Spiritualized will release their fifth studio album, Amazing
Grace, on September 9th. According to frontman J Spaceman
(real name Jason Pierce), the record was inspired by a former
Spiritualized collaborator, New Orleans musical legend Dr. John.
“He was talking to me about writing songs,” Pierce says,
“saying, ‘Your shit means something. You should write to tell
people where it’s at.’ So I tried to write a record that told
people where things were — ‘Amazing Grace’ came with that. It
means something to everybody.”
Pierce wrote all the material in September 2002, demoing the
tracks in Primal Scream’s London studio. A month later, he gathered
the rest of Spiritualized in South Wales, where they laid down the
album in just two weeks.
Gleaning inspiration from their work with a jazz quartet,
Spiritualized sound more raw than ever.
“Jazz musicians spend their lives doing improvised music,”
Pierce says, “so they know what they want to achieve in it. My idea
was to capture people when they’re still exploring what they can do
— before they’ve learned, ‘Oh! This is the drum roll that goes
into the chorus.’ This kind of magic can only happen once.”
Spiritualized were still signed to Arista when they recorded the
album, but have since been able to leave the label and take
Amazing Grace with them. “We made this record with
Arista’s money,” Pierce says. “We robbed the bank, to use their
words.” The record will come out on Sanctuary, who approached the
band immediately after they became free agents. “Anybody who can
put together a contract that’s less than eleven pages long, I’ll
put my name on it,” Pierce says. “They give a shit about
Before Amazing Grace hits record store shelves, all
eleven tracks will be shuffled around for a series of three
vinyl-only EPs: Love, Live and The
Universe, due out in the last two weeks of August and the
first week of September, respectively.
Spiritualized are planning a U.S. tour for October.