SPIRITUALIZED arrive at Belfastâ€™s Mandela Hall tomorrow to promote their new album, Songs in A & E. Spiritualized are now in their 18th year and this is their sixth studio album.
Songs in A&E comes five years after Spiritualized’s previous album, 2003’s Amazing Grace, and following front man Jason Pierce’s near death experience in 2005 after he had contracted advanced bilateral pneumonia with rapid deterioration requiring intensive care and for respiratory failure.
The album takes its title from the long period Pierce spent in the Accident and Emergency ward during this illness and it is also dedicated to the staff at The Royal London Hospital where he was treated.
Jason also wrote most of the songs on the album on a 1929 GibsonL/00 he bought in Cincinnati. He claims the songs as good as wrote themselves when he was using the 1929 guitar.
The album has received rave reviews, earning an 8/10 from the NME, 5/5 from the Independent and 4 stars from Uncut magazine.
Spiritualized became one of the most important bands of their generation after releasing one of the greatest albums ever recorded, the 1997 Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Now Floating in Space.
Spiritualized are not a band that tours often so donâ€™t miss this opportunity.
By Keith Bailie
Tickets are still available from all the usual outlets and cost Â£19.50.
Spiritualized live at Mandela Hall Belfast
Thursday 29th May