You’ve got to love when the public latches onto a “new band” that has been around for ages. Such is the case with superior progressive rock outfit Porcupine Tree.While their excellent new album Fear Of A Blank Planet is the band’s third global release through Atlantic Records, it is actually its ninth studio album since 1992, not including various remix and rare track compilations that have emerged over the years.
Progressive ambition and Beatlesque pop can make strange bedfellows. Using that formula, however, Supertramp developed into one of biggest-selling acts of the ’70s.
If the very nature of being progressive is to be innovative and always moving forward, then Detroit area rockers Tiles certainly adhere to and embrace that philosophy.
Always experimental, often grandly theatrical conceptually, but usually grounded in melody and the simple things that made its music eminently tuneful, the arty, English prog-rock outfit Nektar never quite established a beachhead in America.
Porcupine Tree has inspired hundreds of bands some have dubbed “post progressive.” To keep up with the legions of these like-minded bands, Snapper Music has reactivated the Kscope label.
Some music fans argue that progressive rock remains mired in the dark ages. They point to the genre’s reliance on concept albums, vintage analog instruments and overlong songs as proof. Then there’s Marillion, a British group that enjoyed mainstream success during the 1980s with such albums as Script for a Jester’s Tear and Misplaced Childhood.
Progressive-music fans must have treasured the recent holiday season, considering the slew of impressive box sets, reissues and compelling one-off projects that appeared at the end of 2008 and early in the new year…
Marillion has toured the world over, sold millions of albums, played to audiences as large as 150,000 people, and recorded one of the most famous progressive rock albums ever.
by Michael Popke — If you frequent online progressive-rock communities, you’ve no doubt seen the question “What is prog?” posted countless times. …
Modern prog puzzlers Porcupine Tree make all the musical pieces fit.