Steven Wilson Live at Warwick Arts Centre

I knew very little abut Steven Wilson, and still don’t know all that much to be honest. I did know a couple of Porcupine Tree tracks but had no idea that he was in the band. So why the hell did I go and see him play live on Thursday? Well that was mostly to keep Dave company, so I had no expectations of the gig, actually, I had low expectations having listened to the latest album once and finding that it didn’t really do much for me.

The gig was at Warwick Arts Centre, which is on the Warwick University campus, which, in turn, is actually in Coventry. The Arts Centre was having some sort of renovation done so the bar I was planning to sit at and have a beer was closed. As a couple of young studs on the loose for the evening, Dave and I went to the cafe and had a baked potato instead, with a bottle of beer. We know how to live.

The Butterworth Hall, where the gig took place, was strangely set up as it was all seater. I didn’t think it strange at first, but as the gig progressed it didn’t really seem appropriate for the sort of music we were listening to with it being pretty loud and pretty damn heavy at times.

I did like quite a few of the songs, after I started getting into it a bit and understood a bit better what he was all about. I was going to say that I couldn’t tell you what most of the songs were called, then I found a complete list, which is useful:

  1. Intro (“Truth” short film)
  2. Set 1:
  3. Nowhere Now
  4. Pariah
  5. Home Invasion
  6. Regret #9
  7. The Creator Has a Mastertape
    (Porcupine Tree song)
  8. Refuge
  9. People Who Eat Darkness
  10. Ancestral

  11. Set 2:
  12. Arriving Somewhere but Not Here
    (Porcupine Tree song)
  13. Permanating
  14. Song of I
  15. Lazarus
    (Porcupine Tree song)
  16. Detonation
  17. The Same Asylum as Before
  18. Heartattack in a Layby
    (Porcupine Tree song)
  19. Vermillioncore
  20. Sleep Together
    (Porcupine Tree song)
  21. Encore:
  22. Even Less
    (Porcupine Tree song) (SW solo)
  23. The Raven That Refused to Sing

I rather enjoyed it in the end and will do some light investigation of what is a rather extensive back catalogue. I’ve streamed a few of the tracks already and they are growers. There was a transparent curtain pulled across the front of the stage for certain songs and projected on, that worked really well each time it was used.

I took a few vids on my phone, they are watchable, bits of some songs and one whole song, problem is, I can’t get them to upload. No matter, there’s similar in the playlist above.