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Porcupine / Press

“Virock, Prince and Norton have spent the summer working up enough material for live shows, the first of which will be Oct. 1 at Ed’s No-Name Bar in Winona followed the next weekend with a show in Minneapolis as part of Indeed Brewing’s Hullabaloo music festival. The trio has quickly gelled. They’ve been talking about recording songs over the winter, including some of Norton’s songs.”

“Porcupine are a power trio in every sense of the word–their compositions are searing blasts of fuzz-drenched beauty tangled up in the gears of regret, loss and what’s left of our battered hearts. They play with momentum, velocity and nerve. With two great albums under their belts and their last effort the Steve Albini-helmed EP Carrier Wave (2015), they’re currently at work on their new record.”

“On Carrier Wave, Porcupine finds itself in a new world. Their plan of action no longer involves needing to prove themselves. Their salad days are gone and they have found themselves in the middle period. Unlike other bands that get caught in the middle road, Porcupine has redefined themselves and have come back better than ever. With this new set of tracks, Porcupine shows off their confidence while not being afraid to show of an element of vulnerability.”

“It's hard not to love this EP. Long time running band Porcupine's latest offering is a catchy escape from all things Ebola and spiders which remains enjoyable every single time you listen to it. If you were able to see sound, I imagine I See Sound to be very colourful, with a hint of sluttiness to it.”

“Really enjoying this EP. Porcupine is a tight three-piece band from Wisconsin. Their sound reminds me of Queens Of The Stone Age if Queens recorded live as a three piece and didn’t layer their songs. They also bring to mind a lot of the classic indie bands of the ‘90s, like Sebadoh, Fugazi, and Shellac. The songs have super catchy vocals and the music goes from a pop structure to these angular parts that jam for a bit. It keeps all types of attention spans interested. Well worth checking out. The LP is limited to five hundred on white vinyl”

“The 90s spirit is strong in this one. Porcupine from Wisconsin have released two full lengths in the past, channeling the vibes of early Queens of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters and many other alternative rock staples on their latest EP "I See Sound". It offers six tracks of straight up 90s rock with added fuzzy distortion and quirky moods that take the style a little bit outside of their more mainstream sounding contemporaries. There are even hints of 70s psychedelia in the mix if you really listen closely.”

“It is great to hear that Porcupine is still following only the rules they lay out for themselves. No matter the direction they are headed for the next full length, we are on board.”

“Worst Case Scenario” – Porcupine. Mathy, angular rock’n’roll full of tension and release. Totally satisfying.”

“The last show of the night was back at Cloud 9 Union Theater, where Porcupine was playing. Their odd mix of filtered and clean vocals from a white spherical mic and a standard one—along with their tight jumpy rhythm—had much of the crowd dancing, and Megan Hanson of the Ultrasounds actually ran in circles around crowd members (myself included) with a friend, unable to contain their excitement.”

“Opening with a double shot of fuzzy power pop glory, “So Serious” and “I’m Next to You” also serve as the strongest tracks of the set, and within the second half of the EP, you hear a little of the “math rock” tag in the herky jerky rhythm on “The Answer.””

“. This trio writes good songs and executes them to perfection. Casey Virock (guitar, vocals), Dave Reinders (bass, vocals), and Ian Prince (drums) don't aim for what is fashionable, they aim for what they know they like.”

“Another standout track, “Worst Case Scenario,” highlights the band’s taut musicianship and sense of economy. Porcupine do a fan- tastic job of conveying the song with a minimum of bells and whis- tles, and the clean, un-fussy production only adds to this muscular tune.”

“Wisconsin’s Porcupine makes positively mesmerizing guitar rock. There is a bit of a throwback element to their sound, with nods to ’90s pioneers like Built To Spill and Swervedriver. They veer away from getting too shoegazy, with just the right amount of hazy fuzz, in favor of driving syncopation and angular melodies and changes. And now they’ve released a brand new EP entitled I See Sound, via Riot House Records. Watch this studio video for “Worst Case Scenario:””

“The Answer hits up a little desert vibe as its jagged riff cuts a stark note through another solid use of the guitar. The track starts to become a trance inducing listen akin to the early stoner-rock style of Queens Of The Stone Age. Worst Case Scenario dabbles in fast paced energy and also some nicely places melodies to add a little spice to this cheeky little EP, and sets up nicely for closer Thought You Should, which rounds up everything we've heard from I See Sound and gives it all one more chance to shine and stick in our heads just a little bit longer.”

