Mammal’s Merry Memories: Porcupine Tree – Stars Die (1995)

Porcupine Tree truly sprang to prominence with their 2002 album, In Absentia. It was their seventh album and marked the start of their international stature as a heavy prog rock band. Up to that time, Porky Tree had been a space rock band.

Their third album, The Sky Moves Sideways (1995), is my favourite from their early period. This was the album that contributed the most to their unofficial title of “The Pink Floyd of the Nineties”. It didn’t win Porky Tree many fans in the metal community — space rock is usually too soft and proggy for that.

In 1995 there were only three permanent members of the band — the colossally talented Steven Wilson doing vocals and guitars, Richard Barbieri on keyboards and Colin Edward on bass. Drummer Chris Maitland had toured with the band and contributed to studio recordings, including three tracks on The Sky Moves Sideways. He became a regular member in 1996.



About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on May 25, 2014, in Mammal's Merry Memories and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Good pick – I’m familiar with most of PT’s repertoire, but this is a song which has somehow passed me by. Very much of a piece with the band’s space/psychedelic period – what strikes me though, is how distinctive Wilson’s melodic sensibility remains, even later when PT embraced hard rock/metal, and carries thru to his solo records.

    My fave PT song without a doubt is (the splendidly-titled) Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled (below) though Anesthetize comes in a close second. Perhaps unsurprisingly, parent albums Lightbulb Sun and …Blank Planet are also my favourite LPs, though the On The Sunday Of Life compilation also scores highly.

  2. ChristopherMammal

    My favourite is Deadwing.

  3. lifelifedeathdeath

    First time ever hearing this band, to be honest. And it just hits me… I really have to start listening to them!

    • You’re in for a treat lifelifedeathdeath – they’re a band who do a number of styles very well, from the spacy/psychedelic early albums, some kinda indie-pop – albeit still experimental – in the middle and full-on prog with a bit of a metal edge later on. This is my other favourite, which showcases a bunch of different moods and styles in one brilliant, 17-min blow-out:

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