.kartenhaus.de

30th Nov - Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, GERMANY www.kartenhaus.de

4th Dec - Palladium, Cologne, GERMANY www.kartenhaus.de

5th Dec - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS www.ticketservice.nl

Opening band at all shows will be Anathema.


Continuum II available

The second limited edition collaboration album between Steven Wilson and Dirk Serries (Fear Falls Burning / VidnaObmana) working under the name of Continuum, is now available from Headphone Dust Mail Order.

Continuum II is the second release in a series of limited edition albums being issued by Soleilmoon Recordings. Each CD is presented in a beautiful oversized digipack with breathtaking design and artwork by Lasse Hoile.

"Continuum 1", the first release, captured both artists' love of desolate, minimal music, and featured three 20 minute pieces of richly melancholic textural music. It sold out within a few weeks of its release, and was subsequently pirated in the Czech Republic. Fast-forward two years, and Serries and Wilson are back with Continuum 2. The new album again has three long pieces, but breaks from its predecessor by enriching its electronic soundscapes with a variety of crushing electric guitars. The album defies easy categorization as it willfully and relentlessly crosses boundaries and genres, breaking every rule it meets and tearing down fences and expections along the way. Is it ambient? Is it metal? It is neither, and yet, it is both. But it's so much more. Think of a Sci-Fi horror film shot on the surface of an abandoned, ghost-ridden planet, or the soundtrack to a slow motion apocalypse in which all life is extinguished beneath rock, dust and convulsing earth.

Continuum II is a limited edition of 2,000 copies in a tall DVD style digipack with a set of postcards.


Carbon Nation 7 available

Issue Seven of Simon Clarke's excellent Porcupine Tree zine Carbon Nation is now availble:

Contents include:

- Blackfield in NYC gig review

- Fear of a Blank Planet Abbey Road studio listening party review

- Interview with PT support act Pure Reason Revolution

- Exclusive pictures from the BBC Maida Vale studio radio session

- Interview with Steven Wilson

- Reviews of Wolverhampton and US gigs from the FoaBP tour

- Review of PT at Download Festival

- Interview with John Wesley

- Interview with sleeve designer Carl Glover

Copies available from http://www.carbon-nation.co.uk.


Nil Recurring mini album Preview

There is now a 5 minute preview of music from the forthcoming Porcupine Tree mini album "Nil Recurring" available to download or listen to on the band's MySpace page. The 30 minute CD will be issued on the band's own Transmission label in a fold old digipack, and will be available to pre-order from the Porcupine Tree store soon.


More US presale tickets released

Due to the success of the band's presale ticket program for the upcoming US dates, the band has been able to obtain more tickets for select shows. These tickets in most cases have lower service charges than Ticketmaster, and will be available until this Tuesday from http://tixx1.artistarena.com/porcupinetree/ target=_blank>Artist Arena:

10/3 Orlando, FL

10/10 Ashville, NC

10/11 Raleigh, NC

10/12 Falls Church, VA

10/15 Sainte-Foy, QC

10/18 Albany, NY

10/19 Hartford, CT

10/27 Houston, TX

10/29 Atlanta, GA

To get these tickets please log on to http://tixx1.artistarena.com/porcupinetree/ target=_blank>Artist Arena using Username: porcupinetree and Password: tickets. Once again we must stress that these tickets are only available until this coming Tuesday.


German Shows Announced

Porcupine Tree have announced the German dates for their Autumn tour:

13th November: Stuttgart - Longhorn

14th November: Munich - Elserhalle

21st November: Saarbrücken - Garage

29th November: Hamburg - Docks

30th November: Bielefeld - Ringlokschuppen

4th December: Cologne - Palladium

The ticket hotline is 01805 9690000 (0,14 EUR/Minute) / www.kartenhaus.de.


Nil Recurring EP / FOABP DVDA

Porcupine Tree release a new mini album in September called "Nil Recurring". It will feature 4 tracks (just under 30 minutes of music) that were written during the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions, including the title track featuring Robert Fripp on guitar, and "Cheating the Polygraph", which was premiered on the 2006 tour, but subsequently left off the Fear of a Blank Planet album.

Full track listing is:

1. Nil Recurring (6.08)

2. Normal (7.07)

3. Cheating the Polygraph (7.06)

4. What Happens Now? (8.23)

Surround sound mixes of the new tracks will be included on the definitive Fear of a Blank Planet 5.1 DVDA edition. This DVDA will also include a special Fear of a Blank Planet introduction short film made by Lasse Hoile, and the video for the title track.

Both the Nil Recurring and Fear of a Blank Planet DVDA will be officially released on 1st October, but the PT Store will be taking pre-orders soon.


PT tour merchandise available

Many items of Porcupine Tree merchandise are now available to buy from the PT Store. This includes new t-shirts, hats, and other items.


Fear of a Blank Planet vinyl edition

The vinyl edition of Fear of a Blank Planet is in preparation, to be issued by Dutch vinyl specialists label ToneFloat as a 180 gram double vinyl edition. It will also include the tracks from the forthcoming Nil Recurring mini album, and come in a state of the art heavy gatefold picture sleeve with innerbags. In addition a special limited edition of only 1,000 copies will be pressed on blue/black marbled 180 gram double vinyl, housed in a numbered picture slipcase, containing a glossy full-colour 16-page 12x12inch booklet. The limited edition will only be available directly through ToneFloat, the Porcupine Tree store, and at the band's shows in America and Europe throughout Oct-Dec (so you can save on shipping of this heavy item by picking one up at a show). Both editions will be released on 3rd October to coincide with PT's autumn tour, and is available to pre-order now from ToneFloat. Copies will also be available to pre-order from the PT Store soon.


More US ticket information

Tickets go on sale for the following shows this Friday, 3rd August: New York City, Orlando, Raleigh, Hartford, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Atlanta.

Members of Residents of a Blank Planet can buy pre-sale tickets for these shows from 3pm local time on Wednesday, 1st August (2pm local time for New York City).


Richard Barbieri news

Richard Barbieri's "Things Buried" solo album gets it "official" release by Snapper Records on 20th August, and should be available in most stores worldwide.
Until now the album has only been available online and at shows. Please note apart from a super jewel packaging there is no difference to the original digipack artwork or audio.

A Barbieri double cd Anthology is tentatively planned for release in 2008 by Snapper.

For keyboard players / programmers; around 30 sounds programmed by Richard come as standard with the new Roland V Synth GT released next month, plus in the Autumn Propellerhead's Reason 4 music software there is a Barbieri folder containing new sounds for the "Thor" synthesizer.


First US tickets on Pre-Sale

Pre-sale tickets for the shows in Washington DC, Albany, Dallas, and Houston will go on sale tomorrow (26th July) at 3pm local time for Residents of a Blank Planet members. Tickets will go on general sale through Ticketmaster from Saturday.

The European tour and remaining US dates will be announced soon!


Residents of a Blank Planet

PT will be launching its fan community "Residents of a Blank Planet" tomorrow, which incorporates a presale/VIP ticket program, starting with tickets for the forthcoming US tour. Please click here for further details on how you can join the community, get tickets with lower service charges (and before the general public), as well as other PT exclusives.


PT in Mexico

Porcupine Tree have confirmed their first ever show in Mexico. They appear at the Teatro Metropolitan in Mexico City on 6th October as part of the second leg of their Fear of a Blank Planet tour. Tickets will be on sale from 16th July, from the venue and ticketmaster.com.mx.


Autumn UK shows announced

8th November : Oxford, Carling Academy (0870 771 2000) www.tctmusic.co.uk

9th November : London, Forum Kentish Town (0870 060 3777) www.seetickets.com / www.meanfiddler.com


PT at Voodoo

Porcupine Tree have confirmed their appearance at the Voodoo Music Experience event in New Orleans, 26-28 October. Also appearing are Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Ben Harper, Sinead O'Connor, Kings of Leon, Black Crowes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and many others. Check out the Voodoo website for details of the full line-up.


European tour sell-outs

Please note that the Porcupine Tree shows in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen are now sold out. Many other shows on the tour are also close to selling out, so please ensure you have a ticket before traveling to the venue.


Gavin / 05Ric collaboration

For a preview of Gavin's new project with 05Ric head over to their MySpace page. You can hear an entire pre-mixed track "Unsettled". The project will also include contributions from Robert Fripp and Dave Stewart. The album is due to be released later this summer.


Continuum II available to pre-order

Available to pre-order now from Headphone Dust Mail Order.

Continuum represents a multi-layered synonym for the collective ambition and vision of Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning) and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield), motivated by their immense passion for a wide-range of musical styles. Continuum II is the second release in a series of limited edition albums being issued by Soleilmoon Recordings. Each CD is presented in a beautiful oversized digipack with breathtaking design and artwork by Lasse Hoile.

"Continuum 1", the first release, captured both artists' love of desolate, minimal music, and featured three 20 minute pieces of richly melancholic textural music. It sold out within a few weeks of its release, and was subsequently pirated in the Czech Republic. Fast-forward two years, and Serries and Wilson are back with Continuum 2. The new album again has three long pieces, but breaks from its predecessor by enriching its electronic soundscapes with a variety of crushing electric guitars. The album defies easy categorization as it willfully and relentlessly crosses boundaries and genres, breaking every rule it meets and tearing down fences and expections along the way. Is it ambient? Is it metal? It is neither, and yet, it is both. But it's so much more. Think of a Sci-Fi horror film shot on the surface of an abandoned, ghost-ridden planet, or the soundtrack to a slow motion apocalypse in which all life is extinguished beneath rock, dust and convulsing earth.

Continuum II is released on 16th July (shipping date to be confirmed) in a limited edition of 2,000 copies in a tall DVD style digipack with a set of postcards.


PT signing at Download Festival

PORCUPINE TREE will be at the Kerrang! Signing Tent from 3:20-3.50pm this Friday, prior to their performance on the
Dimebag Darrell Stage at 5:15pm. If you are coming along to Download please drop by and say hi!


Gavin wins Modern Drummer poll

Porcupine Tree are happy to announce that Gavin Harrison has been voted best progressive drummer of the year in the much coveted reader's poll of Modern Drummer magazine. You can find full results of the poll in the current (July 2007) issue of the magazine.


Opening for PT

Confirmed as opening act for the European tour dates are Pure Reason Revolution. Currently opening for PT on their US tour dates are "3". To find out more about both of these excellent bands please visit their MySpace pages:

Pure Reason Revolution



US shows sold out

Please note that Porcupine Tree tickets for Boulder, Toronto, and the 17th May Chicago show are now sold out, and tickets are going fast for the other shows (the first two shows the band performed this week in Seattle and Portland were also sell outs). If you plan to come to any of the other dates on the tour please book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.


SW release news

The fourth and final installment in Belgian soundscaper vidnaObmana's ambitious "Opera For
Four Fusion Works" project has just been issued, and this time it's a collaboration with Steven Wilson. Each "act" of this project involves vidnaObmana reworking and recycling audio sources from different collaborators, and this one utilizes solo vocai performances provided by SW as it's source material, the voice progressively transformed from the familiar, into stranger and more "ambient" atmospheres. It's captivatingly beautiful.

Copies are available from Headphone Dust Mail Order at a nice price now. Also available now from the Headphone Dust Mail Order page is a very limited deluxe 2LP vinyl edition of one of SW's solo project releases IEM 1996-99.


US chart entry

Fear of a Blank Planet entered the US Billboard top 200 in it's first week of release at number 59. The first leg of the band's 2007 US tour starts this week, see the tour dates page for full details.


Richard and the Bays at Brighton

Richard will be performing with The Bays at the Brighton Dome on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May when they kick off this years Brighton Festival. They will perform an improvised set to accompany Tom Twyker's cult classic movie "Run Lola Run". Saturday is sold out but tickets are available for Sunday. See www.thebays.com for more details.


PT play at Download

Porcupine Tree are confirmed to play the Friday of the Download Festival in the UK, 8th June. Also appearing that day are Korn, My Chemical Romance, Enter Shikari, Velvet Revolver, Wolfmother, Megadeth, and many others - check the festival webiste for more details.


Chart Positions update

Fear of a Blank Planet is already Porcupine Tree's most successful album to date, with European first week sales and chart positions coming in much higher than anything ever acheived in the past. A big thank you from the band to all their fans for giving this new release so much support! The reviews have also been the best of the band's career.

United Kingdom : chart entry at #31

Germany : chart entry at #21

Italy : chart entry at #34

Netherlands : chart entry at #13

Norway : chart entry at #34

Finland : chart entry at #16

Poland : chart entry at #30



...to the new look website! Today sees the release of the new album Fear of a Blank Planet across most of Europe. In the meantime the band commence their tour this week with shows in the UK. Note that the London, Cambridge, Bristol and Glasgow shows are close to selling out, so if you were planning to come to one of these shows please make sure you have tickets before traveling. See you there!


PT BBC radio session

On 13th April Porcupine Tree recorded 5 tracks for the BBC at their Maida Vale Studios, including 3 tracks from the new album. These will be broadcast over the next week on the Radio One Rock Show (host Daniel P. Carter) and the Bruce Dickinson Rock Show on BBC 6 Music. Both broadcasts also include interviews.


Blank Planet video

This Monday sees the European release of the new Porcupine Tree album Fear of a Blank Planet. To be premiered on the same day on the band's MySpace page will be the uncensored director's cut of the controversial Lasse Hoile directed video for the title track.


Arriving Somewhere... Soundtrack available

As requested by many people, a download version of the soundtrack to Porcupine Tree's 'Arriving Somewhere...' DVD is now available from the PT Download Store. It includes the entire soundtrack of the main disc, spread across 2 discs, running over 100 minutes. The exceptional quality of the audio mix has been particularly acclaimed, so this is a chance to get the soundtrack as mixed by Steven Wilson and mastered by Darcy Proper in uncompressed 16 bit FLAC or LAME encoded MP3. Includes printable CD artwork.


Camden in-store appearance

This Monday 16th April (the day of release of the new PT album Fear of a Blank Planet) SW and John Wesley will be making an in-store appearance at Fopp Records in Camden, London to play a few songs unplugged, and to sign copies of the CD. The event will start at 6pm. More info can be found on the Fopp Records website.


French Shows confirmed

1st July, Lille, La Splendid

3rd July – Paris, La Cigale

www.francebillet.com or +33 (0) 892 692 192

www.ticketnet.com or +33 (0) 892 390 100


Solo Sampler available again

The budget priced Porcupine Tree solo projects sampler is now back in print and available to buy on line from the Burning Shed. The CD contains 77 minutes of music from nearly all of the band's various other solo and collaborative projects.

Also available to pre-order at the Burning Shed is the new 2 disc edition of No-Man's Together We're Stranger, which includes the original stereo mix on CD, a new booklet featuring sleeve notes from Mojo's Johnny Black, improved packaging and an audiophile 5.1 DVD-A surround sound disc, also including high resolution 24 bit stereo and bonus tracks. Orders from Burning Shed include an exclusive postcard. All for only £10.


