My introduction to Porcupine Tree


When I was a young teenager I was into rock and metal. My favourite band was Nickelback, which I discovered back in 2001, when I was twelve years old. Of course, Nickelback is still one of my favourite bands out there, so you’re allowed to point your pitchforks at me, haha! I always had the feeling that I ‘missed’ something in the rock and metal music I listened to. It was too ‘straightforward’, while I was looking for rock music with surprising elements, a certain atmosphere and ‘more going on than the regular rock music’.

The album In Absentia was my introduction to Porcupine Tree’s music, back in 2007. My ‘then boyfriend’ was (and I hope he still is) a progressive rock fan, who introduced me to a lot of modern prog music. I grew up with the ‘old’ prog rock, thanks to my parents. Bands like Pink Floyd, Focus and Mike Oldfield, but I never knew that ‘progressive rock’ was still alive.

I saw the video clip of Blackest Eyes on YouTube and I was completely hooked, the bombastic intro gave me goosebumps! The track contained everything what I ‘missed’ in the rock/metal music I listened to. The ambiance, the surprising elements, it had everything!

I remember that I listened to In Absentia a lot when I was cycling and traveling with the train, because I lived one hour traveling from my ‘then boyfriend’. I had a free public transport travel card because I was a student, and I really ‘abused’ that card when I had it. I travelled through the complete country because I love to travel with the train. I actually listened to a lot of Porcupine Tree albums since 2007, because I ‘just discovered’ them. I still listen to a lot of their music, I listen to one PT album at least once a week.

Drown With Me, which is not on the original In Absentia album but on the bonus disc, is actually my favourite track. It’s one of my all-time favourite songs I love to listen to. The singing in the chorus is so beautifully done! Trains became one of the most important Porcupine Tree classics, and I do understand why!

In Absentia is not my most favourite Porcupine Tree album, while a lot of fans praise this album as one of their best albums. I barely listen to it in its entirety anymore, even though I do like all the songs on the album. I personally prefer the earlier material, the music that they made from Up The Downstair up to Lightbulb Sun, with Signify as my personal favourite.

I saw Porcupine Tree live back in 2009, during The Incident tour. A great experience! Too bad it was the first, and also the last time I would see them live.

I think Porcupine Tree is one of those bands I will always listen to… When I’m 80, I would probably still give their albums a spin! I do not have a desire to have children of my own, but I would love to be ‘that awesome aunt who has a wonderful music taste’! I will spoil my future cousins with lot of Porcupine Tree music!

A big hug from your roving reporter!

Iris, aka Ier!

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17 thoughts on “My introduction to Porcupine Tree

  1. Neil Sharp

    I love the fact you’re sharing your personal experiences in music discovery, I’m a big PT/SW fan, I do hope he will at some stage put out some more material with PT, but it doesn’t look likely soon.
    Thank you again X

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    • Thank you very much for reading this dear Neil! 🙂 I secretly hope Porcupine Tree comes back soon someday, but I don’t think it will ever happen.


      • Reed

        I love all things PT/SW, too, having discovered PT by chance on a local radio station in 1997!
        I do think that there WILL be a day that PT does reform and put something out and support it with a tour – I hope it’s a tour that comes to my neck of the woods – Ohio, USA.

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      • Thank you for your reply, Reed. 🙂 I hope that they will tour someday, and that they will visit the US too! You’re an early fan!


  2. David

    PT has come the closest to fulfilling all of my musical preferences,which is saying something since I have major ADD concerning music. It has gotten me through some major depressions as well

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  3. The best thing about PT’s tracks are that you rediscover them. You listen to a track, find it okayish, and then one fine day try it again and woahh…. ‘how could I have missed this !!!’.

    Happens to me all the time.

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