Spiritualized have quite rightly gathered a reputation as the great survivors of British rock. Since their formation in 1990, they’ve endured countless line-up reshuffles as well as the serious illness of legendary frontman Jason Pierce (Pierce’s lungs filled up during a battle with pneumonia, and upon two separate occasions he was declared dead).
Despite these titanic hurdles, they’ve managed to produce some of the best spaced-out indie-rock in history. Studio albums ‘Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space’ (1997) and ‘Let It Come Down’ (2001) remain perennial rock favorites – their orchestral soulfulness and epic scale have given them a timeless quality that other guitar-based odysseys from the era are sorely lacking. Plus their ‘Live At The Albert Hall’ is the second-best live album ever recorded (it’s not as good as Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ – but then what is?).
Now they’re back with new single ‘Hey Jane’ – a nine-minute blast of stop-start energy which acts as a prelude to their April album release ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light.’ We’ve given you the chance to take a listen above, because we’re nice like that.