“Rats Return” By Porcupine Tree

Porcupine Tree have returned with “Rats Return,” the latest single off their new album, Closure/Continuation, available June 24, via Music For Nations/Megaforce. The track is accompanied by a video directed by Ricky Allen premieres today on YouTube.

“‘Rats Return’ is about those who claim to have the interests of the people at heart, but when it comes down to it there is only ego and self-interest,” says Porcupine Tree founder Steven Wilson. “I find myself reflecting on what sort of person would actually be so driven as to want to rule over a whole nation, and aren’t these people by definition the very last people that should be allowed to do so? The rats will always save themselves first.”

The band will celebrate their return with a run of dates, including shows in North and South American dates begin September 10 at Toronto, ON’s Meridian Hall and then continue through performances in Mexico City, Mexico (October 4) and Santiago, Chile (October 7). European and UK dates get underway October 21 in Berlin, Germany and more.

Porcupine Tree was founded in 1987 by renowned musician/producer Steven Wilson as an outlet for the experimental recordings he was making outside of his acclaimed post-rock duo, No-Man. With the addition of keyboard player Richard Barbieri and drummer Gavin Harrison. Recorded over the last decade and finished during a period when touring was curtailed in 2020/21, their new marks the most collaborative album of the band’s career.

Porcupine Tree
Music For Nations/Megaforce Records

Of The New Day
Rats Return
Herd Culling
Walk The Plank
Chimera’s Wreck
Population Three * †
Never Have * †
Love In The Past Tense †

* Limited Audiophile Deluxe LP
† Limited Audiophile Deluxe CD

Porcupine 2022 Tour Dates


10 – Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall
12 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
14 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
16 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
18 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
20 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
23 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
25 – Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre
28 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
30 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre


4 – Mexico City, MX – Pepsi Center
7 – Santiago, CL – Movistar Arena
21 – Berlin, DE – Max Schmelinghalle
23 – Vienna, AU – Gasometer
24 – Milan, IT – Forum
27 – Stockholm, SW – Globe
28 – Copenhagen, DK – Falkoner Theatre
30 – Katowice, PO – Spodek Hall


2 – Paris, FR – Le Zenith
4 – Stuttgart, DE – Porsche Arena
6 – Oberhausen, DE – KP Arena
7 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggodome
9 – Zurich, CH – Halle 622
11 – London, UK – SSE Arena, Wembley

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