Review and photos by Mike "Suicide" Santoro
Buffalo, NY - Steven Wilson isn't exactly a house hold name, he isn't a Grammy winner (although twice nominated) and he has never had a top ten hit…yet to listen to his music you would wonder why. Born and raised in the UK , Wilson has been playing music since he was a young boy. He was heavily influenced by his parents record catalog that included Pink Floyd, Donna Summers and others. He is most notable as the singer/ songwriter of the band Porcupine Tree which has become increasingly popular even while they currently are on hiatus and have no plans for a follow up album. If music is math then Prog-Rock is calculus. Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, and Tool are all in that genre in some shape or form. Progressive Rock with its roots in Psychedelic Rock would be hard math if it were math at all. The complexity of sounds, command of instrument, quality of songwriting and the dismissal of rocks conventional rules are qualities these bands share and with that help define a genre. Steven Wilson belongs among those ranks, he is a musician and he enjoys his job…and he is exceptional at it. Dismissing the typical 3 to 4 minute song for longer symphonic type signatures and mid song tuning changes, Steven Wilson and his bandmates create incredible music.
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