“It’s quite obvious that these guys would like to bring back the time when rock was less about appealing to the bland, mall-going masses and more about reinventing the true rebellious spirit of rock and roll. The Sensation of Being Somebody restores my hope in this abused and misused genre.”

“Maybe a lighter Alice in Chains and 1000 Mona Lisas are coming out now for various reasons. And we're back into guitar riff bliss. And now the guitar work is getting quite complex in this musically charged break down. I would go so far as to compare this to Queens of the Stone Age as well for some reason, but don't ask me why.”

“You know, the blending of pop hooks with garage rock chaos is the kind of thing that Sub-Pop and their ilk built an empire around back in the day. But that's been some time ago. So by the time that “Rooftops” closes out The Sensation of Being Somebody with another ridiculously hummable bass line and more sticky sweet melodies, you'll probably be left wondering how, and more importantly why, FM radio in 2013 is still stuck in the 90’s when there's new alternative rock this good being created right underneath their noses. But you know what? Fuck them for their ignorance. Just do yourself a favor and check out Porcupine…because god dammit, it's okay to sing along once in awhile. ”

“Porcupine have a bit of a hybrid sound that reminds me of the vocals of The Long Winters, with a rock ethos that balances between the shifting and pulling guitars of Polvo and the straight-forward indie rock of maybe Manchester Orchestra. Whatever it is, it is not boring. This is catchy indie rock. Witty lyrics, nice vocal delivery, shifting tempos, and interesting rhythms permeate the entire record. Each song has a unique hook and keeps you listening. After only two hours of listening to The Sensation of Being Somebody, I had already added three of its tracks to my favorite song discoveries for May on Spotify. ”

“Their charms include a bracing combination of '90s alt rock riffs and rhythms -- think Dinosaur Jr, The Queens of the Stone Age and those fighting Foos -- and enough crunchy power pop to satisfy the brain's need for hooks. The fact that the trio has a wry, Midwestern sense of humor just makes it all that much more appealing. The latest edition of Porcupine rock is The Sensation of Being Somebody, available now from Hang Up Records.”

“Porcupine is this really wonderful rock band hailing from Wisconsin, with a sound influenced primarily from acts such as Queens of the Stone Age, Swervedriver and Dinosaur Jr. with a dash of classic 70's rock and 60's psychedelica. Last month they released the very excellent new album, The Sensation of Being Somebody, which captivates the listener with its refined and polished sound, great melodies and upbeat tone.”

“The Sensation of Being Somebody by Wisconsin band Porcupine kicks off with “You go first,” which does absolutely nothing but confuse you with this sort of Arctic Monkeys kind of sound. It isn’t until “Feel Like I’m Close” that everything starts making sense. Here we find a sound between The Beatles and The Kooks. This can be felt but in a much different way in the next track, “Witness to a Chase Scene,” where there’s a more Foo Fighter/The Strokes vibe. It’s fun and entertaining. It has some great guitar riffs, and simple but cool bass lines and drums.”

“Casey Virock (vocals, guitar), Dave Reinders (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Brian Kerr (drums, backing vocals) aka Porcupine are based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The band did already release the album “The Trouble With You” (2009), a live album and several (vinyl) singles. The alternative/indie trio manage to make us feel at home right away with their midtempo menu entitled “Force Field”. Like A*Star, Porcupine spread a certain 90’s rock fragrance - imagine an inspirational blend of Sonic Youth, Galaxie 500, The Flaming Lips, Dinosaur Jr. put into a blender and being mixed vibrantly. Then add a sing-along melody, a certain campfire atmosphere but with a dynamic twist, remarkable and suitable vocals and guitar solo colors by guest musician Jeff Sherin. Overall a pretty pleasant tune, and when a band states “influenced by coffee” on their page, they’ve got a good thing going anyway.”

“Finished the night at Broken World Records and Porcupine – my bros from way back in the magical, musical early 90s era LAX. Casey Virock is an indie rock sensation in my book, crafting his Syd Barrett meets the Flaming Lips crunching anthems, fresh and powerful no matter the band – Dream 13, Space Bike, or bass thunder boomer Dave Reinders and his current space-rock child, Porcupine.”

