Spiritualized, the UK psych outfit led by Jason Pierce, yesterday released a new single, ‘Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go’, from their upcoming LP And Nothing Hurt. Backed by Fat Possum Records, the album is due for release on 7th September and can be pre-ordered here. See the new single below:
Pierce, known to his fans as J-Spaceman, described the new track as “a list of instructions that, if followed, allows the listener to find my house. The route is real but it’s on the west coast of America so the house being mine is a fiction.” Driven by only a few basic chords and a country-tinged arrangement, the song plays on an interesting contrast between the classic Americanism of its road-trip lyrics and the vulnerable, weak-sounding Britishness of its delivery. “I love the line about the cop waiting up all night to add to his total busts for the day”, he said. “I wanted it to all end in happiness but it leaves with just a small trace of sadness.”
Having already released ‘A Perfect Miracle‘ and ‘I’m Your Man‘, the new track is Spaceman’s third single from the forthcoming album. Made almost entirely on his own, the record sent “[him] more mad than anything [he’s] done before.”
“We’d been playing these big shows and I really wanted to capture that sound we were making but, without the funds to do, I had to find a way to work within the constraints of what money I had. So I bought a laptop and made it all in a little room in my house.”
Spiritualized’s first album, Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, has been hailed as one of the best albums of the 1990s. The group emerged from the breakup of Pierce’s previous band, Spacemen 3. Backed by his songwriting- and drugs-driven-spiritual-partnership with Pete Kember (better known as Sonic Boom), the Rugby-based group revolutionised neo-psychedelia in the 1980s and 1990s with their unique minimalist sound. Incorporating influences from proto-punk, electronic music, classic ’60s psychedelia and even Bo Diddley and Buddy Holly, the group achieved critical acclaim with their albums The Perfect Prescription and Playing With Fire.
Spiritualized are set to play at the Eventim Apollo in London on 21st September. Buy your tickets here.