04-18-2013 04:57 PM
Steven Wilson has confirmed that Porcupine Tree are on indefinite hiatus while he concentrates on his solo career.
He admits he doesn’t have time to pursue all the projects he’d like, and so he’s had to make a choice on which ones matter most to him.
And for now, it’s his latest album The Raven That Refused To Sing And Other Stories – meaning that Porcupine Tree and Blackfield must take their chances.
Wilson tells Something Else Reviews: “Blackfield has made a new record, though I’m not as involved with it as much as I once was.
“Aviv, my partner in Blackfield, wrote all of the songs, but I helped him to produce and record, and I sang on a few songs. They have some great guest singers, so Blackfield is certainly moving forward. The last thing I want to be doing is holding other people back.”
But he describes Porcupine Tree’s position as “slightly more complex,” explaining: “It can’t really happen without me instigating it, being the main writer and director.
“I don’t have time in my life to do that and do what I’m doing now. I guess I have made the decision, right now, to concentrate on the solo career.
“But that’s not to say the band has broken up or anything like that. It’s always conceivable that we could get back together in a year or five years, or 10 years. I really can’t say – there are no plans at the moment.”
Wilson recently told Prog of The Raven That Refused To Sing: “It’s still a solo album – but it’s become a band in its own right, and because of that, it hopefully has more of a sense of cohesion.”
Porcupine Tree’s last release was live album Octane Twisted in 2012, but the frontman earlier this year announced plans to release a number of tracks recorded when he used the title as his solo monicker.
04-18-2013 05:18 PM
04-18-2013 05:24 PM
Porcupine Tree is one of my favorite bands. I like his solo stuff just fine, but I prefer his primary band. I hope that he goes back to them soon!
i posted this with you in mind!
04-18-2013 05:34 PM - edited 04-18-2013 05:35 PM
I enjoy various incarnations of PT, but I have concluded that Steven Wilson IS Porcupine Tree, so any solo efforts to me are viewed much the same with changing band members. I've accummulated quite a few releases including a couple recent "solo" efforts... I was shocked how freaking prolific the guy is, especially in the last few years. I quite enjoyed the last effort... too bad Guthrie Govan didn't tour with them during this tour. The rhythm section is monsterously good, and tight!!
04-18-2013 05:44 PM