PT European tour dates

These shows are so far confirmed for the Porcupine Tree European tour to promote Fear of a Blank Planet:

17th June - Switzerland, Interlaken - Greenfield Festival

22nd June - German, Cologne - E-Werk

23rd June - Germany, Neuhausen - Southside Festival

24th June - Germany, Scheebel - Hurricane Festival

26th June - Holland, Eindhoven - Effenaar

27th June - Belgium, Antwerp - Hof Ter Lo

28th June - Holland, Amsterdam - Melkweg

30th June - Germany, Offenbach - Capitol

5th July - Germany, Berlin - Columbia Club

6th July - Poland, Warsaw - Club Stodola

7th July - Poland, Krakow - Hala Wisla

8th July - Germany, Lepizig - Parkbehne

10th July - Denmark, Copenhagen - Pumpehuset

11th July - Norway, Oslo - Rockefeller

12th July - Sweden, Gothenburg - Tradgarn

14th July - Finland, Joensuu - Ilosaarirock Festival


Fear of a Blank Planet pre-ordering

Please note that Fear of a Blank Planet will *not* be available to order from the band directly, at least not until after the release date. What we need you to do this time is buy the album from regular retail outlets, and from within your own country (so if you're in Europe please order it from your local store, rather than from the US for example).

The album is being released in 2 different forms; the first is a regular crystal case edition with a 12 page booklet. The second is a deluxe 2 disc set, which contains the stereo CD, and a full 5.1 surround sound mix of the album on DVDV (which also includes 24 bit high resolution stereo). Both discs are housed inside miniature card LP sleeves, and come in a box with a 40 page book of Lasse Hoile images. Both Roadrunner in Europe, and Atlantic in the USA have pressed a limited number of these special editions. They differ slightly in that the US edition has 2 separate single card sleeves for the discs, while the Roadrunner edition has both discs housed in a single gatefold card sleeve.

The European edition is released on 16th April, the US edition on 24th April.


More US tour dates / pre-sale info

Four final dates have been added to the first US leg of the forthcoming Fear of a Blank Planet Tour, including a second show at Chicago Park West (the first show is now sold out):





Pre-sale tickets for all these shows go on sale on 21st March at 3pm local time - click here to purchase.

Opening act on the US/Canada leg will be US band 3 (THREE).


UK opening act Amplifier

British rock band Amplifier have been confirmed as opening act for Porcupine Tree's UK dates in April - check out more about this band on their MySpace page.


Deadwing special edition special price!

To commemorate the release of the new Porcupine Tree album Fear of a Blank Planet next month, the Porcupine Tree store has reduced the price on the special hardback book 2-disc edition of the band's last album "Deadwing" to only £12 for a limited time.


Yoko Ono / PT collaboration

The Porcupine Tree collaboration with Yoko Ono, a new version of her 1973 song "Death of Samantha", appears on her new album "Yes I'm a Witch" released on Astralwerks. Although credited to PT, Steven is actually the only member that appears on the track with Yoko - the piece was recorded as far back as 2001, and originally was issued on an EP in 2003. Other artists on the album include Flaming Lips, Antony and the Johnsons, Cat Power, Polyphonic Spree...etc.


Canadian shows Pre-Sale

The forthcoming Porcupine Tree Canadian shows will be available for Pre-Sale starting from Wednesday, 7th March.

26th May - MONTREAL, Spectrum de Montreal

27th May - QUEBEC, Salle Albert - Rousseau

28th May - TORONTO, Danforth Music Hall


More US Ticket Pre-Sale information

The following Porcupine Tree US shows will be available for Pre-Sale starting at 3pm local time on Tuesday, 6th March.

8th May - Seattle

9th May - Portland

11th May - San Francisco

18th May - Cleveland

19th May - New York City

23td May - Philadelphia

Ticket page is here.


Ex-Wise Heads download release

Ex-Wise Heads, (Colin Edwin's collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Geoff Leigh) have made available a download only EP of new, exploratory material recorded during the sessions for the last album "Holding Up The Sky". Entitled "Grounded" the EP consists of five atmospheric and soulful tracks with a total running time of just under 25 minutes. It's available to download now from the Burning Shed download store.


Classic Rock UK album review

The first published review of Fear of a Blank Planet has appeared in the UK magazine Classic Rock.


German / Swiss festival appearances

Porcupine Tree have been confirmed for the following festival appearances in June:

17th June - Greenfield Festival, Interlaken, Switzerland

(PT to appear on main stage @ 4pm for a 45 minute performance). Bill also includes Smashing Pumpkins, Incubus, Bullet for my Valentine, Editors, The Bravery.

23rd June - Southside Festival, Neuhausen, Germany

(PT to appear for a 60 minute main stage performance at approximately 4.30pm). Bill also includes Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, Kings of Leon.

24th June, Hurricane Festival, Scheesel, Germany

(PT to appear for a 60 minute main stage performance at approximately 4.30pm).Bill also includes Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, Kings of Leon.


US ticket pre-sell

There will be a special Pre Sale, starting 1st March at 4pm local time, for the 12th May LA Show and the 25th May Boston show.

As a special bonus, we are offering the opportunity to Pre Order our official fan community. If you Pre Order the fan community with a presale ticket you will receive a limited edition t shirt and a special edition signed poster!

To get Pre Sale tickets and to Pre Order the fan community go here.

Pre Sales for the following shows will start 2nd March at Noon Local Time:

May 13th Anaheim

May 15th Boulder

May 17th Chicago

More presale dates and times will be announced on Friday.


PT US tour

Porcupine Tree are happy to announce the US/Canada leg of the Fear of a Blank Planet tour (the first of two PT North American tours this year):












Fri 25 May - BOSTON, MA - ROXY




Ticket / box office information to follow.

Opening act on the US/Canada leg will be US band 3 (THREE).


Blank Planet preview

There is now a 6 minute preview of music from the new Porcupine Tree album "Fear of a Blank Planet" available on the band's MySpace page. Enjoy!


Blackfield US edition pre-order

US pre-orders come with the booklet signed by Steven and Aviv.


Gavin Harrison in Germany

Gavin will be making three performances at Frankfurt Musikmesse Show, on the Agora Stage:

30.03.2007 - 10:30 - 11:00

30.03.2007 - 14:30 - 15:00

31.03.2007 - 15:30 - 16:00


Fear of a Blank Planet

Following two album playback events in New York and at Abbey Road in London, the cover design and track listing of the new Porcupine Tree album "Fear of a Blank Planet" have been revealed:

1. Fear of a Blank Planet (7.28)

2. My Ashes (5.07)

3. Anesthetize (17.42)

4. Sentimental (5.26)

5. Way Out of Here (7.37)

6. Sleep Together (7.28)

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 disc will be packaged together as standard.


First ever PT show in Finland

PT are confirmed to appear at the Ilosaarirock Festival in Finland on the 14th July. HIM are headlining the festival, and Opeth are also scheduled to appear. This will be the band's first ever appearance in Finland.


Blackfield II & tour dates

Blackfield (the collaboration between Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen) have announced several tour dates in Europe and the US to promote their new album "Blackfield (II)", which is issued next month in Europe (on Snapper Music) and in early March in the US (Atlantic Records).

Special guests at the European shows will be acclaimed UK art-rock band Pure Reason Revolution, and special guest at the east coast shows in the USA will be Jordan Rudess performing a solo set.

9th February : Israel, Jerusalem, The Lab

16th February : UK, London, Mean Fiddler (0870 060 3777)

17th February : Holland, Helmond, Plato

18th February : Belgium, Vosselaar, Biebob

20th February : Germany, Hamburg, Knust

21st February : Germany, Berlin, Kato

22nd February : Poland, Warsaw, Proxima Club

24th February : Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7

25th February : Italy, Milan, Alcatraz

26th February : Germany, Bochum, Matrix

27th February : France, Paris, Café de la Danse (+33 (0) 892 390 100)

28th February : Holland, Zoetermeyer, Boerderij

3rd March : Greece, Athens, Fuzz Club (Tickethouse 210 3626540)

4th March : Greece, Salonica, Mylos Club (Tickethouse 210 3626540)

10 Mar 2007 - USA, LA, Knitting Factory
11 Mar 2007 - USA, San Francisco, Great American Music Hall
13 Mar 2007 - USA, Philadelphia, World Cafe Live
15 Mar 2007 - USA, ANNAPOLIS, Ramshead
16 Mar 2007 - USA, New York, Bowery Ballroom
17 Mar 2007 - USA, Hoboken, Maxwell's
18 Mar 2007 - USA, Boston, Berklee Recital Hall


Blackfield II available for pre-order

It's now possible to pre-order the second Blackfield album, another collection of 10 perfectly crafted songs of beauty and melancholia that expands on the orchestrated rock of their eponymous release, combining great hooks, sweeping strings, explosive guitars, and lush vocal harmonies (you can hear previews from the album on Blackfield's MySpace page). Please note that this is the European digipack (the US edition, with the same content, will follow in March) and is released on 12th Feb, but the CD will be shipped to arrive with you on - or just before - the release date. You can order it either from SW's own Headphone Dust Mail Order, or from Burning Shed (orders from Headphone Dust will receive a nice littie extra, a Lasse Hoile illustrated postcard of the lyrics to album track "My Gift of Silence" - THESE ARE NOW ALL GONE SORRY!). Of course Blackfield II should be widely available, but buying direct from one of these sites does help support the artists.


Join the PT Street Team!

If you would like to join the Roadrunner street team to help with the promotion of PT's forthcoming Fear of a Blank Planet album in Europe, please follow this link - http://www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk/strteam. Even if you have previously joined former PT street teams please take the time to sign up on the Roadrunner site.


Fear of a Blank Planet

Roadrunner Records and Atlantic USA have officially announced the release of the new Porcupine Tree album "Fear of a Blank Planet" in mid April. The album features six (mostly lengthy) tracks, and is the band’s most ambitious and cohesive work to date. Much of it was debuted last year on tour to a rapturous response from fans.

The lyrical content of the song-cycle on the album is a 21st century cocktail of MTV, sex, prescription drugs, video games, the internet, terminal boredom, and subsequent escape.

More news and previews of the album to follow on this site.


Gavin Harrison drum clinics in Italy

Gavin will be making 12 drum clinics in Italy, starting at the end of this month. Details about the venues/contacts are available now on the Gavin Harrison website.

27/1/07 - Capomulini--Acireale (Sicily)

28/1/07 - Rieti

29/1/07 - Rome

31/1/07 - Empoli

1/2/07 - Carpi --Modena

3/2/07 - Vigliano Biellese

4/2/07 - Tradate--Varese

6/2/07 - Milan

7/2/07 - Mirano--Venezia

9/2/07 - Dragoni--Caserta

10/2/07 - Treviglio--Bergamo

11/2/07 - Cagliari (Sardinia)


New Lasse Hoile website

Lasse Hoile’s redesigned website has now officially launched. The site features a wide variety of Lasse’s work, including PT artwork and photographs. Check it out at www.lassehoile.com.


First 2007 tour dates announced!

The first Porcupine Tree 2007 tour dates to coincide with the release of the band's new album in April 2007 (through Roadrunner in Europe and Atlantic in the US) have been announced. The tour will commence with the longest string of UK dates the band have undertaken for several years:

18th April : GLASGOW, ABC

19th April : NEWCASTLE, Academy

20th April : PRESTON, 53 Degrees

22nd April : NOTTINGHAM, Rock City

23rd April : WOLVERHAMPTON, Wulfren

24th April : BRISTOL, Academy

25th April : CAMBRIDGE, Junction

26th April : LONDON, Forum

Details of booking websites and telephone hotlines can be found on the tour dates page, but please note that in most cases tickets for these shows will not be on sale until late December. As many of the band's recent shows have been selling out, booking tickets in advance is definitely advisable (especially for London).

Many more tour dates announcements to follow, watch this space.


Carbon Nation 6 available

Issue 6 of Porcupine Tree fanzine Carbon Nation is now available. This issue
contains: Analysis of the 6 new tracks played on the last tour, interview with PT guitar tech Hans Nagtegaal, interview with Richard Barbieri, reviews and photos of the Arrow Rock festival show and European and US shows from the recent tour, review and photos of No-man’s first live performance in over 10 years, interview with PT manager Andy Leff, time machine: reviews and photos of the Signify tour 10 years on.

Copies can be obtained from the Carbon Nation website.


PT tour merchandise now available

Available now at the Porcupine Tree store is a specially manufactured small run of the merchandise sold on the recent tour. These include the new "insects" t-shirt design, and the Stupid Dream long sleeve shirt.

UPDATE : Above merchandise all sold out now, sorry!

Also available at the Porcupine Tree store is the next part in the ongoing program of vinyl reissues of early PT albums. "On the Sunday of Life.." is a deluxe 2LP set in a gatefold sleeve.

Finally, several Medium label titles featuring Richard Babieri are back in stock at lower prices.


Solo Project Activity

The CD/DVDA version of Steven Wilson project Bass Communion's "Loss" is now available from Headphone Dust Mail Order. The 2 disc set contains the 40 minute piece in both stereo and 5.1 mixes, and is packaged in a beautiful thick card gatefold sleeve, with an additional 8 page booklet containing the images from the original vinyl release.

Also available is a reissue of Bass Communion's collaborations with the late Bryn Jones of Muslimgauze. The Bass Communion versus Muslimgauze sessions were originally issued as a full length album and a CD EP, shortly after Bryn's untimely death in 1998, but have long been out of print. This new reissue on Soleilmoon includes all the music from both releases, on a single disc housed in a 6-panel digipack with revised SW sleeve notes.

Colin Edwin's project Ex-Wise Heads now have a MySpace page. Since it's formation, the band has released three studio albums, and gigged around the UK at various venues and festivals. Ex-Wise Heads continues for the moment as a studio project, with Edwin and Geoff Leigh (previously of the legendary Henry Cow) joined by various guest musicians. Their latest release "Holding up the Sky" is a blend of earlier ethnic and roots influenced music, mixed with ambient and electronic textures, but keeping the primal, direct and earthy feel of the previous albums. Check out samples from the album on the MySpace page.

Following his Montreal Drum Festival appearance on the 11th of November, Gavin will be making a drum clinic at Soul Drums of Toronto on November 13th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts 5040 Yonge St. More info at www.souldrums.com.


Reduced items at the PT store

As the band have now entered the studio to work on the recording of their new album (due in the Spring), to commemorate the closing of the Deadwing album cycle, the Porcupine Tree store has reduced the price on the special hardback book edition of the album. In addition it's also now possible to buy a set of all 4 of the Deadwing tour lithographs (the Signify and Deadwing albuim covers, and 2 shots of the band) for a special package price. Head on over and check it out.

Due sometiime soon in the download store will be something that has been requested by many, which is the Arriving Somewhere... DVD soundtrack in high quality FLAC and mp3 versions. More news on that soon.


Back home again....

Porcupine Tree would like to thank all those that came to the shows on our September - October tour. We met many long-term fans once again, but also a large number of people seeing the band for the very first time. In fact it proved to be the most successful tour of the band's career, with most shows - including the entire US leg - sold out. We were particularly happy with the reaction to the new material. This was a bit of a experiment for us, and we had certaiinly not expected such a large chunk of unfamiliar material to be so well received, which bodes very well for the next album.

