The Pineapple Thief

– 12.8.2023
Prolific British prog rock band who incorporate the sounds of Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, and Muse into a sprawling, experimental experience.

British prog rock band the Pineapple Thief, led by founder and frontman Bruce Soord, are one of the most restless rock outfits of the 21st century. Though they spent years as a cult attraction, the group have nonetheless built a large following in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Their music is often likened to Radiohead’s and Porcupine Tree’s, but the generalization falls short in describing a constantly evolving sound that deftly balances sophisticated indie pop, theatrical rock, 21st century prog, textured electro-acoustic ambiences, and neo-psychedelia. While earlier recordings like Variations on a Dream somewhat justified comparison to other genre-bleeding acts, later recordings such as 2008’s Tightly Unwound showcased increasingly expansive pop songwriting that featured canny arrangements and advanced instrumental acumen. With 2014’s Magnolia, the Pineapple Thief began releasing conceptual albums with hooky, episodic songs. King Crimson drummer Gavin Harrison joined the fold as a full-time member for Your Wilderness the following year. In 2022, the band issued Give It Back, a set of newly recorded, reworked tracks from their catalog.


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