Porcupine Tree are an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band’s music. However, by 1993, Wilson desired to work in a band environment, and so brought on frequent collaborators as permanent band members. Porcupine Tree’s early sound evokes a style of psychedelic rock comparable to that of progressive rock band Pink Floyd. By the early 2000s, the band signed to a major record label and shifted their sound again, this time in a more progressive metal direction.
I happened upon Porcupine Tree by chance when I saw them mentioned in an online article back in about 2002. I was intrigued by the name and ordered the album that the article referenced, Signify, their fourth studio effort. I loved it from the first listen and within a few months I had purchased their entire catalog. I have since purchased every new album and seen them live four times, the first time in Philadelphia. I took that road trip because they had no announced dates close to Houston. As it turned out they swung by on the second lag of the tour and I saw them again.
Porcupine Tree is my second favorite band, nipping at the heels of Camel. I have an affection for their earlier work as it is contained much more ambient sonic textures which were quite incredible. Their later recordings have prog metal leanings but they always maintain some sense of their earlier sounds with the softer passages. I highly recommend them to anyone
Unfortunately they are on hiatus for who knows how long while Steve works on his solo stuff. I sure hope they don’t call it quits as a new PTree album is always something to get excited about.