Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: space rock shoegaze psychedelic seen live indie alternative rock indie rock british psychedelic rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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This dark, neo-psychedelic band was formed by J. Spaceman aka Jason Pierce (19 November 1965, Rugby, Warwickshire, England; vocals/guitar) after his messy break-up from former writing partner and Spacemen 3 cohort Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom. Based in Rugby, they were actually inaugurated in 1990 while Spacemen 3 was still officially active. Pierce took the remnants of that band with him, namely Mark Refoy (guitar), Will Carruthers (b. 9 November 1967, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England; bass) and Jon Mattock (drums), and added keyboard player Steve Evans.

Spiritualized’s first release was a sensitive cover version of Chip Taylor’s ‘Anyway That You Want Me’, then ‘Feel So Sad’, a sonic opera lasting 13 minutes and 20 seconds. Evans was then replaced by Pierce’s girlfriend Kate Radley (b. 19 February 1967). Headliners at ICA’s Irn Bru Rock Week, the band’s familiar Velvet Underground guitar...

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