INDEX – Wilson, Hoile, Glover. INDEX is a deluxe hardback book, illustrating the visual language of Steven Wilson by his long-term collaborators Lasse Hoile & Carl Glover.
The book covers the period between Porcupine Tree’s 2002 album ‘In Absentia’ and Steven’s fourth solo album ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ from earlier this year.
INDEX – Wilson, Hoile, Glover
The 240 page book features an introduction from Steven, as well as an interview in the form of an extended conversation between Lasse and Carl, alongside a collection of 340 images (178 of which are unpublished).
Steven Wilson has been writing, recording and producing music continuously since the age of 10 to become one of the world’s most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music. Multi-instrumentalist, producer, founder member of Porcupine Treeand worldwide acclaimed solo artist, Steven has been four times nominated for a Grammy award.
Porcupine Tree is an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band’s music.
However, by late 1993, Wilson desired to work in a band environment, and so brought on frequent collaborators Richard Barbieri on keyboards, Colin Edwin on bass and Chris Maitland on drums as permanent band members. With Wilson still in charge of guitar and lead vocals, this would remain the lineup until February 2002, when Chris Maitland left the band and Gavin Harrison was recruited as his replacement.
Porcupine Tree’s early sound evoked a style of psychedelic rock comparable to that of progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Upon signing with Kscope record label in the late 1990s, the band approached a more mainstream alternative rock sound. By the early 2000s, the band signed to a major record label and shifted their sound again, this time in a more progressive metal direction.
After the release and tour in support of their tenth studio album, The Incident, their biggest commercial success to date, the band became inactive as Wilson committed himself to his solo work, and other members began working on their own separate projects. Wilson hasn’t ruled out a reformation, but has no particular plans for it either.
During a career spanning more than 20 years, Porcupine Tree earned critical acclaim from critics and fellow musicians, developed a cult following, and became an influence for new artists. However, their work mostly stayed away from mainstream music, being described by publications such as Classic Rock and PopMatters as “the most important band you’d never heard of.”