“At this point I’ve heard just about everything these guys have served up thus far, which has seen them progress from 90’s alt-rock riff slingers to a gradual evolution of those type of aesthetics mixed with a more punchy power-pop kind of deal. The members, who are all mostly vets of that bygone era of rock, are undoubtedly wiser for having trudged through those times of major label rock feasting…the days when something interesting might actually pop on the radio from time to time. It gives the advantage to Porcupine to not mistakenly run down a path of retreads, but rather allow them to craft what ends up being a nice example of power-pop flavored indie-rock on The Sensation of Being Somebody.”

“La Crosse, Wisconsin's Porcupine entertain their inner rock school geeks and throw the book at you with their single, "Witness to a Case Scene". The guitar changes get mathematical in principle while the vocals go for the main stage jugular in harmonized fashions, not to mention the unbound passions riding the song's in-the-moment impetus. The 7" is available via their Bandcamp.”

“Opening the genre a little wider is “Calendar,” a key laden, hand clapping song that at first has us wondering if this was a rock record we were listening to. Hell yes it is as the band leans back into some the lighter side of the genre that were the B-side highlights of bands like Dynamite Hack. The song runs away with radio voice samples and a repetitive riff, but never steers from the baseline. “Is It Real?” showcases how lead singer Casey Virock can control his range. He not only is continually pitch-perfect but seems to match every guitar tone with absolute precision. Few singers can really do this. There are some psychedelic aspects at work here too, with it delving deeper with every bend of the guitar string.”

“ This 12 track record starts with a kick in your face as the pounding riffs of "You Go First" make for a perfect garage rock hit, followed by the quasi-ballad "Feels like I'm close", with a really interesting contrast between the dissonant intro and the vocal harmonies of the chorus. The record flows consistent in the sound, brilliantly borrowing elements from so many different musical "sources" that a geek like me would almost get excited trying to spot them: one moment you are in the 60s, then there is a song that could sit very well on the last Wilco album (Calendar), and another track, you'd swear the guitar tone is as well crafted as that of the legendary band Dinosaur jr. A really enjoyable record that finds strength in Porcupine's chaotic, yet clever musicianship, balancing lightness and darkness, hard-hitting, fuzzy riffs and melodies that are easier on the ear. Definitely give it a shot if you like good alternative rock with a retro twist”

“The mark of any band worth their creative salt knows how to utilize their influences and achieve an original sound but also how not to be redundant when they capture that sound. The 3 musicians that comprise LaCrosse,WI’s Porcupine have become so adept at this skill that the recordings are both effortless to listen to but also challenge the listener in a way few rock acts are able to. It’s true that in all likelihood none of the members of Porcupine have a phone number that begins with 612, 651, 952, or 763. But the Twin Cities music scene would do well to accept and embrace this band as adoptive sons. It’s been almost 4 years since the release of Porcupine’s last full length “The Trouble With You”. In that time they satiated appetites with “Live at the Warehouse” and a split 7” with Copenhagen duo Metal Ghost. But anyone that followed the band was intently awaiting their next complete studio recording.”

“PORCUPINE has a 12″ vinyl now available. “The Sensation of Being Somebody” is in the same family of intelligent rock as Riddle of Steel, Shiner and Traindodge but with a spin of their own. They have an almost 70s Rock Anthem feel blended in. The mix really works for them.”

“There seems to be an invisible turning point in the record right in the middle,half way through track six of 12, where the album takes a chaotic and slightly darker turn. At this point the shackles come undone,and the album feels free to move in almost any direction it chooses. "Second Thoughts" starts off pretty straight forward before erupting into a mathy breakout that closes in a pretty sexy guitar distortion background.The guitar fuzz continues into "Pushing your Buttons" bleeding in and out of a dirty bass line that culminates into the most intense back and forth on the album.”

“A first for this blog via the form of an interview. I first came into contact with Casey when he emailed me regarding this aMinature post. It’s seldom to hear new bands I really like but I was impressed by his band PORCUPINE & their first album ‘The trouble with you’. They basically mix together lots of elements I appreciate and throw them back out in a big rock juggernaut. The Midwest always seems to produce original guitar music and has done for decades. If, like me, you can’t get enough Shiner, Swervedriver, QOTSA, Chavez and their ilk then you will not be disappointed by this band. It’s not like you’re ever going to see PORCUPINE getting repped on Pitchfork or hyped by some hip music forum but bands like this deserve their dues. I sent guitar/vocalist Casey Virock a few quick questions…”

