Monday, May 6, 2013

Exclusive Interview: Steven Wilson

This past Friday, Mick and I had the extreme pleasure of sitting down and talking with the one and only Steven Wilson.  It was the longest interview we've ever done, clocking in at nearly thirty minutes (!) and encompassing a wide range of subjects, including his solo work, his responses to the public's responses to his albums, and his feelings on the term "prog."  Needless to say, it was a huge honor to get to speak with a living legend, and you definitely don't want to miss our interview below.

Of course, merely speaking to a genius isn't enough for Mick and I, so later that evening we returned to Chicago's Park West (a decidedly lovely venue, fwiw) to see him perform.  We both left with our heads blown and the knowledge that we had seen one of the best live performances possible.  He played the entirety of his new, fantastic album The Raven that Refused to Sing, but not straight through, breaking it up with songs from his other solo albums.  The musicianship was top notch, and Mick went as far as to say that SW's performance of "Raider II" was the best live rendition he's ever seen.  I would be hard-pressed to disagree.  After playing for two straight hours (!!!), he came back with an encore of "Radioactive Toy," a song from his first solo album I was unfamiliar with, but was incredible.  The entire set list is posted below, right above our interview; rest assured if you have the opportunity to catch this tour, you should do so.

Luminol (The Raven that Refused to Sing)
Drive Home (TRtRtS)
The Pin Drop (TRtRtS)
Postcard (Grace for Drowning)
The Holy Drinker (TRtRtS)
Deform to Form a Star (GfD)
The Watchmaker (TRtRtS)
Index (GfD)
Sectarian (GfD)
Insurgentes (Insurgentes)
Harmony Korine (Insurgentes)
Raider II (GfD)
The Raven that Refused to Sing (TRtRtS)
Radioactive Toy (Porcupine Tree)

- Durf

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