“It’s very impressive, but it means nothing to me”

Call me smug, but I think we can safely classify this as “nothing shocking.” Steven Wilson the newly reunited British prog metal band porcupine tree sat down for an interview Hack music theory recently and shared some of his thoughts on guitar playing, particularly the fast shredder style that is synonymous with metal and hard rock. You can watch the video below.

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“I think it’s great that people can play like that,” he said Wilson. “But the fact of the matter is they feel the need to remind everyone that they can play like this all the time – to me it’s not music, it’s sport. It’s like an Olympic sport. The best analogy I can give is if we’re talking – if we’re trying to communicate through language – I’d tell you anything at 100 miles an hour. I would just babble the words without emphasizing emotion, feeling or pronunciation like I do now. This is not communication. I feel the same way with this kind of guitar shredding. It’s very impressive, but it means nothing to me.”

porcupine tree announced last year that they were reuniting for the first time since 2010 and their latest LP, closure/continuation, was released last month. The band have also released a full in-studio session which they recorded at AIR Studios in London, England. You can see this performance below.

porcupine tree will hit the road this September and you can see all the dates confirmed so far below.

9/10 – Toronto, ON @ Meridian Hall
September 12 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
September 14 – Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall in Fenway
September 16 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
September 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
September 18 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
September 20 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater
September 23 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory
September 25 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theater
September 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
September 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
10/4 – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center
10/7 – Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
21.10. – Berlin, DE @ Max Schmelinghalle
23.10. – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
24.10. – Milan, IT @ Forum
27.10. – Stockholm, SE @ Globe
28.10. – Copenhagen, DK @ Falkoner Theater
30.10. – Katowice, PL @ Spodek Hall
2.11. – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
4.11. – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche Arena
6.11. – Oberhausen, DE @ KP Arena
11/7 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggodome
11/9 – Zurich, CH @ Hall 662
11/11 – London, UK @ SSE Arena

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