“ A-Side's "Witness to a Chase Scene", as a matter of fact is sounding heavily like Dinosaur Jr. from that time period, beyond just the crisp, dense layered guitar sound it's the sound of someone who's really paid attention to the distortions themselves. The big screechy side and the chunky lower end crunch....all coming off really polished and beefy, you have to give credit to the recording engineers here who manage to faithfully keep this anchored to the guitar in a great way. They've traded that close mic'd whine for a vocal with smooth dual layered sheen, sounding like Buffalo Tom or Foo Fighters. Even at times an almost prog vocal, real emotive capable of rising through the scales against clean drums and bass and earthy deep distortion tones, the whole thing rightly leaning on this riff continuing throughout. ”

“Last time I wrote some about Porcupine was probably a couple or so years ago with their album The Trouble With You. Taking some cues from the pop leanings of Bob Mould and his days in Sugar, “Witness to a Chase Scene” is a successful meeting of such with their visible Midwestern tones. It makes for a tune that drifts along with a tight melody and a type of airiness that actually carries over on the flip to a heavier degree on the track “Evil Twin”. There you have the band laying down the most soothing song that they’ve likely ever recording, which is strange to hear when put up next to anything that came off their debut. Like it though and certainly wouldn’t be opposed to a direction such as this if they can bring together strong hooks like that. The b-side finishes out with the short standard rocker “Dare You to Jump” that kind of falls flat after hearing the other songs on this single. Two out of the three though, I’ll take it. ”

“Porcupine - Witness To A Chase Scene video Video for the song "Witness To A Chase Scene" off the forthcoming PORCUPINE album "The Sensation of Being Somebody". The song is available as a vinyl single with two B-side...”

“ Today, we are continuing our series on releases by good indie rock bands from La Crosse, Wisconsin. The first post in the series was by our blogfather, John, who posted last year about a split 7" on which one of the bands was La Crosse-based Porcupine ( link ). Today's featured La Crosse band is.......Porcupine! The reason we are featuring the band again so soon (in addition to their quality music) is that they just released a three-track single, and will be releasing an LP soon. The single is titled Witness to A Chase Scene. the title track will be included on the album, but the two B-sides are only available on the single. Here is "Witness to A Chase Scene" The band is Casey Virock (vocals/guitar), Dave Reinders (bass/guitar), and Jeff Bahr (drums/backing vocals). The single can be obtained through Hang Up Records. The upcoming album Sensation of Being Someone, and we'll have more information about it in the future--unless they relocate from La Crosse.”

“Porcupine - Witness to a Chase Scene A while back I wrote about the fun Porcupine/Metal Ghost split 7". Now my favorite indie, dream pop shoegazers are back with a 3 song 7" that simply smokes. "Witness to a Chase Scene" percolates out all revved up late-60's spy film cool with it's Peter Gunn guitar licks and low-down feel that just takes over at the 19 second mark. Way cool. It doesn't take long for the boys to mix it up, bringing in some of their hallmark alt-psychelic pop. A tiny touch of emo? All good. "Evil Twin" brings back the more math rock-y aspects of the band but is no less accessible, and "Dare to Jump" jumps right back into the more angular paths without ever losing it's ability to chug along at a head-bopping pace. Another winner. Buy the 7" from Porcupine's bandcamp and you'll get your choice of vinyl/cover color combination: red cover/white vinyl, orange cover/clear vinyl, green cover/black vinyl, or heck, just buy the 7" triple box set and get all three.”

“The B-Side from Porcupine, "Rooftops", starts out with a echo-y layer of half-sad picking that bursts into a funky bass groove fashioning a tiny equation with intricate picking and downward strums. The slightly distorted vocals working on their own path, completely separate from the main melodies...really thought out, and pushing those little details to their limits. Porcupine is also playing around with a similar huge pop sound, straining into the mics during the chorus over an equally mathy foundation, and even those center stage basslines. A lot like Pinback with a dose of something like The Walkmen, building that epic height of layered unnatural vocal for a brief moment of not-enough. High falsetto math rock indie emotion. They aren't just pencil pushers”

