Last night the British space rock band, Spiritualized, graced the halls of Boston’s legendary Paradise Rock Club, taking the stage to enthusiastic cheers from the intimate crowd. Jason Pierce, the only constant member of Spiritualized since its inception in 1990, writes, composes and sings all of the band’s material, and his set reflected the talent evident on his recordings. The band drew from their new album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, and revisited several songs from their critically acclaimed 1997 release, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, including the title track and a gentler rendition of “Come Together.”
Pierce and his three accomplices utilized the talented voices of two female backup vocalists and fractal-like light projections to enhance the depth of their psychadelic performance. They frequently transitioned between songs with harmonious pancakes of ambient sound that either evolved into a hypnotic jam or remained stagnant, pregnant with mobility. This created a malleable plain that could fluctuate and change naturally at any time. One such instance came during “So Long You Pretty Thing” when it oscillated between itself and the classic, “Fools Rush In.”
Oscillation was a theme of the show as the mood constantly moved between fast and slow, crunchy and imperturbably subdued. This prevented Spiritualized from establishing a cogent rhythm, but it did create an agreeable tumult that kept the audience continuously anticipating what came next, and maybe that was the point.
All in all a solid show and an enjoyable night. Fans may not have been blown away, but they were satisfied to the point where there was certainly nothing to complain about. Check them out next time they swing by.