Space rock unit Spiritualized are ramping up to release a new record next year, but frontman Jason Pierce has now hinted that it will probably be the band's last.
"I'm a lot older now and in a weird way I think it's my last record," he told The Independent, talking about the forthcoming full-length. "I've already covered so much ground and already done a load of ideas. There's no point doing something unless it's better than that. It's mentally and physically such a taxing and demanding year or so, and there's no point doing it unless it's really something else. I've never bowed to pressure and done anything I'd considered a bad move artistically. And I won't start for anybody."
It's unsurprising then that he considers the band's next album to be on par with their 1997 classic Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, which will be celebrated with a special London show tonight (November 7) featuring a 15-piece orchestra and gospel choir.
Pierce also revealed that he has no intention of reuniting Spacemen 3, turning down a £2 million offer to reform his early band.
"It's a ton of money. But I think it's too important for that, I really do," he told The Independent. "It's been my life's work to wave my small flag to show how important rock'n'roll is. You can buy those records if you want to hear the music. The argument that gets thrown at me is people didn't see it first time. But there's a whole history of mankind and I wasn't there for most of it."
He added, "Maybe I'm just stupid. I certainly need the money. Who doesn't need that? Who couldn't give half of it away if they did have it?"
Given his attitude to band reformations, it's probably best you buck up and pay attention to Spiritualized now, while you still can. Pierce previously insinuated that the next — and now possibly last — record would arrive 20 years to the day since Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space was released. That would make it due for arrival on June 16, 2017.
When it does land on earth, the LP will mark the follow-up to 2012's Sweet Heart Sweet Light.