“The rock riff has seen some hard times in the past 30 years. One thing I enjoy about this song, and Porcupine in general, is that their music constitutes a genuine attempt at this kind of fusion. In “Rooftops” Porcupine has collected a sequence of notes from the institution of the almighty rock riff, removed the swagger and pretense (leaving in the patented chuck and grind), and used this as the foundation for the assemblage of an otherwise unassuming pop-rock tune. The lyrics then furnish the top floor of this structure. Far from the ground level canniness of the riff, the words dance on the crown chakra, exploring the fine line between a healthy capacity for wonder and the fetishization of the mystical. Taken as a whole, “Rooftops” is home to a unique coupling of elements that is a bit disorienting but stylistically unique, and replete with the charm of the hook. ”

“Porcupine are back! Those crazy kids from Wisconsin responsible for The Trouble With You, an extremely likable pop schlock record, released a 7" split on Big Action Records at the tail end of the year with Metal Ghosts, from Copenhagen/Berlin. It's a great piece o wax - here is one of Porcupine's efforts. It's seriously one of the best things they have done - more please! ”

“Porcupine is a punk-inflected indie rock band from Wisconsin recording on a Minneapolis label - and they have released a split single with Metal Ghost, a German indie rock band. Yes, the world is getting smaller. It's all good stuff - Porcupine's guitars remind me of "old school" indie rock, with a jazz influence (are they old enough to be influenced by the Minutemen?) and both rhythm sections are solid. We'll keep an ear out for more from these two... ”

“Honorable mentions:Best 2011 concerts in the Twin Cities• Gastro non Grata - ALL. But most recently: Bottles and Boars fe: Fortified Five, Dreamcrusher and Silverback Colony at Triple Rock Dec. 11, 2011 • All the Pretty Horses CD release party w/ The Japhies and Hastings 3000 December 2, 2011 • Porcupine/Darla at 400 Bar, November 4, 2011 (Darla is a new band-to-watch fe: Jimmy Peterson and Paul Pirner of The 757s, Mike Wisti (Rank Strangers) and John Crist (Dashboard Saviors and Bellwether). Porcupine from LaCrosse, Wisconsin is really good.)”

“ Their song "Evil Twin" featured chunky guitars, and psychedelic riffs beneath haunting, clear vocals and classic harmonies. Their last song had a real Love and Rockets vibe, but also glimmers of R.E.M. - murmuring of vocals, and shimmery drums. "Coming Down" was a dark, Joy Division quality song with Nick Cave-esque, narcotic sounding vocals prettily weaving through a downpour of down and dirty guitar and drums. Porcupine is an extraordinary heavy garage and post-punk with elements of Black Keys, which I highly recommend when they return February 24 at the 400 Bar.”

“Porcupine’s track “Rooftops,” which has an incredibly catchy indie/shoegaze sound driven by the poppy bassline which meshes nicely with the mix of late 90’s alternative and early 00’s math rock found on the rest of the track. The bonus track “It’s All Right (Underwater)” maintains Porcupine’s expertly crafted throwback sound but adds a hint of indie folk in the vein of groups such as The Shins that makes it an upbeat yet melancholy listen. ”

Jason Crider - Second Supper

“Welcome to the Mixtape Mouthoff, where every week I guide you through the treacherous musical rainforest to show you three unknown and beautiful creatures. This weeks band accidentally all ended up being animal related, with bees, porcupines and leprechauns being on the Mixtape this week. It’s more like a zoo than a music article this week! Porcupine First band up this week is Porcupine (www.porcupineband.com), a collection of 3 veterans of the Midwest music scene headed by Casey Vrock (formerly of Space Bike), alongside bassist David Reinders, who had some minor success over here in the UK, getting to number 27 in the UK singles chart and receiving airplay by legendary DJ John Peel. This may be an acquired taste, but if you like a track with a heavy bassline then this is for you. From their 2009 album “The Trouble With You”, available on iTunes and the like, this is Dead Mint Club.”

“ The emotional turnaround this group made me do is essentially the same as the comeback Dave Grohl made with the happy, quirky first release from Foo Fighters only a year after the death of Nirvana. Bad (although fitting) analogies aside, this band has the exact ‘90s alternative feel I have apparently been unknowingly craving for quite a while, because it’s definitely hitting the spot. ”

“September 8, 2010 I have had the CD on a number of times now and they have crafted a very new take on their Midwest sound in that the rhythm section is incredibly forceful leaving the guitar and vocals plenty of room to counter. The song structures are very dynamic and extremely well written and played. All the tracks are upbeat and catchy in a non typical way, it’s hard to pick a favourite because the whole thing is nailed start to finish. It’s hard to compare this to other bands because it is definitely unique… I’d say the sheer rock power of MN band Houston, the shoegazey moments of maybe KC’s Dirt Nap, the straight ahead drive of Tanner, the weirder side of Chavez. Basically that and a lot more classic influences. I can see that in maybe 10 years time if I hadn’t heard this band I’d be certain on extolling the virtues of ’The Trouble With You’. Please check them out.”

