The Pineapple Thief
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The Pineapple Thief

Yeovil, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

Yeovil, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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"UK PRESS QUOTES"

THE BEST PROG ALBUMS OF 2010 – CLASSIC ROCK PROG - # 3 CRITIC’S CHOICE
... to the people in front of them, bellowing for more, The Pineapple Thief are a treasured secret they can’t wait to tell the world about. CLASSIC ROCK PROG

CLASSIC ROCK – BEST ALBUM OF 2010 - #3
‘’Elements of Rush, Muse and Porcupine Tree meld in a blast of how prog should sound in 2010’’
...makes Elbow’s One Day Like This seem brief and understated.... The Pineapple Thief hit the bullseye here with a deceptively gritty, Portishead-like backbeat, tugging the heartstrings so effectively that you wouldn’t object if they carried on for another hour... CLASSIC ROCK

The Bends-era Radiohead ....with Porcupine Tree’s love of sinister sci-fi sound scapes.... gives Matt Bellamy a run for his money...GUITARIST.

Unmistakably progressive, but not – a much needed modern slant on a classic genre. ....nothing short of phenomenal... FIREWORKS

Building on the sweeping guitar attack of opener ‘Nothing At Best’, ‘Someone Here Is Missing’ ....displays influence from Radiohead (Wake Up The Dead) and fills the gulf between progressive Indie and a core sound that layers moments resonant with Oceansize. [the eighth album] has a Vex Red / Muse-inspired electronic undercurrent [and] tracks like Someone Here Is Missing and Barely Breathing are certainly the band’s best works, giving the prevailing sense of bittersweet acoustic melancholy that fans have come to expect and to love. ROCKSOUND
- UK PRESS


Discography

Initially a solo outlet for Bruce’s music the first album, Abducting, was released on Cyclops Records in May 1999. The critical plaudits and small but fanatical fan base that grew around the release was enough to convince Bruce that perhaps TPT was here to stay and he returned to the Dining Room studios to work on the second TPT album, 137.

Following the reaction to its release in the spring of 2002 and the growing demand from fans for live shows, Bruce felt the need to expand TPT to a full band. The band consisted of his close musical friends - former university band mate Jon Sykes on bass, Wayne Higgins on guitars, Matt O'Leary on keyboards and Keith Harrison on drums. Wayne and Matt have since left but Steve Kitch (who co-produced and mixed the albums since 10 Stories Down) has joined to replace Matt and play the keyboards.

The third album, Variations On A Dream (2004) which has actually just been re-released by Kscope, gave TPT a further boost, reaching out to yet more people all over the world. Three albums followed, 10 Stories Down (2005), Little Man (2006), and limited the run What We Have Sown (2007) which featured re-worked un-released tracks. This was to prove to be the last album released via Cyclops before the band signed to Kscope and released Tightly Unwound. This was followed by The Dawn Raids Eps and 3000 Days, a 2CD re-mixed and re-mastered collection of songs from their ten year history so far.

The band returned in May 2010 with their current studio album Someone Here Is Missing. The nine tracks mark a huge step forward in the band’s progression,

The album also features artwork by the legendary designer Storm Thorgerson, who is famous for creating some of the most recognisable artwork of the last 30 years including albums by Pink Floyd (Dark Side Of The Moon, Division Bell, Pulse), Muse, Led Zeppelin, Biffy Clyro and many more.

TPT's ninth album will be out on Kscope autumn 2012.

Studio albums
Abducting the Unicorn (1999)
137 (2001)
Variations on a Dream (2003)
10 Stories Down (2005)
Little Man (2006)
What We Have Sown (2007)
Tightly Unwound (2008)
Someone Here Is Missing (2010)

Additional releases
2001 - "Sherbert Gods" (7" single)
2003 - Live (DVD featuring 10 live tracks and 4 new studio recordings)
2004 - 12 Stories Down (preview edition of 10 Stories Down)
2005 - 4 Stories Down (10 Stories Down sampler/EP)
2008 - "Shoot First'"(maxi-single)
2009 - The Dawn Raids Volume 1 (4 Track EP)
2009 - The Dawn Raids Volume 2 (4 Track EP)
2009 - 3000 Days (Remastered compilation album)
2009 – Little Man (remixed, remastered, repackaged)
2010 - Nothing At Best (download only single)
2010 - Show A Little Love (33 minute EP)
2010 - Someone Here Is Live (download only live album from the October 2010 Europe tour)
2011 – 10 Stories Down + Bonus disc 8 Days Later (remixed, remastered, repackaged)
2011 – Variations On A Dream (remixed, remastered, repackaged)

