Porcupine Tree released their first new record in 13 years Closure/Continuation last Friday and will soon hit the road for a reunion tour. Now in an interview with Under The Radar, Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson reveals that he and keyboardist Richard Barbieri recently began discussing the possibility of doing another record. Wilson added that another record could see the band going in a new sonic direction that largely focused on keyboards over guitars.
"I suspect it will be the last time we'll tour. I think it's quite possible we might make another record. In fact, I was speaking with Richard about it. We were in Germany a couple of weeks ago doing promo in Berlin, and somebody asked me that question.
"I thought, 'Well, you know what? I think there's a way forward.' A track like 'Walk the Plank'—which is one of the last tracks we did—which doesn't have any guitars on it at all, and kind of reflects the fact that I've moved more and more towards electronic music. I wondered about making a Porcupine Tree record where we just focused on keyboards, rather than guitars. It would have to be something different to justify doing it."
While we've all been referring to the Porcupine Tree comeback as a reunion, Wilson also stated that he doesn't see it that way. "We never broke up and we've been making this record for the last 10 years," he said. "In fact, pretty much since we were in the slipstream of the finishing of the previous tour. So is that a reunion? I don't think so. It's no different to Tool coming back after 15 years with their next record. We've been quicker than that. [Laughs.]"
Catch Porcupine Tree at one of the dates below.
9/10 – Toronto, ON @ Meridian Hall
9/12 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
9/14 – Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway
9/16 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
9/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
9/18 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
9/20 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
9/23 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
9/25 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
9/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
9/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10/4 – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center
10/7 – Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
10/21 – Berlin, DE @ Max Schmelinghalle
10/23 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
10/24 – Milan, IT @ Forum
10/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Globe
10/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Falkoner Theatre
10/30 – Katowice, PL @ Spodek Hall
11/2 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
11/4 – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche Arena
11/6 – Oberhausen, DE @ KP Arena
11/7 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggodome
11/9 – Zurich, CH @ Halle 662
11/11 – London, UK @ SSE Arena