Pete Burn - Do You Compute

“The songs on Porcupine’s The Trouble With You combine the best parts of the late nineties/early two-thousands punk, math rock and indie rock together in a way that would have made fans of all three genres sit up and take notice. The fuzzed-out guitar riffs give way to mathy runs with a melodic bent before muscling through a chorus or two. These guys know their underground music history, or somehow appropriated an entire time period without knowing about it (which would be pretty amazing). As a result (or magically, if the latter is true), their songwriting espouses the ideas of those genres in that time. That means a lot of things, but one really important thing: there are melodies here, but these songs don’t rely on pop melodies as much as current rock/punk/indie bands do. I hope that Porcupine finds an audience that will embrace this for what it is and not condemn it for what it isn’t (and for that matter, what I don’t think it was trying to be in the first place”

Stephen Carradini - Independent Clauses

“ There is something about a loud and distorted Fender Jazzmaster sound that is a beautiful thing. This fact is one that resonates throughout this whole record. The record seems to have been mixed in a way that showcases that guitar flavor as well, with the guitar in front of the vocals. I find myself wanting more and more of that dirty thick guitar tone and then boom…there it is again, and even heavier.The intro has somewhat of a Wilco sound to it and plays heavily with textures, sets the tone for the record nicely. “Exit #180” has some pleasing dynamic changes and displays that luscious heavy guitar tone. “Dead Mint Club” is a well structured and written album highlight. “Dark Mood” has a really interesting slide guitar and is definitely a highlight of the album. The closing track, “Life Boat” is really nice and has great flow to it and leaves you wanting more, which is always a good way to end a record. Final Grade = B+ (but almost an A-)”

Dan McDonald - Rift

“You can almost caress the chemistry this band maintains, something which also differentiates Porcupine from the flock. Safety is a common characteristic present in the sound of many new bands and it’s exciting when you hear a band taking a gamble. As much as I love stuff like grind and doom, catchy shit can pack a punch with as much force. As mentioned before the grungy bass lines steal the show for me on this one. ”

Phil Differ - Collective Zine

“By the end of the album you’ve heard everything from the mathier side of Midwestern rock (ex: Self-Evident) to the muffled fuzz akin to J. Mascis to the warbled guitar tones that are usually reserved for acts considered under the shoegaze canopy. And Porcupine for the most part pull it all together successfully in a mere thirty five minutes. A strong debut from these guys and well worth checking out if anything above mentioned perks your interest. ”

Built on a weak spot

“ WLUR review Monday, January 18, 2010 Porcupine Add Date: January 19 Artist: Porcupine Album: The Trouble With You Label: Blue Worm Label Genre: Rock Comments: The Queens of the Stone Age vibe found on Porcupine's album The Trouble With You is pretty undeniable, but not to ill effect. There's a slightly messy, loose quality to the record (and the first half is more successful than the second), but the solid drums and bass keep the sound modern. A bit quirky, it's upbeat pop rock--start with tracks 2 and 4.”

WRUV review

“ Over the years, I have slowly developed more of a taste for indie-rock as opposed to the original alternative music I got into (this is probably well-documented with my love for Vampire Weekend and Los Campesinos! on this site), so when our friends at Tinderbox tipped us off on Porcupine, I got a feeling of both nostalgia and something new. Hailing from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Porcupine walk that fine line of late 90s early 00s alternative that was so popular--and continues to be today. The trio produces at times vocals similar to Kings of Leon (the opening of "Picture Perfect"), with hooks and choruses a lá Foo Fighters. "Exit 180," on the other hand, has a sound that is not dissimilar to older (and in my opinion, much better) Incubus. Listening to Porcupine was pretty refreshing for this alt-turned indie listener. It may not be something for everyone, but alt-rockers will love it. Porcupine's brand new CD, entitled The Trouble With You is out now. Buy it here. ”

91.1 - WDUB new music blog

“ A nice slice of contemporary rock with its own flavour ”