Also unexpected was the demand for the merchandise - despite re-ordering several times throught the tour, we still had a few nights when we were out of stock of some items completely, so sorry about that. For those that missed out on the new t-shirts there is going to be a small run specifically made to sell through the PT store, so keep an eye out for those.

Now it's time for the band to enter the studio to start recording the now road-tested new material (as well as some other pieces we didn't play this time). There should be regular updates as things progress. See you in the Spring!


Boston in-store

Porcupine Tree will be making an in-store appearance prior to their show in Boston on 5th October. More info


Deadwing movie site

Many people will know that Porcupine Tree's Deadwing album was based on a movie screenplay written by Steven Wilson and his film-maker friend Mike Bennnion. There is now an official Deadwing movie MySpace page. It features the first 15 pages of the script, a trailer, and other visual resources. Please check it out and leave your comments. Help us to get this movie into production!


New Ex-Wise Heads CD

Colin Edwin has reactivated his Ex-Wise Heads project with Ex-Henry Cow flute/sax player Geoff Leigh. The new album "Holding Up the Sky", sees the duo augmenting the naturalistic and uninhibitied sound of Ex-Wise Heads with electronic elements and guest musicians Ian Dixon (Ape, Ute, Irmin Schmidt) on trumpet, and sometime No-Man/Porcupine Tree percussionist Rick Edwards on congas and various percussion.

The album features an hour of new material, with ten strong, atmospheric tracks, and is easily the most ambitious and approachable Ex-Wise Heads release to date.

Available from the Porcupine Tree store.


Final allocation of LA VIP tickets

An additional 25 VIP tickets for Porcupine Tree's LA House of Blues show on the 11th October are being made available on Monday 18th from artistarena. These tickets get the purchaser admission to the show, a signed DVD (although all numbered editions are sold out now, so it will be a regular 2 disc version), and a voucher for the movie theatre premiere of the concert fillm the following night. These tickets will be on sale from noon on Monday, LA time.


Recording PT shows - the lowdown!

Porcupine Tree will embark on their only 2006 tour later this week. The format of the show this time around will be a little different, with half the show dedicated to material from the new live DVD "Arriving Somewhere....", but the other half being brand new, as yet unrecorded material, something that will allow these works in progress to evolve as the tour goes on.

In view of the fact that we live in the age of file sharing and download culture, we are asking for consideration from all show attendees in *not* attempting to record the show in any way. While the band try to discourage taping of its shows, we do acknowledge that there are those fans who like to document and share PT live performances, and as such we have a fairly liberal policy with trading of recordings among the PT fan community, as long as no money is exchanged between parties. But in this case we hope that fans will understand our feeling that people should experience this new music for the first time in performance, and not in the form of unauthorised audience recordings. It's one thing to hear a substandard live recording of a piece already familiar, but quite another to hear something new for the first time in such poor circumstances, so if you are unable to get along to a show this time, please be patient and wait for the album versions!

Now the ugly part...as there are bound to be some fans who even after reading this will feel compelled to record the show, we regret that there will be a greater effort made to stop illegal recording on this tour, and a zero tolerance policy as regards anyone found doing so. If anyone is discovered recording a show their recording media will be confiscated, and they will be escorted from the venue, missing the rest of the show with no refund forthcoming. We therefore ask anyone that had planned to tape these shows to reconsider in deference to the band's feelings on this matter, and your own enjoyment of the show.

We really do appreciate your understanding and cooperation on this. This is quite an exciting experiment for us and we look forward to seeing you on the tour!



DVD update

The special 2,000 copy numbered edition of "Arriving Somewhere..." has now sold out on pre-orders, but the Porcupine Tree store is accepting pre-orders for the regular 2 disc edition. This version does not include the set of postcards, and is not numbered, but otherwise the content and packaging is the same.


PT DVD available for pre-order

Finally a live performance DVD by Porcupine Tree!

"Arriving Somewhere..." comes as a 2-disc set, with the first 2,000 mail order copies being numbered and with a set of 6 colour postcards (VIP ticket holders on the US tour will also receive this edition). Disc one is a full show from the Deadwing tour filmed at Park West, Chicago in Oct 2005, edited by Lasse Hoile, with the soundtrack mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound by SW, and mastered by Darcy Proper (who mastered the award winning PT DVDAs). Disc two includes bonus live performances of Futile and Radioactive Toy from German TV show Rockpalast, the Lazarus promo clip, the live films used during the show for Start of Something Beautiful, Halo, and Mother and Child Divided, Gavin Harrison's "Cymbal Song" (also in 5.1 sound), and a photo gallery with well over 100 images.

To be sure of getting one of the numbered editions please pre-order now from the Porcupine Tree store.

Please note that the numbered copies will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and in sequence - so the sooner you pre-order the lower the number you will receive.


Gavin in Montreal

Gavin is now confirmed for the Montreal Drum Festival on the 11th November. He will play the closing spot on Saturday night. Listen out for a couple of PT tunes.



Delerium Press Release re Moonloop

Delerium Music : "We have decided to reissue Moonloop on CD. We are concerned that the original CD might be bootlegged and this concern has been re-enforced by the availability on the internet of a large number of professionally produced Russian counterfeits of virtually all Delerium releases. Furthermore a number of individuals have been selling CDR copies of Moonloop on ebay. We are also aware of complaints from fans who did not want a vinyl release and have therefore decided to give fans the option of a CD edition at a reasonable price. The original CD will of course remain collectable (there will be slight variations in the artwork) as will the LP which apart from a handful of copies is now virtually sold out on both black and white vinyl. Both the new CD and the remaining vinyl is available exclusively from The Freak Emporium Please note all CD's on the Soyuz label from Russia are legitimate licensed product."


Japanese shows

Three Porcupine Tree shows are confirmed for Japan in November, all with ProjeKct 6 (Robert Fripp + Adrian Belew) as opening act:

27th - Diamond Hall, Nagoya
28th - Zepp, Osaka
29th - Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo


PT sign to Roadrunner

Roadrunner Records issued the following press release today:


Roadrunner Records is delighted to welcome epic rockers PORCUPINE TREE to our family.

Porcupine Tree is unquestionably one of the most difficult-to-categorise and innovative bands out there. The music is breathtaking, ranging from psychedelic trip-hop to progressive metal, and a compendium of other sounds in between.

Evolving from one man’s self-indulgent creative outlet back in 1992, Porcupine Tree has grown into a well respected major-label-signed four-piece who have released several albums. Their most recent, 2005’s ‘Deadwing’, served to further skyrocket the band's renown and they are currently hard at work on a brand new record - set for release on Roadrunner (excluding North America and Japan) in early 2007.

“Porcupine Tree are extremely happy about our new partnership with Roadrunner Records for our forthcoming album,” comments Steven Wilson. “Roadrunner has established itself as one of the world’s premier independent labels for rock music, and we couldn't be more enthusiastic about working with them to expand our audience and elevate Porcupine Tree to the next level.”

Porcupine Tree's next album will be issued by Atlantic Records in North America, and WHD in Japan.


Washington DC Show

Porcupine Tree announce their fourth (and final on this tour) East Coast gig on their upcoming US tour. The band, with ProjeKct 6 supporting, will be playing at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA on Sunday 8th October. Presale tickets go on sale via artistarena tomorrow, 4th August, at noon, Eastern time, and to the general public via Ticketmaster, on Monday, 7th August.


Arriving Somewhere... DVD news

The first ever Porcupine Tree live DVD "Arriving Somewhere..." is in the final stages of production, and release dates are as follows:

UK/Europe (Snapper) - 9th October

USA (Snapper) - 10th October

Japan (WHD Entertainment) - 27th September

Prior to retail release the DVD will be available from the Porcupine Tree Store from early September, with pre-orders due to start in mid-August. It will also be available to buy at the merchandise stand throughout the band's forthcoming tour. The first 2,000 copies bought directly from the band will be numbered and come with an exclusive set of 6 postcards.

The DVD is a 2-disc set. Disc one is a full show from the Deadwing tour filmed at Park West, Chicago in Oct 2005, with the soundtrack mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Disc two includes bonus live performances of Futile and Radioactive Toy from German TV show Rockpalast, the Lazarus promo clip, the live films used during the show for Start of Something Beautiful (by Przemyslaw Vshebor and Lasse Hoile), Halo, and Mother and Child Divided (both by Lasse Hoile), Gavin Harrison's “Cymbal Song” (also in 5.1 sound), a photo gallery, and exclusive mixes and music created especially for the gallery and credits on the DVD.

Watch this space on news on when the disc will be available to pre-order.

P.S. - Unfortunately Lasse Hoile's full length documentary on Porcupine Tree was not ready in time for inclusion on the second disc of the DVD. With 4 years and 250 hours (!) of footage to go through, and with the amount of work involved in editing and producing the concert footage, the rockumentary had to be put aside on this occasion, but it remains a work in progress for unveliing at a (much) later date.


Tickets for LA and SF

Porcupine Tree is pleased to announce that the Tony Levin Band will be opening act at their shows at the House of Blues, LA on 11th Oct, and at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 13th Oct. There will be a limited amount of presale tickets available from artistarena, as well as an extremely limited amount of VIP tickets to the HOB show in LA, which will include a voucher to the invitation-only premier of the band’s DVD “Arriving Somewhere…” the following evening, 12th Oct, in a movie theater in Los Angeles.

Presale/VIP tickets go on sale for all three events via artistarena at noon, Eastern time, on Thursday 3rd August. Tickets for the general public go on sale via Ticketmaster on Saturday, 5th August for LA, and on Sunday, 6th August for San Francisco.


Rockpalast live download album

Now available from the Porcupine Tree Download Store is a 2 CD set containing the whole of PT's show for legendary German TV show Rockpalast. The recording was made on 19th November 2005 and includes several pieces that were not included in the broadcast. Beautifully recorded by WDR, and later remixed by SW at No Man's Land, the set comes with excellent downloadable Lasse Hoile artwork.

Also now at the download store is the missing track from the Warszawa live album from 2001, "Tinto Brass". This was originally dropped from the album in order to facilitate a single CD, but it is now available as a free download.

Last but not least you can also download a song from the recent No-Man live reunion at the Burning Shed evening. This was the first time that Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson had played together on stage for 10 years. A very different version of the Together We're Stranger album track "Things I Want to Tell You" was performed as the last impromtu song of the evening.


SW Cover Version IV available

The fourth in the series of Steven Wilson Cover Version CD singles is now exclusively available from Headphone Dust Mail Order. SW posted this to his myspace site in May: "Today I completed Cover Version IV, and I think it's my favourite so far in the series, I'm very happy. The cover version itself is probably the most obscure yet, and may create some controversy with its subject matter, guaranteed to offend. But also very beautiful I think".

Cover Version III has also been repressed, which means all 4 singles are in print. Head over to SW HQ for more info.


West Coast dates

Porcupine Tree return to play at two of their favorite venues on the west coast of the US in October:

11th October - House of Blues, LA

13th October - Fillmore, San Francisco

Ticket information to follow. There will be a limited amount of VIP tickets available for the House of Blues show, that will entitle the purchaser to a ticket for the HOB show, a signed DVD, and a voucher for admission to the movie theater premier of “Arriving Somewhere…” at a cinema in LA the following evening. These will be extremely limited.


Stupid Dream at retail

From SW: "Apologies to those that purchased the 2 disc Stupid Dream reissue from PT believing it to be exclusive to our store. This was the original plan, but since the reissue was announced for pre-sale on the 8th May the band agreed to Snapper making the double version available for a limited time through regular retail outlets. Unfortunately due to an oversight this information was not relayed through this site, so many apologies to those who could have waited and bought it cheaper at their local store or mail order outlet, some of whom seem to be selling it for less than it costs us to buy copies from Snapper wholesale! Perhaps it is some smalll consolation that if you did buy it from us direct you are helping to recoup the money the band spent on reworking, authoring, and mastering the stereo and surround sound discs, and the new artwork. Anyway, I hope everyone is happy with the new version, I certainly am. Lightbulb Sun is next on the agenda for the same treatment, but not until after the next new PT studio record."


Porcupine Tree download store open

The PT Download Store is now open for business! Ultimately the store will feature exclusive studio and live recordings, deleted titles, as well as selections from the PT back catalogue. All titles will be available as mp3s and high quality loss-less audio, and with downloadable artwork.

Previously issued as a limited edition tour release in 2003, XM is a download version of the session Porcupine Tree recorded for XM Satellite Radio in Washington DC on 12th November 2002. Performed completely live in the studio, and later mixed by SW at No Man's Land.

Futile is a specially compiled download only mini album rounding up non-album tracks recorded during the In Absentia era. Three of the tracks were previously issued on the promo only Futile CD, and two on the limited Europe only 2CD edition of In Absentia. The short opening track was originally intended to open the In Absentia album, and is previously unissued.

We expect demand for these titles to be high, so please be patient if the site is busy.


Rhythmic Horizons DVD

Gavin Harrison's new DVD "Rhythmic Horizons" is now finally available from the new updated Gavin Harrison website.
The DVD features over 2 hours 20 mins of performances, lessons, concepts, and entertainment, including two detailed demonstrations of PT tunes and the rhythmic structures behind them.


Tickets for New York and Boston

A small allocation of pre-sale tickets for the Porcupine Tree / ProjeKCt Six show in New York City on 6th October go on sale via artistarena tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon EST. Tickets will go on sale to the general public from Wednesay. Please note that there are no VIP packages for this show.

VIP packages and premium seats for the Porcupine Tree / ProjeKCt Six show in Boston on 5th October go on sale via artistarena from noon EST on 6th July, with tickets available to the general public from 8th July.

Standard tickets will be available for both shows from http://www.ticketmaster.com, and the respective venue box offices.


Philadelphia VIP tickets

Due to an error on the part of the promoter, tickets for the PT/ProjeKct Six show at the Keswick Theater have gone on sale prior to the date actually intended. As previously posted here, the band will make available for our internet community, a limited number of premium tickets as well as special VIP packages. These will be available tomorrow exclusively via artistarena

Boston show confirmed

The PT / ProjeKCt 6 show in Boston is now confirmed, and will take place at the Berklee Performance Center on the 5th October.


Paris tickets

Tickets for the Paris show at Elysée Montmartre on the 15th September are now on sale from www.fnacspectacles.com. Special guests for this show will be Oceansize.


Amsterdam tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the show at Amsterdam Paradiso on 27th September (with special guests Paatos), available from www.paradiso.nl.


USA shows

The first of 6 shows that Porcupine Tree will play with ProjeKCt Six (Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew) in the USA in October have now been confirmed:

6th Oct - New York City: Nokia Theater

7th Oct - Philadelphia: Keswick Theater

Ticket information, as well as the remaining confirmed gigs, will be posted shortly. The band will also make available a limited amount of VIP tickets for each show.

Although the tour is primarily to promote the release of the Arriving Somewhere.... DVD, the band are planning to use the first half of the concerts in both Europe and the USA to present completely new music. Watch this space!


Swiss show added

21st September : Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland (special guests Paatos). Tickets available from www.z-7.ch, www.ticketcorner.ch, or www.starticket.ch.