Videos
2008 - Shoot First music video
2010 - Nothing at Best music video
2010 - Show A Little Love music video
2010 - Someone Here Is Missing music video

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Bio

In April 2008 The Pineapple Thief launched the Kscope label with the critically acclaimed album, Tightly Unwound.
While the album was many people’s introduction to the band they have actually spent the past ten years quietly building up a dedicated fan base across the globe, nurturing their ‘bittersweet’ progressive sound. SOMEONE HERE IS MISSING is the latest album from The Pineapple Thief. Artwork by Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, MUSE, Biffy Clyro).

Since the release last June, TPT have been very busy touring Europe with Blackfield and Amplifier. In September they were chosen to play to a sold-out Union Chapel (London) as part of the first Kscope Label Night. In the same month TPT were featured on a special PINK FLOYD covers CD for the UK’s MOJO Magazine and Germany’s VISION magazine alongside artistes such as Sparklehorse feat. Thom York, At The Drive In, Gallops, The Last Hurrah!!, Low, and Dredg.

The Pineapple Thief will round off 2011 with a headline UK tour sponsored by Classic Rock Presents Prog.

Someone Here Is Missing is: “A record of dark edges, full of love and regret, my life in the last eighteen months pretty much,” according to singer/songwriter Bruce Soord. It also happens to be their best yet.

With 2008’s acclaimed Tightly Unwound album – which launched the renowned Kscope label – the band suddenly found themselves celebrated at both home and abroad. “Everything was suddenly in place for us to move on to the next level as a band,” says Soord, “We just had to make a great record, no pressure then…”

As prolific a songwriter as Soord might be – The Pineapple Thief have a double CD called 3000 Days of extraordinary songs culled from their back catalogue – even he decided to bring new colours to his pallet when creating Someone Here Is Missing, adding keyboards and samples of sound to bring the bubbling, almost threatening undercurrent of the band’s songs to life. It worked too, it’s the album that Soord’s most proud of and so he should be. Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Muse, Biffy Clyro) is already a fan. So much so that he created the album cover. A happy accident meant that Kscope’s designer met Storm at an exhibition and asked if he’d work with a band with big ideas but who had yet to make their mark on the world. 'If (conceded the artist) I like their music'.
“He sat us down and asked exactly what the songs were about,” says Soord about Storm, “Then he gave us six sketch ideas, but the one we wanted couldn’t be done as it meant digging a huge hole in a field, but no farmer would let us do it, but I prefer this one, even though Storm’s against putting bands on the cover he even let me be on it. Not that you’ll recognise me.”

Someone Here Is Missing is available on Kscope and has received amazing press.

THE BEST PROG ALBUMS OF 2010 – CLASSIC ROCK PROG - # 3 CRITIC’S CHOICE
... to the people in front of them, bellowing for more, The Pineapple Thief are a treasured secret they can’t wait to tell the world about. CLASSIC ROCK PROG

CLASSIC ROCK – BEST ALBUM OF 2010 - #3
‘’Elements of Rush, Muse and Porcupine Tree meld in a blast of how prog should sound in 2010’’

...makes Elbow’s One Day Like This seem brief and understated.... The Pineapple Thief hit the bullseye here with a deceptively gritty, Portishead-like backbeat, tugging the heartstrings so effectively that you wouldn’t object if they carried on for another hour... CLASSIC ROCK

The Bends-era Radiohead ....with Porcupine Tree’s love of sinister sci-fi sound scapes.... gives Matt Bellamy a run for his money...GUITARIST.

Unmistakably progressive, but not – a much needed modern slant on a classic genre. ....nothing short of phenomenal... FIREWORKS

Building on the sweeping guitar attack of opener ‘Nothing At Best’, ‘Someone Here Is Missing’ ....displays influence from Radiohead (Wake Up The Dead) and fills the gulf between progressive Indie and a core sound that layers moments resonant with Oceansize. [the eighth album] has a Vex Red / Muse-inspired electronic undercurrent [and] tracks like Someone Here Is Missing and Barely Breathing are certainly the band’s best works, giving the prevailing sense of bittersweet acoustic melancholy that fans have come to expect and to love. ROCKSOUND