Spiritualized

Spiritualized, the unassuming sextet led by guitarist/vocalist Jason (Spacemen) Pierce, look and act nothing like rock stars; the six musicians stand virtually in one spot playing their instruments with the only audience communique being the combination of their notes and the sparse vocals. Although far from exciting to watch (even with the mirror ball, light show and smoke machine), Spiritualized's liquid lounge space music was hypnotizing. It's easy to get lost in them getting lost in the mood and the music. Which is the point. Through the dreamy mellow airs and the noisy crashes, each number evolves into the next, transforming the 13 songs performed over the 90-minute set into one long emotional roller-coaster ride with an occasional stop for breath. Like a persistent kid building a house of cards, pushing the limit until it falls and then starting over with the same four cards, Pierce has created his own take on verse-chorus-verse within each free-flowing song: mood-another mood-mood.

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Band: Jason Pierce, Sean Cook, Damon Reece, Tim Lewis, Rick Dickarty, Mike Mooney.

While the individual songs seem to matter less than the vibe, the Pink Floyd-esque-meets-Twin Peaks of “Broken Heart” and the cover of Spacemen 3’s pop “Walkin With Jesus” (both of which feature bassist Sean Cook on harmonica), along with Mike Mooney’s slide guitar on “Shine a Light,” stood out among the pleasing drone. As it went on, it improved, the best coming near the end of the evening with “Come Together,” the closest thing to a Spiritualized anthem pop song, and the intense “Cop Shoot Cop.”

Spiritualized

Palace; 1,250 capacity; $15.50

Production: Presented by Goldenvoice.

Crew: Reviewed Nov. 12, 1997.

Cast: Band: Jason Pierce, Sean Cook, Damon Reece, Tim Lewis, Rick Dickarty, Mike Mooney.

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