Went to the Fillmore last night with a couple of “normal” friends to see Porcupine Tree. It was my second time to see them. If you like Pink Floyd, you owe it to yourself to check them out. Awesome musicians, lush vocals.
In most shows, the opening act is brief, maybe half an hour. But last night’s opener was a group from Sweden called Opeth. Originally a death metal band, they have transitioned to progressive rock, sounding much like Porcupine Tree. Anyway, even though they were the opening act, they did a full show in their own right — so Porcupine Tree didn’t even get started until 11:00 p.m.! After driving back from “the City” (well, we dozed while my buddy Chris drove), Kay & I finally crawled into bed at 2:30 a.m. (Thanks, Mike, for babysitting!) We’re pretty spent — but we got two great shows for the price of one. Both bands understand the power of dynamics, and are able to build from a solo acoustic guitar to a raging wall of sound.
Porcupine Tree projected video imagery for many of their songs. The images, like the one on the left, communicate despair arising from broken family relationships — powerful stuff. I wish I could match it in our worship with imagery communicating hope and healing. …Are there any VJs floating around San Jose who can do with video what DJs do with audio? If you’re out there, I want to talk and see if we can collaborate.