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Concert Reviews and Photos

Porcupine Tree @ Metropolis – 09.29.09

10.05.09
Porcupine Tree

Music lovers of all kinds attended the sold-out Porcupine Tree show at Metropolis asking for no clarification from a band that defies genre. With soft-spoken words in tactful lighting, Porcupine Tree are true musicians focusing their energy on the music.The first half of the show, the band performed the entire first disc off their new album The Incident from start to finish. As the band played, a video accompanied every song. This video was not your typical Windows Media Player type but rather well thought out accompaniment to every song and its inherent dynamics. Stop motion animation, photography and live action all intermingled on the display creating a truly interesting visual experience to each song. Not like the band needed it – with each song being so dynamic in its own right. The crew behind the soundboard supported the bands true musicianship making each note fall on the ears of an appreciative crowd with exact precision and clarity. Lead singer and guitar player Steven Wilson, sporting long heavy-metal hair coupled with indie-rocker glasses, changed guitars 46 times each song, sometimes opting for a piano. But the piece de resistance was when Wilson pulled out what can only be explained as a video guitar… The body containing a video screen projecting some kind of lava-lamp-pattern-maker-hybrid thing that (like the band’s genre) defies clarity. By far the coolest thing on a guitar this writer has ever seen!

Adam Reider


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