Porcupine Tree are happy to announce that Swedish band Paatos will be their special guests at all their September shows with the exception of Cambridge, Paris and Antwerp. You can find out more about this amazing band by checking out their myspace site (just follow the link from the PT myspace page).


Shows added in Belgium and Italy

16th Sept: ANTWERP, Hof Ter Lo

18th Sept: ROME, Teatro Tendastrisce

19th Sept: MILANO, Rolling Stone

Special guests for Antwerp will be Oceansize, and for Rome and Milano, Paatos.

Tickets for Antwerp available from www.biebob.be.

Tickets for the Italian shows available from www.ticketone.it.


German shows

4 German shows have now been announced!

22 Sept: MÜNCHEN Muffathalle

23rd Sept: SAARBRÜCKEN Garage

25th Sept: HAMBURG Große Freiheit 36

26th Sept: ESSEN Weststadthalle

Tickets for all 4 shows can be purchased online at www.ticketonline.de or by calling the ticket hotline on (0)1805 562030.


Cambridge warm up show

A warm up show for Porcupine Tree's tour in September-October has been confirmed for 13th September at The Junction in Cambridge. Tickets available by calling (+44) 1223 511511 or by visiting the Junction website.


London Astoria show

Tickets for Porcupine Tree's London show at Astoria on 29th September are now on sale. You can buy by calling (+44) 870 0603777 or by visiting www.seetickets.com


First live dates announced

Porcupine Tree are undertaking a short tour to promote their first live DVD release "Arriving Somewhere..." in September. The first 2 dates have been confirmed and tickets are now on sale.

30th September - University, MANCHESTER, UK

(tickets available from www.gigsandtours.com or by calling 0871 2200 260)

1st October - Carling Academy, GLASGOW, UK

(tickets available from Ticketweb or by calling 0870771 2000 or 0870 220 1116)

Further shows will be announced very soon.


PT live DVD preview

A full song from the forthcoming Porcupine Tree live DVD "Arriving Somewhere..." is now available to view at the band's MySpace page. Blackest Eyes was filmed along with the rest of the DVD in Chicago last October. The DVD, edited by Lasse Hoile and with the sound mixed into both stereo and 5.1 surround sound, is due for release in late Summer. There will be a short promotional tour of Europe and the USA, dates to be announced shortly.

Note that the video clip can be downloaded and added to other sites, so share with with all your friends and loved ones!

Also available now is new music from the forthcoming second Blackfield album, which can be found at the Blackfield MySpace page. A full song "Once" and an album preview are both available to download and share.


Porcupine Tree on MySpace

Porcupine Tree may have been somewhat slow in the MySpace revolution, but in the meantime a few pages have been set up by fans. One of these is now being developed into an official MySpace resource for Porcupine Tree (thanks Lindsey), and will hopefully be used for making available exclusive content as the band enter the sessions for the next studio record. In the meantime please feel free to head over there and register as a friend of the band, or tell other people about the page.



Stupid Dream shipping shortly!

A brand new edition of the long out of print 1999 Porcupine Tree studio album Stupid Dream is released on 15th May as both a 2 disc CD/DVDA set, and double vinyl LP, both available for pre-order now from the Porcupine Tree store.

Disc one is a CD containing a pristine remix / remaster of the original stereo album, while disc two is a DVDA (playable on any DVD player) containing the album remixed into 5.1 surround sound (in DVDA and DTS versions), as well as a 24 bit high resolution version of the stereo mix. Also included are 5.1 mixes of bonus tracks Ambulance Chasing and the full length 14 minute version of Even Less, the promo video for Piano Lessons, and a photo gallery. The artwork has also been completely revamped, with exceptional new images by Lasse Hoile, and a beautiful package designed by Carl Glover.

The album is also available for the very first time as a deluxe double LP set on US label Gates of Dawn. The remaster of the original album is on sides 1-3, and side 4 contains bonus tracks Ambulance Chasing and Even Less (full length 14 minute version). Comes in a lavish thick gatefold sleeve using the new artwork.

These editions are the definitive versions of one of the essential albums in the PT catalogue, and both are available to pre-order now from the band's on line store, with the CD/DVDA version being exclusive to the store (later this year a standard CD release will be issued). The vinyl version can also be purchased directly from Gates of Dawn in the USA.


Gavin Harrison in Chicago

Gavin will be making his first American drum clinic on June 27th in Chicago/Palatine for "The Drum Pad". For a short time after the clinic Gavin will be giving a limited number of private lessons. Contact The Drum Pad directly for details.


PT live in Japan

Porcupine Tree are pleased to announce their first ever Japanese shows. The band will be performing at the UDO Music Festival on 22nd July at Osaka Izumi Otsu Phoenix, and on the 23rd at the Fuji International Speedway (located beside Mt. Fuji). Other artists confirmed for the festival so far are Jeff Beck, Audioslave, and Santana.


Japanese edition of Deadwing

The Japanese edition of Deadwing has now been issued by WHD Entertainment. As this is the first domestic Japanese release by Porcupine Tree, the record company have taken the opportunity to couple it with a 10 track introduction to Porcupine Tree bonus disc. This will only be available with the first pressing of the album, after which it will revert to the standard single CD. All of this music on the bonus CD is previously issued (though some tracks are from currently out of print albums such as Recordings and Stupid Dream, and others are radio edits), with the exception of a live version of Halo taken from the band's forthcoming live DVD, recorded in Chicago. Full track listing is:

- Even Less

- Pure Narcotic

- How Is Your Life Today

- Buying New Soul

- Russia on Ice (live, from "Warszawa")

- Blackest Eyes

- Trains (edit)

- Open Car

- Lazarus (single edit)

- Halo (live)

The set also comes with an additional 12-page lyric booklet (lyrics in Japanese and English).

Correction - Please note that neither the PT Store or Headphone Dust will be stocking this item.

In the meantime the revamped reissue of PT's Stupid Dream is finally in production, and expected to be available within the next few weeks. The double disc (one CD and one surround sound DVDA) will be available to pre-order from the PT store shortly.


Moonloop update

The allocation of 200 copies of Moonloop available to pre-order from the Porcupine Tree store are now sold out. All ordered copies will be sent out early this week.

If you did not manage to get a copy from the PT store, please note that the Freak Emporium still have a few copies left, but don't delay!


PT at Arrow Festival

Porcupine Tree will appear at the Arrow Festival in Holland on Saturday 10th June. This day of the festival will be headlined by Roger Waters.


Carbon Nation 5 available

Issue 5 of Simon Clarke's independent Porcupine Tree magazine Carbon Nation is now available from the Carbon Nation website.

Contents include:

- A Rockpalast TV broadcast review

- Collectors Guide to 'The Sky Moves Sideways'

- Interviews with Richard Barbieri and Steven Wilson from the first leg of the Deadwing tour

- An interview with Steven Wilson from the recent UK tour

- Gig reviews of European and US shows from the October - December tour

- Fripp/PT at Cambridge Junction by Tim Bowness

- Blackfield at New York Jewish Festival review.


Release dates

Delerium have delayed the release date for the Moonloop LP reissue until 17th March. Meanwhile the reissue of Stupid Dream is likely to be available from late March / early April. More news when we have it.


PT at Sweden Rock Festival

Porcupine Tree will be playing at the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg on 8th June. More info can be found at http://www.swedenrock.com. This is the first of several festivals the band will play in Europe this summer.


Deadwing released in Japan

Porcupine Tree is pleased to announce that Deadwing will be officially released in Japan on 22nd March. The album is being released by WHD, whose roster also includes King Crimson, and David Sylvian. This will mark the first official release of a Porcupine Tree album in Japan.

PT is hoping to do some concerts in Japan later in 2006, but in the meantime Richard Barbieri will be playing in Tokyo at The Liquid Room with The Bays on 25th February. Richard will be taking the opportunity to do some press and promotion for Deadwing whilst there.


Deadwing drum transcriptions

DRUM! magazine has a selection of transcriptions of Gavin Harrision's work on the Deadwing album available online at the target=_blank>DRUM! website.


SW Cover Version CDs repressed

The first two releases in the highly collectible Steven Wilson Cover Version CD single series have just been repressed and are available again. Visit the SWHQ website to order.


Deadwing in Sound and Vision chart

Porcupine Tree's Deadwing was voted number 2 album of 2005 in Sound & Vision, which is the most widely distributed US magazine in the field of home electronics and entertainment. White Stripes was the number one album - the full chart can be seen here.


NO-MAN anthology

No-Man, the duo of Steven Wilson and singer Tim Bowness, has now been together for almost 20 years, and All The Blue Changes is the first career-overview compilation. In addition to tracks from all the band's official albums, it contains b-sides, unique mixes and rare album outtakes. The 2 CD set comes in a lavish digipack with sleeve notes by Chris Roberts, and a design by Carl Glover. Copies ordered from Burning Shed will also include an exclusive colour postcard.

The album is released on Hidden Art on 27th Feb but can be pre-ordered now.


Up the Downstair vinyl edition

ThePorcupine Tree Store has finally managed to obtain copies of the new 2LP vinyl edition of the Up the Downstair album on Head Spin. It comes in a lavish gatefold cover with inner sleeves. Content is the same as the new 2004 2CD remaster, except that record 2, Staircase Infinities, includes a bonus track from the same era, Phantoms (this track can also be found on the Stars Die CD anthology). Note that most of the other Head Spin vinyl reissues are now sold out.


PT on Rouge FM Switzerland

On Sunday 22nd of January 2006, 23:00 Swiss Time (GMT+1), there will be a broadcast on swiss radio Rouge FM of a 30 minute special about Porcupine Tree. The transmission will also include two live tracks recorded exclusively for Rouge FM at the band's show in Fribourg on the 26th November. It will be followed by an interview overdubbed in french.

Outside of Switzerland, you will be able to listen to it using Winamp, Windows Media Player, Real One, or target=_blank>Itunes.


Moonloop vinyl reissue

PT's former record label Delerium have announced a vinyl reissue of the 40 minute version of Moonloop, previously available as a fan club only CD, as a limited run on coloured vinyl housed in a twelve inch coloured PVC sleeve. A long spacey improvisation, the first half was used for the improvised part of the Sky Moves Sideways album version, but the second half continues the improvisation into other areas, including rhythmic ideas that were later developed into Stars Die.

The LP will be available from 27th Feb, but please note that it will only be available from Freak Emporium and the Porcupine Tree Store. The Freak Emporium are currently accepting pre-orders. The PT store allocation will be available to pre-order nearer to the release date.

Please note that any comments regarding the reissue of Moonloop should be directed towards Delerium, as the band were not party to the decision to re-release this music.


Stupid Dream reissue news

The reissue of Porcupine Tree's 1999 album Stupid Dream will be available in early 2006 in the form of a 2 disc set containing a remixed and remastered stereo CD, and a 5.1 surround sound DVDA (with DTS encoded version which will play on any DVD player equipped with a surround sound / home cinema speaker set up). The 5.1 disc also contains surround sound mixes of "Ambulance Chasing" and the full length version of "Even Less", the video to "Piano Lessons", and a photo gallery. Lasse Hoile has also created completely new images for the reissue, since the band were never happy with the original cover design.

This 2 disc edition will only be available to buy direct from the Pocupine Tree Store. A standard CD edition will get a wider release at a later date, as well as a 2LP vinyl version on US label Gates of Dawn.

A reissue of Lightbulb Sun in 5.1 and stereo is also planned.


Rockpalast TV broadcast

During their recent tour of Europe, Porcupine Tree's show at the Koln Live Music Hall on 19th November was filmed for the legendary German Rockpalast TV show. 75 minutes of the show will be broadcast by WDR Fernsehen on the 8th/9th January starting at 12.30am. The Rockpalast website has further details, photos, and backstage footage.


PT Lithographs

The Porcupine Tree Store now has the remaining stock of the items that were sold during the recent PT tour. Available now in the merchandise section are 4 lithographs, printed on 300gsm artist paper, limited to 500 copies each, and individually hand numbered. There are 4 images to choose from; Deadwing album cover, Signify album cover, band silhouette, and band archway. These are perfect for framing. There are also a few remaining t-shirts based on the Signify album cover and band silhouette images, but the choice of size is limited.

Also back in stock is the now very hard to find 2 CD edition of In Absentia, and the award winning DVDAs of both Deadwing and In Absentia.


Deadwing wins surround sound award

Porcupine Tree have once again won an award at the annual Surround Music Awards in LA, this time for Deadwing, which won Best Made-for-Surround album. The award was accepted by Elliot Scheiner, who mixed the 5.1 version of the album with SW, and Jeff Levison from DTS, who released Deadwing in 5.1.


Metanoia Reissue

Snapper Music will reissue Porcupine Tree's "Metanoia" at mid-price on 27th Feb. This album comprises improvisations recorded in the studio during the sessions for the "Signify" album, and was originally released as a limited double 10 inch vinyl, followed by a 5,000 copy CD edition on Delerium in 2001. There were no plans to make the album available again, but a proliferation of bootlegs originating in Russia and exported to Europe and the US, has led to this "beat the boots" reissue. The new edition will contain the same music as the Delerium version, but will be remastered and housed in a digipack sleeve.


Deadwing tabs book available

The book of Deadwing guitar tabs is now available in the Pocupine Tree Store. This is an 80 page, 9x12 inches book with vocal melodies, lyrics, standard guitar notation, guitar tablature, chord names and guitar chord diagrams.


Surround Sound Awards

Following last years victory for In Absentia at the Surround Music Awards in LA, Deadwing has this year been nominated in 3 categories: Best Made for Surround Album, Best Standard Resolution Album, and Best Menu Design. Other nominees include Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Talking Heads. The awards ceremony and announcement of the winners will take place on Dec 15th. For more information check the Surround Expo site.



A belated announcement that currently opening for Porcupine Tree on their European Tour (on all but the UK shows where Robert Fripp will be special guest) is the excellent UK band Oceansize. The band's second album Everyone Into Position has just been issued by Beggars Banquet.


Deadwing guitar tabs book

Available before the end of the month will be PT's first book of guitar tabs. This one contains tabs for the Deadwing album, and is published by Alfred Publishing, retail price $22. The book should be available in all good music stores, guitar centres, as well as via internet mail order outlets (including the Porcupine Tree store).


BBC London Playlist - fan power needed!

As most fans of the band will know, Porcupine Tree suffer from a lack of support from mainstream radio in the UK. But this Saturday the band would like to ask for UK fans to help to change this. BBC Radio London 94.9 have responded very well to the song "Lazarus", but because of the way the station works the song must be the subject of a "People's Choice" vote before it can be playlisted. It will be played back to back with another song and the telephone vote will determine which one makes the final playlist. This will take place on the Gary Crowley show this Saturday ar 6pm. Following the song being played, listeners can call in on 0207 224 2000 to vote. The band would much appreciate it if fans in the London area (or beyond!) vote for Lazarus and help it to make the playlist.


IEM 1996-99 CD now available

SW's early recordings as IEM are now available on a CD reissue released by Headphone Dust. IEM : 1996-99 (HDIEMCD8) is a remastered and repackaged collection of all of the music recorded and released by SW's krautrock inspired project between 1996-1999. It contains the whole of the 1996 debut album, the 1999 "Escalator to Christmas" EP, and an extended 13 minute version of the title track from the Escalator EP. Total running time of the CD is 70 minutes.

