Porcupine Tree were nearing the end of the 2001 tour for Lightbulb Sun when they performed in front of a packed house in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for NEARfest 2001. Shortly after this performance, the band would be signed to Atlantic Records. It would also be one of the last shows the band did with original drummer Chris Maitland, who would leave during the making of 2002's In Absentia. The set is considered to be a high-point in the bands early years with stellar versions of Russia On Ice, Pure Narcotic and Voyage 34 (Phase One). Because of the nature of my copy of the footage, there are a few cuts scattered around. Thankfully none of them affect the songs. The recording appears to have seen some professional editing, as the encore breaks are absent as well as use of some simple transitions between songs. Both the footage and the audio of the show remain a favorite among fans.
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Mitreißender Independent-Music Film aus den frühen 80gern. Off course, die bands sind heute alle vergessen und doch liefern sie einen Einblick in die Vitalität der Musikszene damals. Viele eher ruhige Tracks. Hat übrigens absolut gar nichts mit Punk zu tun. Eher mit Liedermachern, New Psychedelia und getragener Musik.