“Gavin Harrison is another one of my favorite modern-day, odd-time guys. He’s a brilliant player, and he’s also just a wonderful human being. This is the first Porcupine Tree album I heard, and it really made an impact on me, especially the song The Sound Of Muzak – what a great tune.
“Gavin’s phrasing and his beat displacement, his ability to go extremely ‘out’ and still end up right where he should be – unbelievable. He’s been doing it for so long, so he can do it in his sleep, but trust me, it’s extremely difficult.
“I remember talking to him when we were at a charity event, and he was telling me about this duet he did with Simon Phillips. They were playing all this crazy stuff, odd times all over the place. During the rehearsal, Gavin was getting upset because he kept getting a little lost; meanwhile, Simon was playing everything perfectly, because, you know, he’s Simon. But during the live performance, Gavin did it perfectly and Simon messed it up.” [Laughs]