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Spiritualized at Waiting Room moved to September - UPDATE

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blog by Steve Wilger  • 

(Update, July 11 at 4:40 p.m.) According to an email from FunTime Presents promoter Donny Kutzbach, Spiritualized has been postponed until Sept. 14 due to circumstances beyond the promoters’ control.

Tickets that have already been purchased will be honored at the new date, and the venue will remain at Waiting Room.)

Critically-acclaimed experimental rock band Spiritualized will hit the stage at the Waiting Room this Sunday in support of their latest album, 2012’s “Sweet Heart Sweet Light.”

Tickets for Sunday’s concert, booked by Funtime Presents, are available now from Ticketfly.com. The show will begin at 8 p.m.

Often referred to as a “space rock” band, Spiritualized was formed by front-man and principal songwriter Jason Pierce following the dissolution of English alternative band Spacemen 3 in 1989.

After a stream of non-album single releases, 1991 saw the band’s debut record, “Lazer Guided Melodies,” gain a positive response from critics upon its release.

“The group’s seminal debut album is aptly titled,” Heather Phares wrote in her AllMusic review. “The melodies shimmer and drone and hum like otherworldly pop tunes, and Radley and Pierce’s vocals hover gently in the mix. One of the premier dream-pop albums, ‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ is both beautiful and innovative.”

Spiritualized’s most widely-recognized piece of work, however, came with 1997 effort “Ladies and Gentlemen…We Are Floating in Space,” which, along with reaching No. 4 on the UK charts, gained recognition from the NME as the album of the year, even surpassing Radiohead’s release of “OK Computer” that same year.

“The records that I like the most are the ones where you’re the only audience,” Pierce said about his approach to music in a 2012 interview with GQ. “It’s just you and the record. Those records that seem to elevate you aren’t just foot-tapping pop music, they demand that you are listening and taking it in. I want to make records like that.”

Spiritualized continued to release a series of albums in the following years, including 2001’s “Let It Come Down” and “Amazing Grace” in 2008. After two years spent producing the album, 2012’s “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” was released as a foray in to more pop-oriented music, a stylistic choice which would produce the album’s first single, “Hey Jane.”

Like many of their previous records, “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” was released to wide critical acclaim. In his review, John Everhart of Under The Radar Magazine compared the album favorably to the 1997 breakthrough album saying, “On ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ [Pierce] captured the restless imagination of youth. Here he captures the elusive process of growing into middle age gracefully on an album suffused with pathos, grief, and wonderment at still being alive to talk about it.’

TAGGED: concerts, funtime presents, shoegaze, space rock, spiritualized, the waiting room

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