San Francisco, CA
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Lyrically based on stories of the supernatural, The Raven That Refused to Sing is Steven Wilson's third album.
One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of ten. A native of Hemel Hempstead in England, Steven was first exposed to music at the age of eight, when he started hearing his father listening to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and his mother to Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby,” two albums that were pivotal in the development of his musical direction. His father, an electrical engineer, built him a multi-track tape machine, and he began to experiment with overdubbing and developing a repertoire of production techniques. Early demo tapes started to emerge in the mid-'80’s while Steven was still at school, and at the end of the decade he created the two projects that gained him entry to the professional music world: Porcupine Tree and No Man.
Porcupine Tree explored psychedelia, progressive music, and his love of ambitious seventies music. Initially an imaginary “band,” Steven overdubbed all the instruments himself. This even extended to early demo tapes coming with a fictional written history of the band and biographical info about the fictitious performers.
Around the same time, Steven formed No-Man, his long-term collaboration with singer Tim Bowness. Influenced by everything from ambient music to hip-hop, their early singles and albums were a mixture of dance beats and lush orchestrations. Signing to One Little Indian in the UK and Epic in the US in 1990, they received tremendous accolades from the music press.
Also catch Steven Wilson at the Fillmore on May 9th!