You can order the CD online from the Porcupine Tree Store, or from Steven Wilson's SW HQ site.


SW HQ revamped

For those that follow Steven Wilson's other music outside of Porcupine Tree, note that a brand new SW HQ website has just been launched. Currently featured are detailed discographies of his other projects and guest apperances, information on the Headphone Dust label, SW's playlist, plus guestbook and mail order pages. There are plans to add other features in the near future.


Up the Downstair 2LP set

The next release in the ongoing series of PT's vinyl reissues is now available: Up the Downstair is a 2LP set containing the new 2004 remix of the album on record one, and the remastered Staircase Infinities on record two, with the addition of "Phantoms" (from the same sessions, also available on the Stars Die anthology) to record 2. The set will shortly be available from the PT Store.


Opening act on the West Coast

For those fans who attended PT's recent US west coast shows and enjoyed the set by opening band Marjorie Fair, you maybe be interested to know that the Los Angeles based band's debut album "Self Help Serenade" was recently released by Capitol Records. Fans of Radiohead and Pink Floyd should investigate.


Deadwing wins Classic Rock album of the year

Porcupine Tree are pleased to announce that they held off competition from Robert Plant, Foo Fighters, and other nominees, to win the album of the year award in UK magazine Classic Rock. The November issue reports "Porcupine Tree trounced the opposition to win the coveted Album Of The Year gong at our Awards". The band would like to thank readers of the magazine for voting for Deadwing. The same issue also includes the video for Lazarus on the cover mount DVD.


Second PT show in Chicago

A second show has been added in Chicago at Park West, on 12th October to allow two consecutive nights to be filmed for PT's first ever live DVD. The first show in Chicago is virtually sold out, but the band would like to invite as many people as possible down to the second night too, as the second performance will differ in content substantially to the previous night's show to allow the band to have as many different songs available to choose from for the DVD. Also a chance for everyone who comes to make their presence seen and heard in the DVD!!


Blackfield opening in Providence

Porcupine Tree are pleased to announce that Blackfield will be support for the Providence, RI show at Lupo’s, the only show on the US tour that Blackfield will play with Porcupine Tree. Additional presale tickets have been obtained for this show, and are certain to go fast. They are available at artist arena.


SW update

SW's Bass Communion vinyl only LP release Indicates Void will be shipped on 1st October. Pressed in 2 small handmade editions of 100 copies each (one in a silver cover and one in gold), the album is part of Tone Float's new 'C' imprint dedicated to experimental music. Tone Float have already sold out on pre-order of both editions, but Headphone Dust have a small allocation available. Go to SW HQ for further information.

ToneFloat will also issue a 2LP edition of the Steven Wilson album Unreleased Electronic Music (TF22). Originally a rapidly soldout hand-made CD-R on Headphone Dust, the vinyl edition is scheduled for release on 3rd November 2005, SW's birthday. The first edition will be pressed on 180 gram coloured vinyl and come in a superb full-colour gatefold picture sleeve designed by Lasse Hoile featuring an SW self-portrait photograph on the front.

Finally, SW's Cover Version III CD single is almost sold out, so if you would like a copy please head over to SW HQ to order it as soon as possible.


Porcupine Tree DVD filming

Porcupine Tree's show in Chicago on 11th October will be filmed for the band's first official DVD release in 2006. This DVD is planned to be a combination of live performance and a full length documentary on the band that Lasse Hoile has been filming over the last few years. For the occassion the band have taken the opportunity to dust down a few pieces from their back catalogue (including at least one song from the very distant past), as well as several more recent tracks which have not been performed live before. This new repertoire will be performed throughout the forthcoming US/Canada and European tour, not just for the DVD, but Chicago should prove to be a very special night. Robert Fripp will be the band's special guest on this evening, as well as in DC, Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnatil, and Milwaukee.

Several shows on the tour are now close to selling out, so if you would like to catch the band on this, the final leg of their Deadwing tour, book your tickets soon!


US Pre-sale tickets update

Presale tickets for the Porcupine Tree US tour are going fast. Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Houston are all sold out, and the supply for the remaining shows is limited. Please note that the usual high Ticketmaster charges are not associated with presale tickets and they are only available from the band via artist arena


Blackfield in New York

SW will be taking leave of the PT US tour for 24 hours to fly up to New York City to join the rest of Blackfield to perform their first ever US performance with the full band line-up. The show will be on Sunday, September 25, at Riverside Park on 72nd Street, as part of the New York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival. Admission to the concert is free. For more information please refer to www.oyhoo.com.


SW Cover Version III CD single

The third in the series of limited edtion Steven Wilson Cover Version CD singles is now available, once again limited to 1,000 copies (the first two of which are long sold out). This item is exclusive to Headphone Dust mail order.

UPDATE 09/12/2005 - Only 200 copies left!


San Diego and Houston pre-sales

The special pre-sale tickets for 24th October San Diego and 27th October Houston are onsale now from artist arena.


Vienna venue change

For PT fans planning to come to the band's Vienna show on November 23rd, please note that this has now been moved from Szene to the larger capacity Planet Music.


Final European shows confirmed

The final shows in PT's Autumn Deadwing Part 2 tour are now confirmed:

24th November - ITALY, Treviso, New Age

25th November - ITALY, Milan, Live Music Club

For a complete list of shows please check the tour dates page.


Digital Music Awards

A friendly reminder that until 21st September you can head over to the Classic Rock website and vote for Porcupine Tree's Deadwing as the album of the year. You can also register a vote for the brand new supersonic (and very well received) PT website at the

Digital Music Awards website.

As ever thanks for your support!


Final US tour dates confirmed

The final three PT US tour dates are now confirmed, including the band's first ever show in Texas:

Monday, 24th October – San Diego – House of Blues

Tuesday, 25th October – Phoenix – Arizona Beach Club

Thursday, 27th October – Houston – The Engine Room

Presale info for these shows will be coming soon. In the meantime presale tickets for all other shows on the US tour are now on sale, with the exception of NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia, for which they are sold out. There are very few presale tickets left for the LA, Chicago, and Atlanta shows.

For a full list of PT US tour dates please refer to the tour dates page.


PT European tour dates

The next leg of PT's Deadwing European tour campaign is now almost entirely in place (just Italian shows to be confirmed). The forthcoming tours of both North Amercia and Europe will include substantially different material to the tours earlier this year, including songs new to the live repertoire. There will be several new films by Lasse Hoile, and PT now also have their own full time dedicated lighting designer. Dave Dickinson will be working closely alongside Lasse in creating a new and stronger visual aspect to the band's shows. Dave has previously worked as LD for artists as diverse as Jimmy Eat World, Kasabian, D12, The Wildhearts, 50 Cent, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra!


13th France, Paris - Bataclan

14th Germany, Frankfurt - Hugenottenhall

15th Germany, Leipzig - Werk 2

16th Poland, Lodz – Hala Anilana

18th Germany, Berlin - Columbia Club

19th Germany, Cologne - Live Music Hall

21st Germany, Hanover - Capitol

22nd Germany, Stuttgart – Longhorn

23rd Austria, Vienna – Szene

26th Switzerland, Fribourg – Fri Son

27th Switzerland, Pratteln - Z7

29th Germany, Nurnberg – Lowensaal

30th France, Strasbourg – La Laiterie


2nd Luxembourg, Luxembourg City – Den Atelier

3rd Belgium, Antwerp – Hof Ter Lo

4th Holland, Tilburg – 013

6th UK, Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall

7th UK, London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

8th UK, Manchester – MDH

9th UK, Glasgow – Carling Academy

11th UK, Cambridge - Junction

Opening act at all the UK shows (and on the east coast in the US) will be legendary guitar player Robert Fripp. Opening act for the rest of the European shows has yet to be confirmed.


Shallow in Four Brothers

Although not on the soundtrack album, Porcupine Tree's Shallow can be heard in the new John Singleton movie "Four Brothers", currently number one at the US box office.


US tour pre-sale tickets

The special presale tickets for for the NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia are now sold out, as are all VIP tickets to those shows. For presale and VIP tickets to all other shows on PT's US tour please follow the link here. The presale tickets are an allocation for each show that go on sale via this website prior to normal ticket agencies making them available - as such these tickets bypass the high ticket agency booking fees. Normal tickets for these 3 shows are still available, but going fast!

More shows will be announced shortly.


New SW interview at Innerviews

There is a new online SW interview at Anil Prasad's Innerviews, one of the best e-zines on the web.


More US dates confirmed

18th Oct – Seattle, The Moore Theater

21st Oct – San Francisco, The Grand/Regency Center

The remainder of the US and European tours will be announced soon (Texas perhaps?). Watch this space....


Deadwing gets blue....

As the red and black vinyl pressings of Deadwing are almost sold out, a third (and almost certainly final) pressing of the 2LP edition has been made, this time on blue vinyl, limited to 600 copies. Available now from the PT Store.


Canadian shows

PT have confirmed the Canadian shows on their forthcoming tour:

3rd Oct - Montreal, Club Soda

4th Oct - Ottawa, Barrymore's

6th Oct - Toronto, Phoenix Concert Theatre


Reissue news

The final release date for the digipack edition of the 2CD Stars Die anthology is 26th September. In this scaled down version of the original box set edition, the Dann Chinn essay charting the history of the band will not appear, though the individual track notes remain. SW has also taken the opportunity to substitute the tracks Fadeaway and Up the Downstair with the recently recorded definitive versions with live drums by Gavin Harrison.

Also released by Snapper on 26th September is a remastered mid-price edition of No-Man's Flowermouth album from 1994 (with 2 bonus tracks from the permanently deleted Flowermix album). Snapper are also issuing the No-Man album Speak at mid-price on 22nd August. This edition is identical to the version which was recently released on SW's Headphone Dust label.

Due in November is a 2LP on 180gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve of Steven Wilson "Unreleased Electronic Music" on Dutch label ToneFloat. More news on that soon.


PT nominated for best album

Classic Rock magazine has its first awards ceremony at Cafe de Paris , Picadilly, London on 4th October, and Porcupine Tree's Deadwing has been nominated in the best album of 2005 category, along with Robert Plant, Audioslave, Foo Fighters, and Alter Bridge.

If you would like to vote for PT (and the band would be very happy if you did!) and you are in the UK you can send an SMS containing the text "CLR ALBUM 3" (Deadwing is the third album in the nominations list) to 84070. Or anyone can vote via the website at www.classicrockmagazine.co.uk. Voting closes on 21st September.


More US dates


8 -- Detroit, The Majestic

9 -- Cleveland, House of Blues

10 -- Cincinnati, Bogart's

11 -- Chicago, Park West

13 -- Milwaukee, The Rave

15 -- Boulder, Fox Theater

17 -- Portland, The Aladdin

22 -- Los Angeles, House of Blues

23 -- Anaheim, The Grove

More dates to be announced soon. Robert Fripp will be opening at the Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Milwaukee shows.

The following shows will be available for presale starting at 3PM Eastern time on Monday, August 8th:

9/23 Tampa, 9/24 Atlanta, 9/28 Providence

The following shows will be available for presale starting at 4PM Eastern time on Tuesday, August 9th:

9/26 Washington DC, 9/27 Philadelphia

The following shows will be available for presale starting at 5PM Eastern time on Tuesday, August 9th:

9/30 Boston, 10/1 New York

In addition to the presale tickets, there will also be a very limited number of special VIP packages available for select shows. These packages will only be available for a few venues.

The following package will be available in New York, Boston and
Philadelphia, price $75:

- A Premium Ticket to a Porcupine Tree concert (seat location will be given at time of purchase)

- A limited edition poster autographed by Porcupine Tree

- A 10% off merchandise coupon good for the night of the show

Go here to order tickets.


New photo gallery

A new Lasse Hoile photo gallery from PT's recent US tour is now online in the multimedia section.


Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun

Many people are enquiring about the status of these two currently out of print Porcupine Tree albums. These were deleted by the original label KScope/Snapper following the purchase of both albums by Lava Atlantic in 2002. Since that time the plan has been to revamp and reissue the albums in new editions on Lava, with at least one of the albums also remixed into 5.1 surround sound. The only reason that this has not happened to date is simply that SW has not got around to doing it yet! However these 2 albums (and possibly also the Recordings album) should be available again in new editions by next Spring.

If you cannot wait for the reissues of Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun, please note that most of the copies currently being sold on Ebay are Russian bootleg editions - they may look genuine but please check with the seller that you are bidding on an original copy before placing your bid.

There are also plans for the first ever Porcupine Tree DVD to be issued in 2006. More news on that later in the year.


Chris Maitland website

Former Porcupine Tree drummer Chris Maitland now has his own website, which includes several video clips of him performing with the band.


New PT-shirts

The PT online Store now has the new Halo t-shirts available, as well as a reprint of the Deadwing album cover shirts (this time without tour dates on the back).


US tour dates announced


23 -- Tampa, The Masquerade

24 -- Atlanta, The Masquerade

26 -- Washington DC, 9:30 Club

27 -- Philadelphia, Keswick Theater

28 -- Providence, Lupo's

30 -- Boston, Berklee Performance Center


1 -- NYC, Town Hall

Robert Fripp will be opening the DC, Philly, Boston, and NYC shows. More dates to be announced soon.

A limited number of tickets to each show will be made available for presale via porcupinetree.com. Tickets presold via the band's website do not incur any Ticketmaster fees. In those venues with seating/section options, the band will be offering a very limited amount of VIP tickets per show. Presale tickets should be available via the website early next week.


Carbon Nation issue 4

The latest issue of Simon Clarke's UK based Porcupine Tree fanzine is now available. Issue 4 contains:

Blackfield US acoustic tour reviews + photos

PT Deadwing UK tour reports and photos

Exclusive in-depth interviews with Steven Wilson and John Wesley

Review of John Wesley's Shiver album

News nuggets and winners of the Blackfield competition

Copies are available from www.carbon-nation.co.uk.


XM2 update

Further copies of the XM2 CD are now available to order at the PT online store.

Also back in stock at the store are some of the deluxe vinyl reissues of PT's Delerium years albums: Voyage 34 2LP, The Sky Moves Sideways 3LP+7 inch, and Signify 2LP. The 3LP version of Coma Divine is now sold out. On the Sunday of Life and Up the Downstair are due as 2LP sets before the end of the year.


SW rarities at Headphone Dust

Headphone Dust mail order service currently has a few exclusive and rare SW related releases available:

Firstly the 2 Cover Version singles recorded and released under SW's own name in 2003 and 2004 have now been issued by Dutch label Tonefloat in the format for which they were originally intended - clear vinyl 7 inch singles. Initially released on limited edition (and long sold out) CDs, the 2 singles have now been recut from high resolution audio files to bring out the best possible vinyl sound quality. CV1 and CV2 are available as a pair in a choice of large and small centerhole pressings packaged in customized die-cut sleeves, and can be ordered now, price £12 plus shipping. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies.

Another recently issued item available from Headphone Dust is the exclusive Bass Communion "Dronework" CDR, which contains a single 20 minute drone piece. The CDR comes packaged in a full colour insert and is priced at £6.

