Porcupine Tree Breaks 12 Year Silence With “Harridan”

[Cover photo credit to Alex Lake]

Grammy-nominated British Rock band Porcupine Tree has returned with their first new music in almost 12 years. The single Harridan is an eight-minute-long reintroduction to the band and is accompanied by a lyric music video.

“Harridan” also heralds the release of Porcupine Tree’s 11th studio album, Closure/Continuation, their first since The Incident, which will be due via Music For Nations/Megaforce Records on June 24, 2022 and will arrive in a number of formats from CD to several vinyl variants and cassette. There are also options with a special art book.

Porcupine Tree explains the origins of “Harridan”:

“‘Harridan’ and a few of the other new songs have been in play since shortly after the release of THE INCIDENT. They initially lived on a hard drive in a slowly growing computer file marked PT2012, later renamed PT2015, PT2018, and so on. There were times when we even forgot they were there, and times when they nagged us to finish them to see where they would take us. Listening to the finished pieces, it was clear that this wasn’t like any of our work outside of the band – the combined DNA of the people behind the music meant these tracks were forming what was undeniably, unmistakably, obviously a Porcupine Tree record. You’ll hear all of that DNA flowing right through ‘Harridan.’”

Porcupine Tree, consisting of Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri, and Gavin Harrison, will celebrate their return with a world tour, set to hit North America next Fall. The band recently unveiled a series of European and UK live shows, their first since October 2010.