I have always been drawn to Progressive Rock bands, as much as I wouldn't think I would. I mean, come on, some of the most famous bands are pretty out there. Bands of note include YES, Jethro Tull and Deep Purple.
What I like about all of these bands, and Progressive Rock in general, is that they tend to push music outside what is comfortable and popular. I love it when a band plays something that leaves me with a "what the heck was that?" sound in my ears. Because of this attraction, I was almost immediately drawn to Porcupine Tree when their CD appeared on my desk when I was working at Ticketmaster early in the 2000s. We regularly received boxes full of cds that promoters wanted us to check out (mostly when I was working with LiveDaily). I saw the cover for In Absentia
and was immediately drawn to it. Not because I was looking for a new prog-rock band to follow but mostly because it looked like a metal album cover... so I nabbed it.
After putting the album in, I was initially taken back and disappointed that I didn't have in my grasp the next "unknown" metal band that I could share with all my friends. I eased up after a few listens and was dumbfounded in how I could categorize the album. I couldn't think of any other band that sounded anything like this new find.
That was almost 10 years ago now and I am still regularly going back to this band to satisfy my musical cravings. They blend all kinds of different rock into a stew of greatness. Some metal, some orchestra, some harmony and a few other styles mix together to create this super-group.
Over the years I have turned a number of folks into Porcupine Tree fans. How about you, web traveler? You up for a wild ride? Check out some of the tracks in the player to the right or explore one of the many links on this page to find out more. Enjoy!!
FG, yes. This section is a "work-in-progress", so bands that are in my headphones the most at any given time get the spotlight. Certainly, if I were to highlight my favorite bands of all time, Floyd would be at the top of the list. Man, I have a lot more to do on this site, don't I?
Really?? Porcupine gets a feature before Pink Floyd??
Hrmmmm... weird name. Never heard of these guys. Will have to check them out and get back to you. Nice write-up though.