Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the signing of British progressive rock band PORCUPINE TREE, one of the most difficult-to-categorize yet innovative bands making music today. The band's music ranges from psychedelic trip-hop to progressive rock, and a compendium of other sounds in between. Porcupine Tree have already been a part of the international Roadrunner family; they have been signed to Roadrunner International since 2006 and are now transitioning to all territories outside Japan.
Senior VP of A&R for Roadrunner Monte Conner says, "Porcupine Tree have been making vital and important music for many years now but over the last few years in particular, that music has been reaching many new ears. Roadrunner hopes to not only continue that growth here in the U.S. but accelerate it and expose the world to the massive talent this band has. I am honored to welcome Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree to the Roadrunner fold."
The band is fronted by singer/guitarist Steven Wilson, who, in addition to his critical acclaim with Porcupine Tree, is also known for his work producing other artists, such as Swedish progressive metal group (and now labelmates) Opeth and Norwegian chanteuse Anja Garbarek. Porcupine Tree have released three albums through Lava/Atlantic: In Absentia, Deadwing, and the Grammy-nominated Fear of a Blank Planet, which was recognized as "Best Surround Sound" album in 2007.
The album will contain a 50 minute long continuous song cycle, along with three additional "shorter" songs. Roadrunner plans to release the album on September 22nd. The band will embark on a U.S. tour to coincide with the album hitting stores.
Below is the initial run of tour dates:
September 15 – Moore Theater – Seattle
September 16 – Roseland – Portland
September 18 – Warfield – San Francisco
September 19 – Club Nokia – Los Angeles
September 21 – House of Blues – Cleveland
September 22 – Vic Theater – Chicago
September 24 – Terminal 5 – New York
September 26 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia
September 27 – House of Blues – Boston
September 29 – Metropolis – Montreal
September 30 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Toronto