Finally there is a second pressing of the most recent Bass Communion CD ''Ghosts on Magnetic Tape'' which integrates both the album and the full length Andrew Liles reconstruction CD as a 2 CD set in a card gatefold sleeve. Limited to 300 copies this will be the last chance to get the Andrew Liles version of the album.

If you wish to obtain any of these items please note that the only way to purchase from Headphone Dust currently is by using paypal. Please email headphone dust to reserve any item and to receive a shipping quote.


Detroit Show

Please note that the PT show advertised as taking place in Detroit on 12th July will NOT be happening. Anyone who has purchased tickets for this show should return them to the box office for a refund. Apologies from the band for the confusion relating to this show - as a guideline always check to ensure a show has been officially announced on this website before buying tickets.

The band will be undertaking the second leg of their US tour to promote the Deadwing album in September-October.


Porcupine Tree in Norway

PT have confirmed their first ever performance in Norway at The Quart Festival in Kristiansand on 6th July. Also appearing during the 5 day long festival are Audioslave, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Fantomas, Secret Machines and many others.


Porcupine Tree in Portugal

Porcupine Tree have confirmed their first ever live performance in Portugal at the Vilar de Mouros festival on 31st July. Headlining on this day will be Robert Plant. Also appearing are Joss Stone, Faithless, and Peter Murphy among many others.


John Wesley "Shiver" now available

SW recently traveled to Tampa in Florida to mix the new John Wesley album "Shiver", and was pretty blown away with the material which is definitely the finest yet from the US singer-songwriter. This continues a relationship that started a few years ago when Wes became part of Porcupine Tree's touring band. For more news on how to order the album please visit john-wesley.com.


Up the Downstair printing error

Purchasers of the new 2CD edition of Up the Downstair will have noticed the poor quality reproduction of the images in the booklet insert. This was due to a printing mixup, but unfortunately it was not picked up by anyone until the first pressing had gone out to stores and various mail order outlets (the band were on tour in the US at the time so did not see it until much later). The error will be fixed on all future pressings, but in the meantiime Burning Shed can provide replacement booklets with any order upon request.

Please note that the extensive use of plain black panels within the digipack is deliberate and not a fault!


Deadwing special edition now available from PT store

After numerous problems with the original company employed to fulfill the orders for the special hardback edition of Deadwing (who simply were not prepared for the demand), the remaining copies are now available to buy online from the band's online store.


XM2 on Sale

The XM2 CD goes on sale tonight at PT's Seattle show, and will be available throughout the rest of the band's US tour. Note that the price may vary from show to show because of the variance in commission paid to the various venues, and the state sales tax. Copies of the CD ordered via the band's online store will ship in about a week from now. The store's initial allocation has now sold out, but any copies remaining at the end of the US tour will be made available to buy online.


Summer shows added

PT have added shows in Canada at Festival D'ete, Quebec City on 14th July, and in Greece at Mylos Club, Thessaloniki on 20th July.


Check before traveling!

We strongly suggest that fans check with the venue regarding ticket availabilty before travellng to a PT show. Many of the European and US shows have been selling out on the Deadwing tour, catching some disappointed fans by surprise.

In the meantime the band are planning further European and US tours in October-November.


Delay in shipping special edition Deadwing

Porcupine Tree would like to extend their apologies to all those in Europe who have still yet to receive their copy of the special edition of Deadwing. The company employed to fulfill the orders have repeatedly assured the band that things were being taken care of, but it seems that this was not the case. The band have always been proud of the quality and speed of service provided by their own online mail order store, so it is extremely embarrassing to us that in having to rely on a third party some of our fans have been let down so badly. Suffice to say we will not be using this company again - shortly all new orders for this item will be transferrred to our own store, but in the meantime we are ensuring that all remaining orders are taken care of. Thank you for your patience.


Deadwing DVDA released

The 5.1 surround sound mix of the new Porcupine Tree album is now available as a DVDA. It has once again been mixed in collaboration with Grammy award winning producer / engineer Elliot Scheiner, and contains a high resolution audio surround version for playing on dedicated DVD-A players, a standard resolution surround version which can be played on any DVD player equipped with surround speakers, and the original stereo mix. The disc also includes a wealth of bonus features, including three additional tracks from the album sessions; Mother And Child Divided (instrumental), Revenant (instrumental) and Half Light, a short film on the making of the album, and photo galleries.

It should be available from any retail outlets who stock the DVDA format. Copies are also on order for the PT Store and these will be available shortly.


Italian Summer Shows

Just confirmed are three PT shows in Italy this Summer:

23 July - Civitanova Marche (Ascoli), Arena, Barcaccia

24 July - Rome, Foro Italico Tennis Stadium

25 July - Turin, Colonie Sonore


Deadwing chart positions

For the first time in Porcupine Tree's history they have charted in almost every country their new album has been released. Today Deadwing entered the US Billboard Top 200 at 132 (their first album to ever chart in the US Top 200). Other chart positions achieved are as follows:

Sweden # 26

Poland # 9

France # 100

Germany # 51

Holland # 56

Italy # 54

UK # 113

The band would like to thank their fans around the world for helping Deadwing to become the band's most successful album to date.


Athens show

Porcupine Tree have confirmed their first concert in Greece this year, at the Lycabettus Theatre, Athens on 21st July. The evening will begin with a performance by Blackfield (so a busy night for Steven!), followed by a set by the reformed Van Der Graaf Generator. Porcupine Tree will close the evening.


Release of XM2

Porcupine Tree's second XM radio session recording is now in preparation for release later this month on the band's Transmission label. The CD will be available through the PT store and at gigs only. The session was recorded in July 2003, and includes 8 songs; Shesmovedon, Fadeaway, Trains, Hatesong, Pure Narcotic, Russia On Ice, Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before it is Recycled, Feel So Low.


Up the Downstair reissue

The 2CD re-recorded reissue of Porcupine Tree's 1993 album Up the Downstair (which also includes the Staircase Infinities mini album) is now available to pre-order from the PT Store. It will be released on 22nd May.

The store will shortly also have available the special hardback book and 2LP editions of Deadwing.

Note that the following items are now sold out and deleted:

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia 2LP vinyl

Porcupine Tree - Coma Divine 3LP+7 inch vinyl set

Bass Communion v Muslimgauze CD / EP

Bass Communion / vidnaObmana - Continuum (a small number of Continuum are still available from headphonedust@hotmail.com)


New US Dates/Special Guest

San Diego, June 13 – House of Blues

Las Vegas, June 14 – House of Blues

The band are pleased to announce that the Rudess Morgenstein Project will be
supporting Porcupine Tree on May 20th at Irving Plaza in New York City.


Deadwing Deluxe Edition Update

All orders for the Deluxe Edition are being processed, and will ship this week, as stated on the order form. European/international orders will take a few more days to arrive at their destination due to the increased shipping time.


Solo Sampler

The Porcupine Tree solo projects sampler is now available to buy on line from the PT Store, as well as from PT shows throughout the rest of the year. The CD contains 77 minutes of music from nearly all of the band's various other solo and collaborative projects. It is not limited and should not be considered rare or collectible in any way. The price of the CD is £3 plus shipping, and you should categorically pay no more than this (or other currency equivalent) from any other source.


New US Tour Dates

May 17 - Syracuse, NY - Club Tundra

May 23 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection

May 26 -Cincinnati - The Madhatter

June16 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre

here to order


The Hidden Track

Confirmation that the version of the stereo mix in the special edition hardbound book edition of Deadwing (only available via mail order from this site) is the US version with the bonus "hidden" track, and not the European release.


New US tour date

Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony – on Saturday, May 14th.

here to order


New US tour pre-sale tickets

Preorders for Cleveland, Seattle, and Portland shows are on sale now, Click
here to order


US tour pre-sale tickets

Porcupine Tree is offering a limited number of tickets to each show on the
upcoming US tour for pre-sale, and at reduced service fees, typically far
lower than the usual outlets. For most venues with reserved seating, the
band will have access to some of the best seats available. Click here
for further information
and to
pre-order tickets.


Confirmed US dates/Special Guest

June 4 – Seattle – Crocodile Café

June 5 – Portland – Aladdin Theater

June 8 – San Francisco – The Fillmore

June 10 – Los Angeles – The Wilshire Theater

June 11 – Anaheim -- The Grove of Anaheim

The band are pleased to announce that Robert Fripp will open the shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Anaheim.


Deadwing special edition available to pre-order

The 2 disc 72 page hardbound book version of Deadwing is now available to pre-order from this website by clicking on the Deadwing cover image to the right of this page. This limited edition will be released on 26th April and will not be available from any other mail order or retail source.

You can also pre-order the deluxe 2LP vinyl edition now from the Gates of Dawn website.


US Tour Dates confirmed

Shows on sale for Porcupine Tree's North American tour are:

May 13 - Washington DC, 9:30 Club

May 16 - Montreal, Le Tulipe

May 18 - Boston, Somerville Theater

May 20 - New York, Iriving Plaza

May 21 - Philadelphia, Trocadero

May 24 - Toronto, Mod Club

May 25 - Cleveland, House of Blues

May 27 - Chicago, Park West

May 28 - Milwaukee, Shank Hall

May 29 - Minneapolis, Fine Line

June 1 - Boulder, Fox Theater

More US dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The band have also confirmed their appearance at the Bospop Festival, Weert, Holland on 3rd July 2005, where they will be headlining the second stage at approx 9.15pm.


US release of Deadwing

The release date for Deadwing in the US is now confirmed as 26th April. You can launch an ecard here. A special hardbound book version and a 2LP vinyl edition will also be released on the same day.


New Porcupine Tree album

The new Porcupine Tree album Deadwing is released on 28th March by Warner Music in Europe, and on 19th April by Lava in the US. Recorded between March-October, the album has been mixed in both stereo and 5.1 versions. Once again the 5.1 mix was done in collaboration with Grammy award winning producer Elliot Scheiner.

There are guest appearances by Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, and Adrian Belew of King Crimson.

The track listing of the album is:

1. Deadwing (9.46)

2. Shallow (4.17)

3. Lazarus (4.18)

4. Halo (4.38)

5. Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (12.02)

6. Mellotron Scratch (6.57)

7. Open Car (3.46)

8. The Start of Something Beautiful (7.39)

9. Glass Arm Shattering (6.12)

Despite being included on promotional copies, there may or may not be a hidden track on the final retail copies.

deadwing.com is a microsite dedicated to the album, with audio, video and other media relating to the album and the film screenplay on which it is based.

The European tour starts at the end of March, and a US tour will commence in mid May. Please keep an eye on the Porcupine Tree website for regular updates and additions to the band's concert schedule for 2005. Confirmed dates so far:

03/31/2005 UK, Nottingham Rescue Rooms (special warm up show)

04/01/2005 UK, Wolverhampton Wulfrun

04/02/2005 UK, London Astoria

04/03/2005 UK, Bristol Bierkeller

04/05/2005 UK, Cambridge Junction

04/06/2005 UK, Manchester MDH

04/08/2005 UK, Glasgow Garage

04/10/2005 HOLLAND, Amsterdam, Paradiso

04/11/2005 HOLLAND, Tilburg 013

04/12/2005 GERMANY, Cologne Burgerhaus Stollwerck

04/13/2005 GERMANY, Berlin Columbia Club

04/14/2005 POLAND, Bydgoszcz Philharmonic Hall

04/15/2005 POLAND, Krakow Wisla Hall

04/17/2005 GERMANY, Hamburg Markthalle

04/18/2005 GERMANY, Bochum Matrix

04/19/2005 GERMANY, Frankfurt Batschkapp

04/20/2005 GERMANY, Karlsruhe Substage

04/21/2005 GERMANY, Munich Elser Zusatzhalle

04/22/2005 SWITZERLAND, Pratteln Z7

04/24/2005 ITALY, Milan Transilvania

04/25/2005 ITALY, Rome Qube

04/27/2005 SPAIN, Barcelona Bikini

04/28/2005 SPAIN, Madrid Aqualung

04/30/2005 FRANCE, Paris Elysee Montmartre


PT gathering in Toronto

There will be a Porcupine Tree Enthusiasts' gathering in Toronto on April 25th. Click here for details.


PT Forum Closes

The forum / discussion board that was part of this site has now been closed until further notice. If you would like to discuss Porcupine Tree and related subjects with other fans there is a new forum at www.porcupinetreeforum.co.uk. Or you can subscribe to the dark matter email based discussion group. Please note that both are run by fans for fans, so the band are not responsible for their content.


Vinyl releases

Gates of Dawn Records will issue a limited edition 2LP vinyl edition of the new Porcupine Tree album Deadwing to coincide with the release of the Lava CD version in the US. It will be in a gatefold sleeve, with poster. Those who have copies of other Gates of Dawn vinyl sets, such as Porcupine Tree's Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape, or the Blackfield album, will know of the incredible high standard and quality of their releases. More news on ordering this item as soon as we have it. In the meantime news on 2 other forthcoming vinyl releases:

In April comes the next vinyl reissue in the Porcupine Tree Delerium years catalogue - a 2LP set in gatefold sleeve of Voyage 34, subtitled "The Complete Vinyl Trip" since it contains the full length 19 minute mix of Phase IV. This phase was remixed and abridged to 13 minutes by SW for the CD version because he felt that the original 12 inch mix created for the then thriving chillout club circuit did not stand up so well as a home listening experience. But it is restored to full length once again on Side 4 of the double LP.

Finally, No-Man's most recent album Together We're Stranger receives a vinyl release, which makes it the band's first album since 1994's Flowermouth to be released in this format. Apart from the four part suite that takes up the whole of side one, side two also includes Bluecoda and The Break-Up For Real (drum mix), both exclusive to this release. The LP will be released on 180 gram high quality white vinyl, housed in a lavishly produced gatefold picture sleeve, and comes in a limited edition of 500 copies. Together We're Stranger will be released on 28th March on ToneFloat.

All of these LPs will be available to pre-order from the Porcupine Tree on-line store when they are due. Note that the PT store does not make items available to pre-order months before release dates, and the only company that may be able to ship you your order a few days before the PT store is the issuing label itself.

Also in the pipeline for vinyl junkies are limited edition 7 inch versions of Steven Wilson's Cover Version singles I + II.


Blackfield tour is now unplugged!

Unfortunately, due to problems obtaining US visas for the full band line up of Blackfield, the March US concerts are not able to take place as planned. Had the problems obtaining the visas been anticipated the shows would never have been confirmed, but as tickets have been selling for the 4 east coast dates, Aviv and SW will instead perform a special unplugged show including Blackfield and solo sets.

The dates are:

9th March - Boston, Middle East Club

10th March - NYC, Canal Room

12th March - Grape Street Pub, Philadelphia (early show - 7.30pm)

14th March - Washington DC (Arlington), Iota Club

These performances will naturally be much more stripped down and intimate than originally planned, but hopefully all the more special as a result. Many apologies to all those who were looking forward to the full Blackfield band show, but on this occasion despite everyone's best efforts, it proved impossible to proceed with the tour in this way.

In the meantime there is a possibility that the full Blackfield band will be special guests at some of the Porcupine Tree US shows in May-June.


