Porcupine Tree, Pure Reason Revolution - Drugged by Porcupine Tree
What is it with bands who wish that people don�t smoke at their concerts?! I personally can�t stand it when I�m drinking a few beers, or more, but most people respected Porcupine Tree�s wish in the Effenaar in Eindhoven at the 26th of June. Well, what the heck, Porcupine Tree�s music was a drug strong enough anyway!
Opening act Pure Reason Revolution had some technical problems at the beginning of their set, but managed to tackle them and gave a show with many layers and sometimes almost annoyingly catchy singing lines. These many layers couldn�t all be played by the musicians so too many of these layers were on backtrack which was a somewhat weird sight. They couldn�t really get a reaction from the crowd but that was probably just because not many people knew the strong mix of prog rock, some grunge and some metal influences. A band worth to check out once.
From the first notes of �Fear of a Blank Planet� the barefooted Steven Wilson and his companions created a cosy vibe in the big and overcrowded venue. On the backdrop a beamer reflected nice psychedelic images and visuals, which added to the great musical skills of the musicians; this combination was absolutely shivering! The entire album that was released a few months ago, Fear of a Blank Planet, was played, so that included �Anesthetize� which was also played at their previous DVD promo tour when it wasn�t released yet. Because of the length of the song it was nicknamed �The Beast� at the time, but it surely also deserves that name because of the fantastic, low riff which is the climax of the song. Songs from Fear of a Blank Planet were alternated with great songs from other albums such as �Mother and Child Divided� and �Drown With Me�. It was a fantastic set and with an almost magical feeling I went home, totally drugged by Porcupine Tree, but far from an overdose.