Santa Cruz Good Times

Tuesday
Jul 28th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

It Comes in Waves

music SpiritualizedThe splendor of Spiritualized’s limitless space rock is in its relentless and familiar flow

Wow! It’s like you’re next door now,” Jason Pierce says, after a series of inaudible phone calls. Though the London-based frontman for Spiritualized is pleased that we’re finally able to connect, he claims, “I liked it when we couldn’t hear each other. There was so much room for error before.”

It’s amusing, and rather lovely, to find out that Pierce—also known as J. Spaceman and the co-founder of alt-rock act Spacemen 3—couldn’t care less about how he is perceived at this particular moment, seeing as his most recent work, the symphonic rock record Sweet Heart Sweet Light, was heralded as a Top Album of 2012 by Pitchfork Media, MAGNET Magazine and Under The Radar magazine. Perhaps even more astonishing, is that this much-publicized praise is a surprise to him so many months later.

“I didn’t know that, but I knew people had taken to it,” Pierce admits. “It’s weird because I made the record when I was having treatment for Hep C. It feels now a little bit like I was dislocated from the record, so it’s taken playing the songs live to kind of reacquaint myself—I actually don’t mind say[ing] that—to sort of reconnect with that record.

“It’s kind of strange to have a record that really resonates with a lot of people, but that I didn’t really get at the time of the release,” he goes on. “I spent a very difficult year making that record.” Part of the challenge, he says, was battling the various side effects of his treatment, specifically changes to his personality and the ability to think and cope.

“It’s been good to get out and play [Sweet Heart] live in a different context,” says Pierce, though he assures fans that his current tour’s set list is not limited to music from that album (which incidentally features the spellbinding vocals of his 13-year-old daughter, Poppy, too).

“I just don’t stop,” Pierce says of touring. “I think it’s really important to play. That’s what I do. I never make any money doing this. I’m losing money again coming out [to the U.S.], but I don’t know what else to do. I’ve got this amazing band and this amazing thing that we’re trying to reach for. It just seems crazy to make any distance and not play as many shows as we can until the money runs out.” Before heading to Coachella, Spiritualized will perform at the Cocoanut Grove on April 11.

When asked how he has managed to stay so enthused throughout his productive career—spanning an impressive 30-odd years—Pierce confesses, “It comes in waves, to be honest. I’m not always feeling great.

“I think the thing is, when you make something new, it really has to feel like the most fucking important thing in your world,” he continues. “It has to feel like it’s absolutely essential that it becomes part of the wider world … when I get involved in something, it’s seriously the best thing I’ve ever been involved in and it’s so important that it becomes finished.”

His commitment to a polished product is evident on each of Spiritualized’s tracks, almost all of which run six to 10 minutes long, or more. Yet, time seems to stand still as Pierce draws listeners in and guides them to the most satisfying of sensory stimulation.

“Sometimes it’s more beautiful, and better, to hit a single chord as long and as loud as you can,” he explains. “There’s something really beautiful in that kind of futile attempt to make some statement about where you are. … It’s like the waves. It’s not the fact that every wave is different; it’s the fact that they just keep on coming.” 


Spiritualized performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at The Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 423-2053, or visit folkyeah.com.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

The Binding of Edmund McMillen

How a Santa Cruz designer created one of the most unlikely hits in video game history

 

Sun in Leo, Rosy Star, Venus and Uranus Retrograde

Three major celestial events occur this week. Wednesday, the Sun enters Leo, highlighting the heart center of everyone. Leo is a sign of deep sensitivity (along with Cancer). Wednesday is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Saturday, July 25, Venus turns stationary retrograde at 0 Virgo (progressed Regulus, the Law, Hall of Records). Venus retrogrades for 44 days and nights, forming one petal of a five-pointed rosy star (pentagram) in the sky (five retrogrades over eight years = star). Venus retrograde turns values upside down. Our usual sense of beauty, values, the real price of things, relationships—all turn into a bundle of confusion. We don’t seem to know anything. Luxury goods are mispriced, values are jumbled, we wonder who that person is we’re in relationship with. We don’t know where our money is or where it’s gone. Venus, in daily life, represents values (resources, money, possessions and quality of relationships). Venus retrograde asks, “What do I value?” Venus retrograde puts us in touch with what has changed and what is truly of value in our lives. Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo to 14 degrees Leo (July 25-Sept. 6). Leo is about the self and our creativity, which is how we come to know and value ourselves. We “know ourselves through what we create.” In Venus (values) retrograde (inner focus) we will ask, “What are values (not just money and finances)? What are my values? What do I create? How do I value my creations? Do I value myself?” Sunday, Uranus—planet of all things new, revelatory and revolutionary—also retrogrades (from 20 to 16 degrees Aries) until the full moon of Christmas Day. Five months of Uranus retrograde. In July and continuing on through the following months we have many planets retrograding. Things therefore slow down. Everyone’s focus becomes subjective, hidden by veils and curtains. A time when inner reserves of strength are available. A time of protection.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 24

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

AJ’s Market

Local cult fave keeps getting bigger and better

 

What do you think of Bernie Sanders?

He’s what we need, more hardcore Democrats. Old-school, ’70s-style Democrats. Tony Dolan, Santa Cruz, Freelancer

 

Hunter Hill Vineyards & Winery

Calling all Merlot lovers—Hunter Hill has released its 2013 estate Merlot ($25)—and a superb one it is, too.

 

Turn Up the Beet

Golden beets with buffalo mozzarella, plus single-malt whiskies and award-winning local Chardonnays