Lazarus single

Warner Music issue Lazarus as the first single from Deadwing on 14th March in Germany (correction to previously announced German release date of 7th March) and Poland. No other countries have decided to issue a commercially available single from the album as yet, but this may change. Additional non-album tracks on the CD single are So Called Friend, and Half-light (originally planned as the epic closing piece on Deadwing, but replaced by Glass Arm Shattering).


Richard Barbieri - Live UK and Japanese dates

Burning Shed present:

March 1st, 2005 - Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12.

Richard Barbieri (ex Japan, Porcupine Tree), Tim Bowness (No-Man), Anathema (acoustic) and Markus Reuter (Centrozoon, Europa String Choir).

Richard Barbieri makes his debut solo performance in the UK in support of his new album 'Things Buried'.

Tim Bowness and band (including Peter Chilvers, keyboards, Pete Morgan, bass, Michael Bearpark, guitar, Stephen Bennett, synths, and Andrew Booker, drums) will be playing songs from Tim's recently released One Little Indian album, 'My Hotel Year'.

Anathema perform their epic and atmospheric songs in a unique acoustic setting.

Renowned touch guitarist Markus Reuter will be performing a short set of his ambitious, loop-based, compositions.

Doors open, 7.45pm, performances begin, 8pm. Tickets £9 online (exclusively from www.burningshed.com) and £10 on the door.

Performance times to be announced shortly.

Richard will also be performing a 40 minute set at the Marillion Weekend on March 13th. See marillion.com for details and booking.

Also confirmed are Richard's first solo Japanese shows. In sponsorship with Roland Synthesisers, he will play at Osaka, Bigcat on February 8th and Tokyo, O-East on the 11th.


Deadwing US release date

Lava Records have posted on their website a release date for Deadwing of 26th April. However, please note that this does not affect the European release date of 21st March. In addition the scheduled North American release date is still unconfirmed and it is possible it will be much closer to the European release.


Shallow available to download

Shallow, the first US single from Deadwing, is now available for download from the following online vendors:

Sony Connect



The track should also be available from iTunes shortly.


Carbon Nation Issue 3

The third issue of Simon Clarke’s independent PT fanzine Carbon Nation is now available. Contents include:

* Richard Barbieri discusses his first solo album

* SW talks about his favourite artists and what he listens to

* Blackfield talk abouttheir future plans

* In depth reviews of the Blackfield and SW gigs in London

* Part 2 of the first ever Bass Communion SW interview

* History and review of the Warszawa live album

* Competition to win Blackfield rarities

* Plus many exclusive photos, including the recent Blackfield tour and PT in the studio

48 pages with a full colour cover.

To order go to www.carbon-nation.co.uk


Up the Downstair reissue

Work is now complete on a new version of Porcupine Tree's "Up the Downstair" album, originally issued in 1993. Gavin Harrison recorded new drum parts, replacing all of the programmed and sampled drums, and the whole album has been remixed to improve the sonic quality and depth of the music, whilst staying as faithful as possible to the spirit of the original release.

The new version will be issued as a 2CD set by Snapper Music on 23rd May, with a remastered version of the "Staircase Infinities" mini album on the second disc.


Repress of Bass Communion / Coleclough / Potter CD

A second pressing of SW's Bass Communion collaboration with Jonathan Coleclough and Colin Potter released on Colin's ICR label, is now available to pre-order from the PT Store. This repress of 500 copies will be definitively the last pressing of the 2CD set. Copies will be shipped in early January.


Blackfield download single available now!

The special Blackfield download single, featuring 3 different versions of the song "Blackfield",
is now available at www.recordstore.co.uk/blackfield.
Every download by fans in the UK counts towards the new UK download chart.


Richard Barbieri solo album "Things Buried"

"Things Buried" the debut solo album from Richard Barbieri is released on December 6th
and is now available to order online at The Burning Shed
and richardbarbieri.net.
The album will not be in record stores until next year. There should be information at the respective
sites as to whether orders will be processed and delivered before Christmas.
Atmospheric in places but more often dynamic and rhythmic, the album also features the distinctive
performances of Percy Jones on fretless bass and Andy Gangadeen on drums. Total running time - 51 minutes.
Richard will be playing tracks from the album when he supports Blackfield
on their Eurpean tour and the cd will also be available at the merchandise stand.

More live solo shows expected early next year.


Blackfield download single

A special Blackfield download single will be released on 12th December, featuring 3 different versions of the song "Blackfield".

1. Blackfield (video edit) 3.41

2. Blackfield (unplugged live 13/9/04) 3.37

3. Blackfield (extended version) 6.02

The downloads will be available from the Blackfield website at a cost of 99p per track (SMS quickbuy also available at £1.50), with every download by fans in the UK counting towards the new UK download chart.


Porcupine Tree - new album update

Both the stereo and 5.1 mixes of the new Porcupine Tree album are complete and were mastered in New York in November. While work on the artwork and packaging (including a very special limited edition version) is underway, a website dedicated to audio, video and other media relating to the new album will launch in the very near future. Watch this space....



The deluxe LP version of The Sky Moves Sideways is now in stock at the PT Store. This amazingly packaged set includes all of the material from the expanded 2CD edition across 3 LPs in individual picture sleeves, plus an exclusive bonus 7" single with picture sleeve that includes 2 versions of "Men Of Wood"; one from the Sky Moves Sideways sessions, and an earlier version from the Up the Downstair era.

Also back in stock is the 3LP (plus 7 inch single) version of Coma Divine, and the 2LP version of Signify.

The SW Cover Version II CD single is almost sold out of it's one-off pressing - the PT store has the last few copies. Meanwhile for fans of SW's Bass Communion project he has contributed a very minimal 20 minute Bass Communion piece to a series of CDRs called "Drone Works" issued by UK label Twenty Hertz. This is only available directly from the Twenty Hertz website.



After working together since 1991, Porcupine Tree and manager Richard Allen have decided to part company. 12 years is a long time in the world of rock and roll and Porcupine Tree has certainly been a roller coaster adventure. However all rides end, life changes, and time moves ever onward, so Richard would like to wish Porcupine Tree continued success whilst he concentrates on raising a family, running Molten Records, Lightning Tree Records, and his online mail order company www.freakemporium.com. Richard would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the people over the years who have helped him and the band. You know who you are!


Blackfield European Tour (UPDATE)

Blackfield, the collaboration between Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen, are happy to announce that following successful debut shows in Tel Aviv and London, they will now undertake a full European tour, with special guest Porcupine Tree's Richard Barbieri performing material from his forthcoming solo album.


27 - Greece, ATHENS, Rodon Club (tel: +2119559900 or +210 5247427)

29 - Belgium, VERVIERS, Spirit of 66 (tel: +32 87 35.24.240)

30 - Holland, RIJSSEN, Lucky (tel: 0900 - 300 1250)


1 - Holland, ZOETERMEER, Boerderij (tel: 0900 - 300 1250)

3 - Germany, BERLIN, Columbia Club (tel: 01805 562030)

4 - Germany, HAMBURG, Knust (tel: 01805 562030)

5 - Germany, COLOGNE, Prime Club (tel: 01805 562030)

6 - Germany, BOCHUM, Matrix (tel: 01805 562030)

7 - Germany, ASCHAFFENBURG, Colosaal (tel: 01805 562030)

8 - Germany, KARLSRUHE, Substage (tel: 01805 562030)

9 - Switzerland, PRATTELN, Z7 (tel: 061-8214810)

10 - Italy, MILAN, Transilvania (tel: +39.02.392261)

12 - Austria, SALZBURG, Rockhouse (tel: +43 (6272) 2041414)

13 - Poland, KRAKOW, Rotunda

14 - Poland, BYDGOSZCZ, Kuznia


PT Store update

The new edition of Porcupine Tree's Voyage 34 is issued on Monday and all pre-orders will be shipped out over the weekend from the PT Store. Housed in a completely new digipack sleeve, including many new images by Lasse Hoile, the album has also been definitively remixed and remastered.

Also due at the store in November is the 3LP vinyl edition of The Sky Moves Sideways, with bonus Men of Wood 7 inch (2 versions).

Finally, a small number of the special T-shirts made for the Blackfield London show are also available to buy mail order from the PT Store. They come in four sizes and feature the album cover artwork on a sewn patch stitched onto a plain black shirt. High quality and ethically sourced (in other words not made in a sweat shop!)


Snapper Reissues

The new 2CD editions of Porcupine Tree albums "The Sky Moves Sideways", "Signify" and "Coma Divine" are released by Snapper on 26th July. These reissues are identical in content to the recent (but now deleted) Delerium 2CDs, with the exception that the artwork on the new editions has been reformatted into fold out digipacks. The next two reissues will be the long unavailable early PT releases "On the Sunday of Life..." and "Voyage 34" in digipacks. There is no bonus material on these CDs, but Voyage 34 has been given a third and definitive remix, and the artwork has been completely revamped with new Lasse Hoile images (cover pictured). On the Sunday of Life will be released on 20th September, and Voyage 34 on 18th October.


Recording Update

Lasse Hoile has been photographing PT in various studios during the recording of their new
album, and some of these photos can be seen here. Sessions are running on a little longer
than expected, and the album is now expected to be finished by September. In the meantime
there is a new interview
with SW at Innerviews
in which Adrian Belew discusses his contribution to the album.


Blackfield Vinyl

The vinyl edition of the Blackfield LP is finally back from the pressing plant, and it was worth the wait as it is a thing of beauty, complete with bonus 12 inch single, gatefold sleeve and poster.

Those in the US can now purchase direct from Gates of Dawn Records. Those in Europe can purchase from Headphone Dust using the paypal address headphonedust@hotmail.com. Price is £20 plus £3 postage in the UK (or £3.50 for recorded delivery), £4.50 to elsewhere in Europe (or £7.80 recorded). Please note that if you don't use the recorded delivery option Headphone Dust can't be responsible for the item getting lost in transit. For those who prefer to use a credit card to make their purchase the Porcupine Tree online store will have the LP in stock later this month.


PT Recording Update

Porcupine Tree are still in the studio working on their new album. 14 tracks are in various states of progress, from which the final running order of 9 or 10 will be selected:



So Called Friend


Open Car


The Start of Something Beautiful


Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

Glass Arm Shattering

Mother and Child Divided


Mellotron Scratch


We hope to have some audio clips available later in the Summer as the album nears completion.

Contrary to rumours the album remains untitled at present, and no release date is confirmed.


Snapper Reissues Update

Snapper have decided to reformat their versions of the PT remasters into digipacks rather than the Delerium crystal case / slipcase combination. These versions will be released on 26th July. The Delerium editions are now discontinued, although there are still some available from the Porcupine Tree online store. Also back in stock at the store is the 3LP + 7 inch single vinyl box set of Coma Divine.


New Blackfield video

Blackfield - the collaboration between Aviv Geffen and Steven Wilson - release the international version of their album on 23rd August through Snapper Music. To promote the album a video for the song "Blackfield" was filmed in the UK, directed by Lasse Hoile. You can see it here.


Delerium Catalogue Licensed to Snapper

Following the success of their Porcupine Tree / Delerium Years box set anthology "Stars Die", Snapper Music have now licensed the entire 1992-97 PT back catalogue from Delerium. This means that Snapper will now complete the process of revamping and reissuing the PT albums from this era.

The Snapper editions of the exisiting 2CD remasters of Coma Divine, Signify and The Sky Moves Sideways will be available from July 26th with no changes to the content. In the autumn will follow remastered / repackaged versions of On the Sunday of Life, Voyage 34 and Up the Downstair (the latter also partly re-recorded).


Lightbulb Sun back in stock

Lasse Hoile has been photographing PT in various studios during the recording of their new
album, and some of these photos can be seen here. Sessions are running on a little longer
than expected, and the album is now expected to be finished by September. In the meantime
there is a new interview
with SW at Innerviews
in which Adrian Belew discusses his contribution to the album.


Signify 2LP set

The second deluxe vinyl release in the revamping of the PT catalogue is a 2 LP set of what many regard as the band's best Delerium era studio album. This reissue consists of a new vinyl master of the original album spread across the first 3 sides, with three bonus tracks from the same era "The Sound of No-one Listening" "Colourflow in Mind" and "Signify II" on Side 4. Housed in a gatefold sleeve featuring one of the finest album sleeves of all time, this is a beautiful package. The double LP is now available from the Porcupine Tree online store.

The next release in the series will be a triple vinyl version of The Sky Moves Sideways with a bonus 7 inch single containing two versions of "Men of Wood" in it's own picture sleeve. This should be issued over the Summer.


Arrow Festival appearance cancelled

Porcupine Tree have been forced to pull out of performing at the Dutch Arrow Festival on 13th June due to their commitment to completing the recording of the new album. Originally it was planned that the album would be finished in time for the band to rehearse and play at the festival, but schedules have slipped a few weeks leading to the reluctant cancellation of their appearance. Sincere apologies to anyone who may have bought a ticket for the festival in the hope of seeing the band, but right now the band's priority is to complete the album in time for a September release and a major tour to follow.


DVD-A Media Events

DTS recently held two special playback events for the media in London and NY to officially launch the release of the 5.1 surround sound DVD-A of Porcupine Tree's In Absentia album. Richard and SW went over to NY for the event at Avatar Studios. The photo here shows from left to right; Richard, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, SW and Elliot Scheiner who mixed the surround version (photo by Studio M).


Bass Communion 7 inch available

The limited edition 7 inch single by SW's Bass Communion project is now available to pre-order from the Klanggalerie website. The "Vajrayana" single contains two 7 minute long pieces that are more rhythmic than the music on the recent Ghosts on Magnetic Tape album.

Normally Klanggalerie singles are limited to only 100 copies, but the Bass Communion edition has been increased to 200 copies. Even so the one off pressing is expected to sell out very quickly. Copies will be shipped in early May.

UPDATE 04-20-2004 : This item has now sold out from the Klanggalerie website, but a small number of copies that have been held back will be sold from a UK source after the release date. Watch this space.


Faulty DVDAs

The PT Store has had a number of enquiries about so called faulty copies of the In Absentia DVDA. Please note that there are three audio playback options on this DVDA, but in order to access the highest resolution 5.1 version a DVDA player capable of playing high resolution audio is required. On standard DVD players this option will not be available. This is NOT a fault with the disc! Most people will be accessing the the 5.1 mix on a standard DVD home cinema set up using Option 2, the standard 5.1 mix.


PT store closed until 13th April

The Porcupine Tree online store will not be shipping any orders between 1-13 April due to Pete Morgan taking a well earned vacation! Orders can still be made in the meantime, but will not be shipped until Pete gets back.


Ex-Wise Heads news

Colin Edwin's trio Ex-Wise Heads have a had a long overdue reissue for their first
album "No Grey Matter", this time on the band's own label Hard World.
Originally released in 2000, "No Grey Matter" features Geoff Leigh
(flutes/soprano sax/zither and electronics) Vincent Salzfaas (bookaraboo/talking
drum/percussion) and Colin on fretless bass and guimbri.

The "global improvised soundscapes" on the album have been described as
"lyrical, spacious and funky". Highlights include the intense "Song
for Jalil" and the atmospheric "Spirit Dance"

This release is now available online from the Porcupine Tree shop.

