Archive for June, 2012
Steven Wilson has posted the release date and front cover of his upcoming live concert DVD/Blu-ray on his Facebook & Twitter feeds. It will be released through Kscope on September 25th, and there will be a special edition that will include the live soundtrack spread across two discs. Steven recently posted on his Twitter that we will be getting preview material in the run up to it’s release. Let us know what you think of the DVD/Blu-ray cover, posted below!
Steven Wilson was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone India, and we’ve posted the highlights from the interview below – you can read the full extensive interview (in English) over on Rolling Stone India’s website, here. Most importantly, Steven mentions that he is trying to get his solo tour to India next year, which means that there will possibly be further solo touring after the release of Steven’s third currently untitled solo album next year.
At your recent show in London, you played an unreleased song, “Luminol,” from your upcoming album. It was an up tempo track that was quite different from a lot of your recent output with Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion and your solo band.
Yes, I know what you mean. Grace for Drowning was very dark and introspective, The Incident as well. Of course, Storm Corrosion is the antithesis of an upbeat record! I love going into sound textures, but I think one of the things that came out of playing with the band live is the incredible energy and joy, particularly playing with Marco [Minnemann] and Nick [Beggs]. I feel like I want the next album to be a bit of a reaction to Grace for Drowning. I always want every record to be distinctly different and I had the idea that I wanted the new record to be a little more in-your-face.
The other part of what you’re talking about is the move away from metal. After Fear of a Blank Planet, the metal thing for me was played out. The Incident began to move a little bit away from metal. Storm Corrosion completely rejects the notion of metal and even rock. Grace for Drowning also rejected the whole metal thing which I had been so sated with from about 2002 to 2007. There is a search for me now, creatively, to find ways to be upbeat and in-your-face without having to rely on metal and “Luminol” was the first attempt at that.
Speaking of India, three years on, what do you remember of your visit?
Can’t wait to go back! That’s the summary of the experience. I loved it. We were only there for two days and it was too brief. I absolutely loved it. Crazy, crazy place and I love crazy places. A lot of passion for music which, to be honest, you don’t get in England these days. Great to see young people that are so passionate about rock music. The women were beautiful, the weather was wonderful, the food was great, what can I say? In fact we’re trying to get the solo tour to go to India next year.
Steven Wilson has joined the Twitter revolution! If you have a Twitter account, you can follow Steven on Twitter @StevenWilsonHQ. To help kick things off, he’s posted a link to an unreleased demo of a Porcupine Tree track titled ‘Godfearing’. Steven left a note on his SoundCloud profile discussing the track, which I’ve posted below.
I found this on an old computer – it’s a demo for either the In Absentia or Deadwing albums, something that never got used – I can’t be totally sure because while it shares lyrical themes with the songs on In Absentia, one of the melodies seems to relate to another piece from Deadwing era. I don’t remember too much about it, other than I guess it wasn’t good enough to get any further than this. Rescued from the abyss, so I only have a compressed audio file of this one, sorry about that – SW
Online store and label Burning Shed have launched a new store, which categorises all of Steven Wilson’s remixes of classic rock records. Included in the store are remixes of albums by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Jethro Tull and Caravan.
The launch of this store indicates that many more famous classic rock albums will be remixed and remastered into 5.1 surround. Steven’s latest remixing work was done on two ELP records, the self titled Emerson, Lake & Palmer debut and Tarkus, respectively. It was recently reported that Steven had remixed Jethro Tull’s ‘Thick As A Brick’ into 5.1, and as that record is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year, it’s very possible that we’ll see that released very soon.
Here’s the third and final part of our video interview with Porcupine Tree’s Gavin Harrison. In this part, Gavin talks about the best and worst aspects of being a drummer, and the future of Porcupine Tree. This interview was filmed before final gig of the Gavin Harrison & 05Ric UK Tour on June 7th 2012. You can watch part 1 of the interview here, and part 2 here.