Porcupine Tree: New interview with bassist Colin Edwin, talking about the status of the band, published.
The Interviews website has published an interview with Porcupine Tree's bass player Colin Edwin where he talks about the status of the band. The interview was conducted by Anil Prasad and a brief extract is given below:
What’s your perspective on the status of Porcupine Tree?
The status is we haven’t had any discussions on when to do anything. At the moment, the band exists as an entity. I hope we won’t leave it too long, because we really have put a lot of work into building up the band. I know there still is a lot of interest in Porcupine Tree. It would be a shame to let that pass. We haven’t had any discussion about knocking it on the head. I think at some point there will be more Porcupine Tree, it’s just a case of when. I don’t think it’s anytime soon. I’m not going to hang around and wait for it, because everyone is doing their own thing.
I think the band has real chemistry. When we made The Incident, we spent a couple of weeks in the studio. It was just the four of us working up the material and coming up with new stuff. It was very productive. I don’t doubt that would be the case again if we got back together. I don’t think we would be scratching our heads wondering what to do. I’m sure we’d come up with something good.
Not everyone looks back at The Incident favorably. What’s your take on the album?
At the time we made it, I felt it was the best mix of old Porcupine Tree, by which I mean Chris Maitland-era stuff, and the newer direction with more metal elements. I used to refer to it as the most complete album. But after having to play it night after night as a complete thing, the gloss wore off a little bit for me. I thought the problem with it is a lot of the material didn’t work when we took it out of context. When we did a festival date and did a part of The Incident, it wouldn’t feel right. When we played the whole thing, it felt very strong and complete. Now, I look back at it and don’t think it’s the best Porcupine Tree record. I don’t know what is. It’s difficult when you’re involved with it. I like In Absentia. It was a very exciting time to go to New York and make an album with a decent budget. I really like Lightbulb Sun too. There’s a kind of adventurousness to that one.
What are your thoughts about the group’s legacy to date?
I’m very happy to be in a band that people care about. I still get messages from people who love the group and want to get details on what I played on various tracks. I think everyone in the band can look back on it and be quite proud of it. Most bands don’t get anywhere near as far. We’re also fortunate to look back on the records and realize that a lot of them have stood the test of time. Porcupine Tree has been an amazing thing to be a part of, whether or not it does anything again. It’s been a fantastic journey and I think all of us would agree we achieved more with the band than we ever thought was possible.
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