“I never get asked,” he says. It’s good to see Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce photographed with an Aston Spirit condenser mic all primed ready for vocal action. THE album cover shows a solitary figure in a space suit, alone with his thoughts and a million miles from home. But it has emerged into the sunlight, or should I say starlight, as a vibrant, varied and captivating addition to the Spiritualized canon. There’s a twinkle in his eye and a perma-grin on his face that you just never see in his promotional photos. It’s full of the folly and stupidity and arrogance of youth. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space.”. There isn’t a single bit on that record where anybody plays in the same room as somebody else is playing. “It’s quite hard talking about it but I feel so relieved that I’m not doing it now, that I’m not sitting in a room moving faders around.”. It is like painting over the lines, and scrappy. “I just couldn’t afford to do these big sessions,” he says. After several years of work and Pierce's serious illness in July 2005,[5] the album, Songs in A&E was released on 26 May 2008 in the UK, and on 27 May 2008 in the US.

Add in deeply heartfelt lyrics and you have nine songs that are both uplifting and wistful in equal doses. It’s hard—this nonsense of obsessing over a bit of piece of music. It’s good that people care about what they do. He did it once, for Harmony Korine’s 2007 indie flick Mister Lonely. Jason Pierce of Spiritualized had said the band’s new album would be his last. And that’s great, and that’s what makes that energy. His days would be long and lonely, a painstaking process that he says was “maddening.”.

"The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. blues, folk and, probably most importantly, gospel. Following promotional activity for Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Gregg Hale left the band on good terms, but Sean Cook, Damon Reece and Michael Mooney threatened a strike in protest over low salaries and appearance fees. Courtesy of the artist I can make music that isn’t like, ‘How does this fit into my album?’”, In less than 12 hours, Pierce will be on a plane to Los Angeles, explaining Spiritualized to a handful of new musicians again. "He certainly wrote them and is singing them but they belonged to this audience.”. All my friends say that as soon as I go back on the road and play these things live and realize how beautiful that thing is, you’ll want to do it again. What he means is that he’s losing money to play just two stateside shows to support Spiritualized’s eighth album, And Nothing Hurt: the one in Brooklyn and another a few days later in Los Angeles. Spiritualized have released eight studio albums.

. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. on a plain white background, is a reference to the working title of the album. Jason was photographed by Q Magazine in Iggy B’s Bella Union studio (part of London’s Strongroom complex), one of the venues used to … His recorded output, though, has slowed down in the last 15 years. Pierce’s inspirations are, on the face of it, surprising but actually make perfect sense  . [9], The band's sound has been labelled as space rock,[10] neo-psychedelia,[11] art rock,[12] experimental rock[13] and garage rock.[14]. The band had already played some of this new material over the past 3 years but not much else was known about the content of the album. “Playing. At some point during the making of And Nothing Hurt, Pierce turned 50. Spiritualized: The Man Who Fell To Earth Frontman Jason Pierce has been through a lot in the past decade: a bout of pneumonia, ongoing liver disease and a …

. Back down on earth, quiet, thoughtful Jason “Spaceman” Pierce is sitting in a discreet corner of a bar in London’s hip Shoreditch.

“The album was just born out of my stubborn nature,” says Pierce. The band took their name from an adaptation of the text on the back label of a bottle of Pernod. . This time, Pierce is charting a course through middle age, dealing with getting older, but maintaining his faith in the power of love. WRITER, singer and multi-instrumentalist Jason 'Spaceman' Pierce has been the driving force and vision behind Spiritualized since 1990. Now 52, Pierce …

He had to push himself into learning the new ways and says: “There’s a tested way to record this stuff and it felt as if I was trying to reinvent something. But I did it. Watch: Dave Matthews Debuts New Song “The Ocean and the Butterfly” for Save Our Stages Fest, Leon Bridges Shares New Single/Music Video “All About You” feat. Songs In A+E (2008) came after a visit to intensive care with a combination of severe eye socket infection and pneumonia, and Sweet Heart Sweet Light (2012) touched on the effects of liver disease medication. And in a way, it’s more charming.

Writer, singer, instrumentalist, he’s been its only constant. In “The Prize,” swaying serenely amid the sounds of organ chords and chimes like church bells, Mr. Pierce sings, “Gonna be shooting like a star across the sky/Gonna burn brightly for a while, then you’re gone.”, The album is a kind of benediction.

Then a man in a silver spacesuit marched up to where we were — and kept on walking.".

He also feels a tremendous sense of relief. “Now I feel like a lot of it has already been done so beautifully, so eloquently, that I find it hard to find a space for my music.”. Pierce also talks a lot about money when discussing And Nothing Hurt—that he chose this way of working as a necessity.

Mad enough that he felt like giving up. Pierce’s inspirations are, on the face of it, surprising but actually make perfect sense  . “I don’t mind going down avenues that don’t go anywhere, just to say, ‘O.K., that doesn’t work,’” he said. “It’s really beautiful that the shows seem to have this power and glory.”, Michelle Keegan returns to Corrie after 6 years away as cast film Xmas episodes, 21million Brits to be under Tier 3 or 'circuit-breaker' lockdowns in weeks, Helen Flanagan shows off growing baby bump in glam dress for lunch in Manchester, Baby's head torn from its body and fell on floor during botched pregnancy, Mum, 18, charged with killing baby daughter 'left her home alone for six days', ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. “Every word was sung back to him and he was in tears. Jason was photographed by Q Magazine in Iggy B’s Bella Union studio (part of London’s Strongroom complex), one of the venues used to … Then there’s 82-year-old country icon Kris Kristofferson, writer of Me And Bobby McGee and Help Me Make It Through The Night, who he saw perform recently at an open-air concert on Hampstead Heath. .

When I ask about the upcoming shows, including London’s Eventim Apollo next Friday, he breaks into a big happy smile. “The whole process was kicking at my self-confidence and it became a lonelier path as it went on. It has all the essential ingredients: Hypnotic, otherworldly rock that draws on the pillars of popular music . Spiritualized has always made music that conjures vast expanses, both inner and external. You lying in the bed with wires and stuff. And it shouldn’t be me trying to pretend I’m 23. People don’t need to be mugged again. Retaining only keyboardist Thighpaulsandra (keyboards), Jason Pierce then debuted a new line up of Spiritualized, introducing classical percussionist Tom Edwards and former Julian Cope string arranger Martin Schellard on bass guitar. It’s been almost 24 hours since Jason Pierce, the sole proprietor of space-rock institution Spiritualized, walked offstage at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. At the moment, he’s sitting in a Mexican-inspired coffee shop in the Crown Heights section of the borough, blocks away from an Airbnb he’s rented for a few days while in town from London—the adrenaline he got from playing an exhilarating show is clearly still flowing through his veins. When I ask about the upcoming shows, including London’s Eventim Apollo next Friday, he breaks into a big happy smile. Last year, according to Jason Pierce – the band’s one constant during the various incarnations of the band over the years – there was another reason too.