Published Nov 24, 2009This month, iconic space rockers Spiritualized will reissue their classic 1997 album, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. In order to compile the expanded edition, band leader Jason Pierce revisited the band's archives, listening to long-forgotten demos and alternate mixes, as well as relearning his songs for live shows.
In a recent interview with The Quietus, the singer revealed that this experience has influenced the sound of his new material, adding that Spiritualized are currently at work on their seventh album. According to Pierce, the new recordings were inspired by Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.
"It's very weird to lay out something you did 12 years ago in all its complexity and then get inside it enough to be able to play it live, and not have that get into some of the newer stuff we're doing," he admitted.
It's not simply a case of Pierce ripping off his work, however. He insisted, "I'm not a big believer in backward steps, or thinking, 'Well, that worked then, let's do it again.'" Rather, listening to the album that is widely considered his best work has "raised the bar."
As for when the new album will be released, Piece answered "Um... when it's done. I can't answer questions like that, when it's done. But hopefully next year."
The standard reissue of Ladies in Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space will be released via Sony on December 1 in North America (November 30 in the UK). ATP will release a special expanded edition of the album on December 16, which includes two bonus discs plus a dozen mini CDs.