For more information, and to read the sleevenotes, check www.exwiseheads.co.uk


Forthcoming PT reissues

Coming soon is the next phase in the revamping of the Porcupine Tree Delerium back catalogue:

PT's debut On The Sunday Of Life... has been remastered and the packaging improved with the addition of sleeve notes and a slipcase. Voyage 34 has also been remastered and now has a completely new package complete with slipcase. Both these CDs have been out of print for the last year or so, but will be available again from June.

Also due in June is a 3LP vinyl edition of the band's third album and progressive rock extravaganza The Sky Moves Sideways. As with the 3LP set of Coma Divine issued last year the triple set is limited and housed in a lavish outer cover with three LPs in separate colour sleeves and a bonus 7" single (with its own picture sleeve) inside. The 7 inch single features 2 mixes of "Men Of Wood" - the 2000 mix included on the Stars Die box set, but also for the first time the original 1994 mix with drum machine that was included on early promo cassette copies of The Sky Moves Sideways.


PT in the Studio

Porcupine Tree are now in the studio working on their next full length album, their second for Lava Records and Warner Music worldwide.

The as-yet untitled album will have everything from long pieces such as the 10 minute plus "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here," to shorter songs such as "Shallow" that will hopefully continue the postive foundation that "Blackest Eyes" created for the band at radio. As with previous PT albums, there will be a diversity of styles and dynamics but overall the direction is more rock than metal this time. Sessions are scheduled to finish by early June, with a worldwide release date planned for September (not the staggered release that In Absentia received). A major tour will follow.

Steven wrote much of material on his own as usual, but for the first time several songs were also written during collective band writing sessions. Most of the songs are lyrically based on a movie script that SW wrote with Mike Bennion that has been described as a "surreal ghost story."


Richard Barbieri on Radio One with the Bays

Richard Barbieri will be joining The Bays for an improvised one hour long live session on the UK John Peel show (BBC Radio 1) on Wednesday evening, 7th April. The Bays, fronted by exceptional drummer Andy Gangadeen, have no ambitions to release their music, and it remains a purely live experience with each performance completely unique.


DVD-A shipping delay

Apologies from the band for the delay in shipping out copies of the In Absentia DVD-A bought on pre-order. Unfortunately being based in the UK the PT store are bound by the UK distributor's release date, which kept get putting back. This meant that long after the DVD-A was issued elsewhere in the world we were still unable to supply copies. However, the DVD-A is now finally in stock and the discs are shipping out.


Note on In Absentia DVD-A compatability

There has been some confusion about the DVD-A surround sound version of In Absentia and exactly what you need to play it. The disc will play on any DVD player and the special features and menus can be navigated, as well as the original stereo mix which is included. A 5.1 surround sound amplifier/speaker combination is necessary in order to access the surround sound mix - many people already have this capability with a home cinema set up. Finally, a high resolution version of the surround mix is included for real audiophiles, but this requires a dedicated DVD audio player.

The surround sound DVD-A of "In Absentia" is available from the Porcupine Tree online store


Second XM Session Broadcast

Last Summer Porcupine Tree returned to the studios of XM Radio in Washington to record their second session for the station. After some delays the recording will air for the first time on Monday 8th March at 10 pm on the Music Lab Channel. It will be repeated at the same time and channel on the 9th and 10th.

The session comprises 8 songs from the band's live repertoire, none of which are repeated from the previous XM session.


Gavin Harrison at Italian National Music show

Gavin will be at the Italian National Music show (DISMA) in Rimini between the 13th-16th March playing on the EKO stand for Sonor drums.


Porcupine Tree at Arrow Festival

Porcupine Tree have confirmed their first live appearance of 2004 at the Arrow Festival in Holland. The band will play between 5-6pm on Sunday the 13th June. Other acts appearing over the weekend include David Bowie, Manic Street Preachers. Alice Cooper, Judas Preist, Yes, and lots of guitar players that go widdle-widdle. Other PT festival appearances are expected to be announced soon.


European Tour T-Shirts

The re-run of the European tour t-shirts is selling fast - XL size is now sold out, and there are only a few left of L and M. The band are planning to do reissues of some other older cover design based shirts and would be interested in comments from fans regarding which ones they would most like to see. You can leave your comments in the "PT Discussion" page in the forum.


Blackfield acoustic show live from Tel Aviv

Blackfield, the project of Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen, is currently in Israel promoting the highly successful release of the Blackfield album there (international release to follow in the spring). On Thursday 19th Feb there is chance to see them playing a short acoustic set and chatting with fans live on the net at Walla. Broadcast will start at 9pm Israeli time (7pm GMT, 2pm EST).


DVD-A and T-Shirts at the PT Online Store

The surround sound DVD-A of "In Absentia" is now available to pre-order from the Porcupine Tree online store . Also in stock (in the merchandise section) are a limited re-run of the recent European tour T-shirts. These are based on the XM CD artwork, with a list of tour dates on the back.


SW mixes Paatos

Steven Wilson has just completed mixing the forthcoming album by Swedish band Paatos, who opened for Porcupine Tree at shows in Sweden earlier this year. The as yet untitiled album will be issued in May by Inside Out. For those not familiar with this superb band please check out their website.


Porcupine Tree Covers Website

Fuse the Sky is a new website hosting cover versions of Porcupine Tree songs:

"Here you will find an ever-evolving and growing collection of cover versions of songs by seminal UK band Porcupine Tree and more, performed by fans. All contributions are welcome. Please contact us if you'd like to submit a cover song."



There are several new items in stock at the Porcupine Tree online store.

Copies are now available of the Israeli edition of Porcupine Tree's Lightbulb Sun album. This is the double CD version which is the same as the long sold out German tour edition, minus the slipcase. It includes the bonus EP with songs from other PT releases and the Piano Lessons video. This is the only edition of the album currently available.

You can now pre-order the limited edition gatefold sleeve version of Ghosts on Magnetic Tape by SW's electronic/ambient solo project Bass Communion. The CD will be sent out during the week commencing 2nd Feb. For more info on this album see SW's website.

Blackfield's Hello promo single was briefly available at the store, but all 50 copies sold out within an hour (and before we could announce it here) and this item will not be available again so apologies to those who didn't manage to get one. The full Blackfield album should be in stock at the store towards the middle of February.

Finally Porcupine Tree's Warszawa CD is now in stock and all pre-orders are being shipped.


Warszawa CD available to pre-order

The Warszawa live in Poland CD is now available to pre-order from the Porcupine Tree online store and will be shipping out week commencing 2nd Feb. This is the second CD to be issued on Porcupine Tree's Transmission label and is a live recording made by Polish radio during the band's 2001 tour (the last with Chris Maitland on drums). The CD runs over 79 minutes and features almost the entire performance remixed from 32 track master tapes into pristine sound quality, which is far superior to the original on-air broadcast. The Warszawa CD comes in a beautiful digipack sleeve and is exclusive to the PT store. It is available to preorder now.

The first Transmission release "XM" is now sold out.


In Absentia DVD-A

As previously announced, a new surround sound mix of Porcupine Tree's In Absentia will be issued in February by DTS. Steven spent time in the USA in October and December to oversee the new version, which was mixed by multi-grammy award winning producer and surround specialist Elliot Scheiner.

The disc contains three versions of the album : (1) A high resolution audio surround version for playing on dedicated DVD-A players, (2) A standard resolution surround version which can be played on any DVD player with surround speakers connected, (3) The original stereo mix (at normal 16 bit CD resolution and not at higher resolution as previously announced).

The DVD-A also contains a wealth of bonus material, including video, photo galleries and three additional tracks mixed for surround : Drown With Me, Chloroform and Futile. This is the first time that Futile (recorded in January 2003 after the original album's completion) has been issued commercially in any form.


Carbon Nation Photograph Request

The UK based Porcupine Tree fanzine Carbon Nation is looking for
contributions in the way of photographs taken during Porcupine Tree's recent tour(s) for their second
issue. If you took some photos and are interested in making them available to the fanzine, please drop editor

Simon Clarke an email. Any photos used will be fully credited.

The first issue of Carbon Nation is available from


Porcupine Tree wallpapers

There are now special Lasse Hoile designed Porcupine Tree computer desktop wallpapers available to download in the multimedia section.


New Photo Galleries

Now available in the live photo gallery are two sets of new images from photographers who have both worked closely with Porcupine Tree. The first is a set of atmospheric shots of the band on stage in London and Rome this year by Luigi Colasanti Antonelli. The second is an informal road diary series by Lasse Hoile from the band's recent European tour (for a glimpse of what it's really like to be on the road with PT!).


2003 Tour intro music download

Due to many requests the band have made available a version of the intro
used at their 2003 shows as an mp3 download from this site.
This piece contain elements from many other PT songs, see if you can spot them all!

We Lost the Skyline

On the 4th October 2007 Porcupine Tree arrived for an in-store performance and signing session at Park Avenue CDs in Orlando, Florida, with 200 fans also in attendance. Although it was originally planned that the full band would play, lack of space dictated that it was only the 2 guitarists / singers Steven Wilson and John Wesley who delivered an impromptu performance, including many songs rarely (if ever) played by the band, making for a very special and intimate show. Fortunately this one-off performance was captured by a remote recording facility and the complete 8 song, 33 minute show is now being released in a mail order only CD, with a digipack sleeve created by photographer Lasse Hoile and designer Carl Glover. The CD will be available to pre-order soon from the PT Store, and is expected to ship in the week commencing 11th Feb.

Dutch vinyl specialists ToneFloat will also release a quality 180gm vinyl edition of “We Lost the Skyline” in a gatefold sleeve, with a limited and numbered edition of 1,000 copies on marbled vinyl, and a regular edition on black vinyl. These editions will be released on 18th March, but will also be available to pre-order soon from the ToneFloat website. The Porcupine Tree store will also stock the vinyl editions once they are released.

Full track listing for the album is:

1. the sky moves sideways (4.02)

2. even less (3.27)

3. stars die (4.33)

4. waiting (3.52)

5. normal (4.52)

6. drown with me (4.09)

7. lazarus (4.29)

8. trains (4.04)

We Lost the Skyline CD

On the 4th October 2007 Porcupine Tree arrived for an in-store performance and signing session at Park Avenue CDs in Orlando, Florida, with 200 fans also in attendance. Although it was originally planned that the full band would play, lack of space dictated that it was only the 2 guitarists / singers Steven Wilson and John Wesley who delivered an impromptu performance, including many songs rarely (if ever) played by the band, making for a very special and intimate show. Fortunately this one-off performance was captured by a remote recording facility and the complete 8 song, 33 minute show is now being released in a mail order only CD, with a digipack sleeve created by photographer Lasse Hoile and designer Carl Glover. The CD will be available to pre-order soon from the PT Store (please do NOT email to ask when), and is expected to ship in the week commencing 11th Feb.

Dutch vinyl specialists ToneFloat will also release a quality 180gm vinyl edition of We Lost the Skyline in a gatefold sleeve, with a limited and numbered edition of 1,000 copies on marbled vinyl, and a regular edition on black vinyl. These editions will be released on 18th March, but will also be available to pre-order soon from the ToneFloat website. The Porcupine Tree store will also stock the vinyl editions once they are released.

Full track listing for the album is:

1. the sky moves sideways (4.02)

2. even less (3.27)

3. stars die (4.33)

4. waiting (3.52)

5. normal (4.52)

6. drown with me (4.09)

7. lazarus (4.29)

8. trains (4.04)

We Lost the Skyline CD

UPDATE: We Lost the Skyline is now available to pre-order from the PT Store.

On the 4th October 2007 Porcupine Tree arrived for an in-store performance and signing session at Park Avenue CDs in Orlando, Florida, with 200 fans also in attendance. Although it was originally planned that the full band would play, lack of space dictated that it was only the 2 guitarists / singers Steven Wilson and John Wesley who delivered an impromptu performance, including many songs rarely (if ever) played by the band, making for a very special and intimate show. Fortunately this one-off performance was captured by a remote recording facility and the complete 8 song, 33 minute show is now being released in a digipack sleeve created by photographer Lasse Hoile and designer Carl Glover. The CD will be available to pre-order soon from the PT Store (please do NOT email to ask when), and is expected to ship in the week commencing 11th Feb.

Dutch vinyl specialists ToneFloat will also release a quality 180gm vinyl edition of We Lost the Skyline in a gatefold sleeve, with a limited and numbered edition of 1,000 copies on marbled vinyl, and a regular edition on black vinyl. These editions will be released on 18th March, but will also be available to pre-order soon from the ToneFloat website. The Porcupine Tree store will also stock the vinyl editions once they are released.

Full track listing for the album is:

1. the sky moves sideways (4.02)

2. even less (3.27)

3. stars die (4.33)

4. waiting (3.52)

5. normal (4.52)

6. drown with me (4.09)

7. lazarus (4.29)

8. trains (4.04)

More Skyline news

Thanks to all those that have so far pre-ordered the We Lost the Skyline CD from the PT Store. These CDs will now ship during week commencing 18th February, one week later than originally announced, apologies for this short delay. In addition we can now confirm that the following week will see the CD released to US retail, exclusive to the Think Indie chain of stores. You can check locations of these stores on the Think Indie website.

More Skyline news

Thanks to all those that have so far pre-ordered the We Lost the Skyline CD from the PT Store. These CDs will now ship during week commencing 18th February, one week later than originally announced, apologies for this short delay. In addition we can now confirm that the following week will see the CD released to US retail, exclusive to the Think Indie chain of stores. You can check locations of these stores on the Think Indie website.

BASS COMMUNION - Pacific Codex

The new album by Steven Wilson's ambient / drone orientated project Bass Communion is now available. "Pacific Codex" is the most lavishly packaged Bass Communion release yet, and will start shipping on 11th Feb, but you can pre-order a copy now from Headphone Dust.

'Pacific Codex' is possibly the most minimal and zen-like beautiful of all Bass Communion releases so far, a single 40 minute piece based entirely on processed and layered recordings of metal sculptures and gongs, creating complex waves of deep subharmonic sound. To fit with the oceanic theme, Carl Glover has designed an elaborate box set package which includes both stereo CD + 5.1 surround sound DVD-Audio discs housed in a thick card gatefold sleeve, a 36-page perfect-bound full-colour booklet, and a 2-sided thick card hand-numbered insert, all housed in a super-thick case-bound card box (slipcase style).

US customers are encouraged to order / reserve their copies directly with the US label Equation Records.

To tie in with the release of 'Pacific Codex', there is also a repress of the 2 disc edition of Bass Communion's "Ghosts on Magnetic Tape", which includes the original album and the full length Andrew Liles reconstruction in a miniature thick card gatefold sleeve. This will ship at the same time as Pacific Codex, and you can pre-order both releases together from Headphone Dust to save on postage costs.

More Skyline news

Thanks to all those that have so far pre-ordered the We Lost the Skyline CD from the PT Store. These CDs will now ship during week commencing 18th February, one week later than originally announced, apologies for this short delay. In addition we can now confirm that the following week will see the CD released to US retail, exclusive to the Think Indie chain of stores. You can check locations of these stores on the Think Indie website.