Porcupine Tree

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English progressive rock band founded in 1987 by Steven Wilson in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Originally a pseudonym for solo recordings by Steven Wilson, Colin Edwin, Chris Maitland & Richard Barbieri joined the band in 1993 and the band stayed that way until 2002, when Chris Maitland left the group, and Gavin Harrison replaced him.

Since their last album "The Incident", the band has not officially disbanded, as many would like to think.
Steven Wilson has stated that Porcupine Tree will never be his prime focus again but only a side project. But he is open for more material in the future should the opportunities present itself.
Reason for this is because PT never let him explore beyond the core genre of the band like his solo work would allow him to do.
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Porcupine Tree - Tarquin's Seaweed Farm album art Porcupine Tree Tarquin's Seaweed Farm (Album) No Man's Land (3) UK 1989 Sell This Version
DELC0003 Porcupine Tree - The Nostalgia Factory album art Porcupine Tree The Nostalgia Factory(Cass, Album) Delerium Records DELC0003 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - On The Sunday Of Life... album art Porcupine Tree On The Sunday Of Life... (Album) Delerium Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Up The Downstair album art Porcupine Tree Up The Downstair (Album, EP) Delerium Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Spiral Circus album art Porcupine Tree Spiral Circus (Album) Delerium Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways album art Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways (Album, Single) Delerium Records, Delerium Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Signify album art Porcupine Tree Signify (Album) Delerium Records Poland 1996 Sell This Version
DELEC PROMO CASS 10 Porcupine Tree - Insignificance album art Porcupine Tree Insignificance(Cass, Promo) Delerium Records DELEC PROMO CASS 10 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Coma Divine album art Porcupine Tree Coma Divine (Album) Delerium Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Porcupine Tree - Demo album art Porcupine Tree Demo(Cass, Promo) Not On Label (Porcupine Tree) none UK 1997 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Metanoia album art Porcupine Tree Metanoia (Album) Chromatic Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Stupid Dream album art Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream (Album) KScope, KScope US 1999 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb Sun album art Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun (Album) Kscope UK 2000 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Recordings album art Porcupine Tree Recordings (Album) Kscope UK 2001 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia album art Porcupine Tree In Absentia (Album) Lava US 2002 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Sampler album art Porcupine Tree Sampler Lava 2002 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - XM album art Porcupine Tree XM (Album) Transmission Recordings, Lava Europe 2003 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Futile album art Porcupine Tree Futile Lava US 2003 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Warszawa album art Porcupine Tree Warszawa (Album) Transmission Recordings UK 2004 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing album art Porcupine Tree Deadwing (Album) Lava Russia 2005 Sell This Version
Transmission 4.1 Porcupine Tree - XMII album art Porcupine Tree XMII(CD, Album) Transmission Recordings, Lava Transmission 4.1 UK 2005 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Rockpalast album art Porcupine Tree Rockpalast Porcupine Tree Download Store UK 2006
HEAT 41, SMACD882 The Broken Family Band / Porcupine Tree The Broken Family Band / Porcupine Tree - Balls / Coma Divine(CD, Album, MP) Track & Field, Snapper Music HEAT 41, SMACD882 UK 2006 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet album art Porcupine Tree Fear Of A Blank Planet (Album) Roadrunner Records Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Porcupine Tree - We Lost The Skyline album art Porcupine Tree We Lost The Skyline (Album) Transmission Recordings UK 2008 Sell This Version

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comsat38

comsat38

May 14, 2018
Best to leave labels out of it: PT are/were(?) a rock band, plain and simple. I don't know what the word "progressive" could possibly mean when speaking of music (any music). Were the Doors progressive? Musicians play a style that suits them, and then maybe change that style over time (or not). The changes, when they happen, are not "progressive": it's just a change of style. Looking back to the 1970's, when all this started, I think a lot of people used the word "progressive" to mean "bombastic", or was that just King Crimson? Some of SW's songs are very moving and that's all that matters: e.g. "Buying new soul", but there are many others.
Subhuman5

Subhuman5

May 10, 2018
May be interesting: the german collectors' magazine Oldie Markt has started a many-part worldwide discography and story about Porcupine Tree and all members. The first five parts are out now. Seems very detailed. You can take a look here: http://www.bielekat.info/om-mag/om-03-18-fb/index.html
geracchr

geracchr

February 22, 2017
edited 11 months ago
I recently read on Wikipedia that Fripp thought Prog Rock should have died when King Crimson broke up. Fripp and other music "experts" on same article mention how Prog Rock became so derivitive and if it couldn't "progress" ... then it should die. So why then did Fripp collaborate with SW? All I know is that when I found Porcupine Tree and SW music, it gave me a reason to live again in today's world of (mostly) garbage pop music. There is so much innovation in SW's work and I am emotionally moved by this epic music. I won't try to understand the mind of Fripp, but the [professions of] music critics and music experts are what should die. Prog Rock fans and consumers are blessed to know what greatness PT has delivered beyond Prog Rock, so much fusion of so many genres and styles. Truly great music put out there for all of posterity. This old guy's lovin it!!!
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

February 10, 2017
PT is more or less history. Altough there might be something in the future. But it has left a legacy behind them that few other band can achieve.
bell-end

bell-end

November 28, 2016
I cannot add anything to what has already been said below other than to say that I am mostly an ambient/electronica/modern classical enthusiast but I simply cannot,and will not,ignore the output of Steven Wilson et al.everything done by PT is outstanding.for me,they deserve the same revere as King Crimson,if not more.
Chalkers

Chalkers

March 18, 2016
Perhaps the most criminally under-appreciated band of all time? Tags such as 'prog rock' do this band a huge disservice; their music is extremely accessible and is only progressive when it needs to be. The band know the importance of strong melodies and song-craft over instrumental 'wankery' and is often just as much pop, heavy rock or psychedelic as it is 'progressive rock'. I honestly believe that Steven Wilson is one of Britain's finest songwriters of all time.
sebsgs

sebsgs

October 24, 2015
Not one single little sound is out of place in Porcupine Tree's records. Steven Wilson is a master of sound and emotion, putting every bit of work together exactly how it should be. He can make you feel however he wants. Porcupine Tree's entire discography is a magnum opus, even albums from back when it was only him and lots of DIY studio equipment. He knows how to carve the perfect music with the materials at his disposal.

Now, accented by Gavin Harrison's amazing drumming talent, Colin Edwin's everpresent bass, and Richard Barbieri's immersive soundscapes, Wilson's guitar and lyrical talent are only amplified further, bringing Porcupine Tree to a new level of amazing.
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

April 20, 2009
Forget or leave aside all other progressive-rock bands like Dream Theater and such. Porcupine Tree is the most fulfilling band i have heard. If you check out their "Arriving Somewhere" DVD, you see that these guys are the most prominent band ever in the genre that also have nailed the 5.1 sound perfectly that pisses all over other concert releases.
The geeky but genius Steven Wilson is a brilliant songwriter who worked hard to lift the band up and forward. And the result has been astounding.
Porcupine Tree is also Britain's music industry best kept secret.
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