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April 4, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

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Radio 1190 presents Spiritualized at the Bluebird Theater, 16+.

Formed from the ashes of the trance-rockers Spacemen 3, singer/guitarist Jason Pierce’s group Spiritualized did not break away from his prior band’s trademark hypnotic minimalism; instead, they perfected it. Drawing on the continued influence of the Velvet Underground, La Monte Young, and Steve Reich, Spiritualized staked out a common ground between minimalism and lush symphonics — While the infamous Spacemen 3 tag of “taking drugs to make music to take drugs to” remained a cornerstone of their craft, Spiritualized’s very name acknowledged the existence of other forces, and further reflected in their heavy debt to gospel and soul music as well as an affinity for mantras and devotional hymns. In 1995, Spiritualized — now a trio consisting of Pierce, keyboardist/guitarist Kate Radley, and bassist Sean Cook — issued Pure Phase, a heady, dense production which boasted separate mixes from each stereo channel. With 1997’s , Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space Pierce deliberately jettisoned many of the band’s usual points of departure, including drones, tremolos, and phase tones; recorded with new drummer Damon Reece, it featured a cameo appearance from legendary New Orleans pianist Dr. John on one track, while Memphis studio legend Jim Dickinson appeared on another. Other guests included the Balanescu Quartet (also featured on Pure Phase), the Greater London Gospel Community Choir, and Spring Heel Jack. The two-disc Royal Albert Hall October 10 1997 Live album followed in late 1998. The following year, Cook, Reece, and Mike Mooney, left the band. Cook, Reece, and Mike Mooney formed Lupine Howl soon after their dismissal; Sean Cook now fronts the band The Flies. Radley left soon after she married Verve frontman and solo artist Richard Ashcroft. Only saxophonist Ray Dickaty and sometime keyboardist Thighpaulsandra (aka Tim Lewis) remained in the band. Pierce began writing and recording material for the next Spiritualized album at George Martin’s Air Studios and recruited percussionist Tom Edwards, bassist Martin Shallards, Echoboy drummer Kev Bales, and guitarist Dogan, from Julian Cope’s band, for the sessions. The new album, titled Let It Come Down , featured an even lusher, more involved sound than Ladies and Gentlemen, was released in mid-2001. The band Has since released Amazing Grace , a stripped down return to Pierces earlier days, and The Complete Works Volumes 1 and 2, collections of rare early tracks and B-sides.


April 4, 2013
8:00 pm


Bluebird Theater