July 13th 2020
Steven Wilson, most famously known as the founder, songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist of progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, was set to release his latest album in June of this year.
However, due to ‘unprecedented challenges,’ the English musician has pushed the release date of The Future Bites to January 2021. In other words, fans of the multi-talented rocker will have to be patient for a little while longer for his new music.
Hailing from London, England, Wilson’s career spans more than three decades with the inception of Porcupine Tree in 1987. Initially created as a solo project with Wilson writing and performing all of the music, he expanded Porcupine Tree in the early 90s into a band environment by adding collaborators such as Richard Barbieri as keyboardist, Colin Edwin as bassist, and Chris Maitland as drummer, which comprised as the band’s first permanent lineup.
For over 20 years, Porcupine Tree received widespread critical acclaim from critics and musicians,and developed a cult following thanks to the band’s hits such as Lazarus, Blackest Eyes, The Sound of Musak, Trains, Normal and countless others.
In the band’s early days, it roused a psychedelic rock sound comparable to 1960s Pink Floyd’s, but by the late 1990s Porcupine Tree had switched record labels and implemented a mainstream alternative rock style to its sound. A few years later — in the early 2000s — Porcupine Tree signed with a major record label, leading the band to change its style to a more progressive metal sound which resulted in the release of its biggest commercial success, The Incident, in 2009.
With the band disembarking in 2010, and largely staying away from the mainstream eye, publications such as Classic Rock and PopMatters described Porcupine Tree as "the most important band you’d never heard of.”
In addition to Porcupine Tree, over Wilson’s career he has stretched his talents over a range of other bands and musical projects.
With singer-songwriter Tim Bowness, No-Man is his and Wilson’s long-term collaboration, influenced by everything from ambient music to hip-hop in its early days, and from textural and experimental music after that. No-Man released its seventh album, Love You to Bits, in late 2019 after an 11-year hiatus.
Wilson’s other collaborations include I.E.M, Bass Communion, Blackfield — which is working on its sixth album as of May 2019 — and Storm Communion, which has since disbanded.
The musician’s solo career began in 2003 when he released the first of six two-track CD singles under his own name. By 2008, Wilson released his first full-length solo album, Insurgentes, and has released five more over the last 12 years, not including his up-and-coming release.
Although fans will have to wait six more months for The Future Bites, Wilson’s follow-up to his 2017 release To the Bone, Wilson said on his website in April that new music and video is anticipated to be issued by October.
Despite the news, the new album can still be pr-ordered through Underground Music right here in Kelowna, BC. Various other albums from Steven's projects including Porcupine Tree are available right now at Underground Music's Online Store