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SPIRITUAL EVENT.

'it's not just about the band playing, it's about true exposure to ecstasy, it's like standing in a room and feeling the electricity from the person stood next to you, it's about feeling the air rebound off the back wall.'

Wow man, Jason Pierce and Spiritualized have been on the road a long time.

Since September actually, crisscrossing the UK, Europe and America.

Now they are back home and bringing their show to Cardiff University tomorrow night.

Fans should be in for a treat, Pierce describes reaction to the tour so far as 'astounding' and he's not a man given to over-exuberance, indeed the opening quote of this article was delivered down the phone in a laid-back drawl only just this side of consciousness.

Not that hardened Spiritualized fans, raised on blissed-out epics from albums like Lazer Guided Melodies, should look forward to dragging their beanbags and joss-sticks along to the Uni just yet.

Because Spiritualized have gone rock, new album Amazing Grace contains bluesy freak-outs and it's all down to the influence of bands like The White Stripes.

Pierce sighs: 'No it isn't, I said with bands like that around, music was going to get interesting, not that they influenced me. It's just we're always looking to move on, there's something about garage-rock that's retarded, just strapping on a guitar and going for it. I like that. I never like to do what's expected of me.'

For Pierce the need to constantly reinvent is addictive, the massive critical success of 1997's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space album seems now to leave him cold.

He explains: 'It's meaningless now, too much success in rock is measured by the efficiency to sell records, not by the music itself.'

He is even more dismissive of his time in Spacemen 3 where, along with Sonic Boom (aka Peter Kember), he helped produce some of the most important records of the late 1980s, with albums like Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To perfectly encapsulating their narcotic-drenched grandeur.

By 1991's brilliant final album Recurring, Pierce and Kember recorded different tracks in different studios just to avoid laying eyes (and fists) on each other.

Pierce grudgingly recalls: 'That was the dark and distant past and a very long story. Let's just say we hated each other.'

Expect a lot more love in the air at Cardiff University tomorrow.

Support comes from Cardiff's own Rocket Gold Star.

WE'VE got three copies of the latest Spiritualized album Amazing Grace to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question:

What is the name of Spiritualized's main man?

Send your answers on a postcard, together with your name, address and daytime telephone number to Spiritualized Competition, Alison Stokes, South Wales Echo Features, Thomson House, Havelock Street, Cardiff, CF10 1XR. The closing date is next Thursday.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 30, 2004
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