My introduction to Porcupine Tree (Part 2)


Earlier this week I posted a blog about my introduction to Porcupine Tree (which you can read here), and that I actually prefer the ‘older’ albums above the most recent ones… And a few hours later, after publishing that blog post, I suddenly thought about the album Fear Of A Blank Planet.

Fear Of A Blank Planet came out in the year when I was actually starting to listen to Porcupine Tree’s music (2007). I still remember when my ‘then boyfriend’ purchased the album, and not much later Nil Recurring, the EP that contained tracks that were made during the Fear Of A Blank Planet sessions (at least, I think that is the real story, please correct me if I’m wrong).

According to me, Fear Of a Blank Planet carries the same ambience as Signify. It’s a very dark album. It’s my favourite Porcupine Tree album of the ‘Gavin Harrison era’. The dark ambience that the album carries along isn’t the only thing that attracted me to this. The lyrics are brilliant, and some of the lyrics ‘reflect’ to my own life. It’s an album I won’t get bored with when I listen to it over and over again.

I purchased the album on vinyl on 21 May 2013 at a shop named Boudisque in Utrecht, The Netherlands (wow, almost exactly three years ago, a big thank you to Facebook for reminding me!). I bought it with a big discount, because Boudisque was going to quit as a physical store in that city, so they had to get rid of their collection. It was my last purchase in that shop (I also bought Lightbulb Sun on vinyl there, and some other records), so it became some sort of ‘symbolic farewell’ to that store.

Talking about big discounts, I bought the Anesthetize Vinyl Box Set for a bargain in a record store in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The reason why it was so cheap was because one of the corners of the box was slightly damaged, but everything else was still perfectly intact. I also bought a record of Nickelback in the same store, so sharpen your pitchforks again!

Well, maybe you can sharpen your pitchforks a little bit sharper, because I’m going to say something what most Porcupine Tree fans probably don’t like to hear; I prefer Chris Maitland’s drumming more than Gavin Harrison’s drumming. Don’t attack me yet, Gavin is a brilliant drummer, but a bit too technical and sometimes ‘tiring’ to my ears. I really get ‘tired’ when I try to listen to the Anesthetize Box Set in its entirety, and I’m not really fond of Gavin’s version of the track Dark Matter. Ok, I think I got virtually stabbed a million times by now, so I will shut up. 😉

A big hug from your roving reporter… Ouch, get away with that pitchfork again, will ya?

Iris, aka Ier!

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19 thoughts on “My introduction to Porcupine Tree (Part 2)

  1. Porcupine Tree is one of those bands where you only go so far in their albums and can’t get past a certain point or you don’t like them or just LOVE them. I…. LOVE THEM! Very jealous you have some of their albums on vinyl! Every album became a facet to their repertoire that opened up a new door and exposed another side of them and their creativity. And Steven Wilson’s solo work is so different from PT style and yet there are times where is mirrors it. They are one of those bands that pushed boundaries at a time when in the late 80’s, early 90’s Grunge was becomming a big thing, the new wave of commercial metal(Metallica, GnR etc) was fast on the rise and yet PT stood their ground and kept digging deeper in to Prog and gained a true fan base that wasn’t MTV or MuchMusic based. Sure they made videos and did TV appearances but they always put their music first I felt, more than anything. Complex music at times and simple harmonies and acoustic passages others combined with some of THE darkest lyrics around. Steven Wilson is often as quoted to saying that the saddest songs are often the most uplifting. The psychology behind their music is twisted and disturbing but also bright and brilliant. As always Lady Ier you bring out the best in bands! …….still SUPER jealous you have PT albums on vinyl !

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  2. I was introduced to Porcupine Tree in 2005 when some friends of mine had an extra ticket to a concert. Deadwing was my first album, and I rather slowly built up my collection over the years to the point of only recently having all of them. I always loved them, but I think certain life events pushed me to really fall more deeply in love with Steven Wilson’s music in general. My favorite albums are all over the place – I can’t say I prefer any particular time period more than others, but I never did really dig The Incident all that much. Some great individual tracks but I have a hard time with it as a whole. I definitely felt a little bit of IDGAF on Wilson’s part when I saw the tour that year (still great, just something was off).

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  3. Badger

    Hello Iris,
    I like reading your PT posts and appreciate your passion for the music. FOABP has some fantastic music but is so dark and depressing that I find it hard to listen to. All that teen angst, drugs, apathy, and suicide is just too much to take sometimes. There is no redemption there either which makes it harder to take. Anyway, that’s my 2 cents. Now, after having written all that, I’ll probably pull it up and listen to it again.

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