Published May 15, 2009British outfit Porcupine Tree may be rather difficult to define, in terms of their oddball sonic forays, which embrace everything from rock to trip-hop and all stops in between, but it certainly hasn't stopped the 22-year-old outfit from selling a lot of CDs. And really, we're assuming that's why Roadrunner Records has snapped them up. While being signed to Roadrunner International for a Japan-only deal since 2006, the studio quartet/live quintet are now all Roadrunner's, with their currently untitled tenth studio album being released worldwide on September 22. According to the label, the full-length affair features a 50-minute-long continuous song cycle, along with three additional "shorter" songs. We presume that means the first song is almost an hour long, á la doom/stoner metal outfit Sleep's 1999 opus, Jerusalem. Nice.
Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R Monte Conner was plugged for a quote on this one. He states, "Porcupine Tree have been making vital and important music for many years now but over the last few years in particular, that music has been reaching many new ears. Roadrunner hopes to not only continue that growth here in the U.S. but accelerate it and expose the world to the massive talent this band have. I am honored to welcome Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree to the Roadrunner fold."