Steven Wilson talks Hand. Cannot. Erase. on The Prog Show

With nominations in this year’s Progressive Music Awards for Album Of The Year and The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award, both for the stellar Hand. Cannot. Erase. album, Steven Wilson is flying high.

Add to that a string of sold out shows both here and in the USA as well as another round of dates announced at the Royal Albert Hall and into 2016, it’s been something of a banner year for the guitarist and songwriter.

Earlier this year, Steven Wilson joined Philip Wilding on The Prog Magazine Show to talk about the inspiration and concept behind his latest album - the drama-documentary Dreams Of A Life and the woman who inspired that story, Joyce Carol Vincent - the alienation of city life, social media and how Tony Blair’s son came to sing on Hand. Cannot. Erase.

As he told Philip Wilding, “There’s something very particular about living in the heart of a city that engenders this sense of paranoia, confusion and isolation. So I could identify with this story, I could identify with Joyce Carol Vincent, that fear and paranoia that makes you retreat into your own cocoon.”

Like Steven Wilson? Like vinyl? Of course you do. Click below to read about Wilson’s double-vinyl collection featuring tracks chosen from across his solo career.

Steven Wilson chooses tracks for vinyl collection

Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion.