In Absentia was all written before Gavin came on; even the drum parts were kind of programmed. But it’s one of those times sometimes in life when everything comes together. I’d written these songs and I was very much more interested at that time—having worked with Opeth—in the idea of combining a more kind of brutal or metal aspect back again into the fabric of the music. At the same time Gavin came along and Gavin was a very different drummer to our previous drummer, Chris Maitland. He was much more of a powerhouse and he was much more technical. He had more of a contemporary edge to his sound so it was just one of those really lucky things that he just came in and he played those songs and just blew everyone away and everything just kind of came together. And of course it was the first record we made for our new label and we got signed to a big American label for the first time [Lava Records]. Gavin was the final piece of that equation in a way—he just totally raised the bar in terms of not just the drumming but just the musicianship right throughout the band. Everyone was listening to Gavin and saying, “Fuck, wow. We really need to step up our game.”

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Porcupine Tree,
Fear Of A Blank Planet

Sleep Together - Porcupine Tree

This means out
This is your way out
Do or drown
Do or drown in torpor
Let’s sleep together right now
Relieve the pressure somehow
Switch off the future right now
Let’s leave forever
This is fate
This is your escape

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Ocarina of Time


Princess Zelda - Ocarina of Time

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Porcupine Tree - The Incident [Full Album]


Young Steven Wilson <3 <3 

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Porcupine Tree,
In Absentia


Porcupine Tree - Collapse The Light Into Earth

I won’t cover my head in the dark

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Anesthetize MomentsFear of a Blank Planet's first chorus.

There’s nothing left, I simply am not here.

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Porcupine Tree,
Stupid Dream


Porcupine Tree – Don’t Hate Me
Stupid Dream (1999) Albümünden

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A photo from Porcupine Tree’s mid-90s days, I’d wager.


A photo from Porcupine Tree’s mid-90s days, I’d wager.

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Steven Wilson Valentine’s Day Collection

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Mikael’s one of my best friends. The thing about Mikael and myself is we both arrived at a similar point from completely different starting points. When he was a kid it was death metal and when I was a kid it was psychedelic music, progressive music and Krautrock. We both kind of arrived at the same point and that gives us a very interesting dynamic together. Not only that—we both have a very similar role in our respective bands. We both understand each other and we can sympathize with each other about the problems of trying to hold a band together but trying to be what you might call a benign dictator. He’s one of the few people I know, well he‘s the only person I know that will completely understand what I go through and ditto with me vice versa with him. I totally understand his position and we also totally understand the position our respective bands [have in] confronting the expectations of our audience. - Steven Wilson

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