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The Pineapple Thief – Give It Back (Rewired)

The Pineapple Thief – Give It Back (Rewired)

The Pineapple Thief - Give it Back (Rewired)

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Release Date: 13 May, 2022
  • Label: Kscope
  • Musicians:
    Bruce Soord - vocals and guitars
    Gavin Harrison - drums
    Jon Sykes - bass and vocals
    Steve Kitch - keyboards
  • Favorite songs:
    Shoot First, 137, Boxing Day
  • For Fans of:
    Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, Anathema

Back in 2016 drummer Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree) joined the ranks of The Pineapple Thief, instantly adding a whole new dimension to the band’s overall sound. This is clearly shown on albums such as “Dissolution” (2018) and “Versions Of The Truth” (2020). In order to celebrate The Pineapple Thief’s current tour, they decided to release an album full of reworked songs from the band’s back catalogue, entitled “Give It Back (Rewired)”.

Gavin Harrison is no stranger to reworking and reimagining songs, as he released “Cheating The Polygraph”, an album full of reworked Porcupine Tree tracks in a jazz/fusion type musical setting back in 2015. As a jazz/fusion adept, I still admire the vision and sheer audacity of said record.

Compared to “Cheating The Polygraph”, “Give It Back (Rewired)” has a more traditional approach and sees Bruce Soord and co stick to their patented Radiohead/U2 with a progressive touch approach. They got one ace upon their collective sleeve, namely Gavin Harrison’s creative and musical approach to drumming.

The Pineapple Thief – Give It Back (Rewired)

He puts his signature mark on tracks like ‘Wretched Soul’, ‘Shoot First’ and ‘Last Man Standing’, reinforcing the song’s inner dynamics and texture. Gavin knows when to hold back and serve the song (‘Boxing Day’, ‘Little Man’) and when to go full out and add tons of groove and power (‘Dead In The Water’, ‘Last Man Standing’). Whatever he plays, it’s done with taste and precision, adding to Bruce Soord’s musical vision and breathing new life in some of The Pineapple Thief’s deeper cuts.

The Pineapple Thief – Dead In The Water

“Give it Back (Rewired)” is handled with love, integrity and dedication by Bruce Soord and company. The album serves as a brilliant introduction to some of the band’s more obscure material. It’s also a stark reminder how important Gavin’s drumming style has become for Bruce Soord’s musical vision and the overall sound of The Pineapple Thief. I’m sure that “Give It Back (Rewired)” will find its way to my year list one way or another. A lovely record!


  1. Wretched Soul
  2. Dead In The Water
  3. Give It Back
  4. Build A World
  5. Start Your Descend
  6. 137
  7. Shoot First
  8. Boxing Day
  9. Warm Seas
  10. Someone Pull Me Out
  11. Last Man Standing
  12. Little Man

About the Author


Raymond is a fourty something Dutch male, very much into travelling, foreign languages and cultures, history, philosophy, reading, architecture, art and literature. Lately dabbling somewhat with writing and urban photography. Has a healthy appreciation for King Crimson, Ulver, Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Cynic, Charles Mingus, Tool, Deftones, Omar Rodríguez-López/The Mars Volta, Isis, Anathema, The Gathering, Mike Patton/Faith No More, Meshuggah, Snarky Puppy, Nevermore, Chelsea Wolfe, The Comet Is Coming, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, The Cinematic Orchestra and much more.

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