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Spiritualized at The Gothic Theatre show preview

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Spiritualized, Saturday April 6, 9 p.m., 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, $32/adv, $35/door, ages 16+, 303/788-0984, gothictheatre.com. - JULIETTE LARTHE
  • Juliette Larthe
  • Spiritualized, Saturday April 6, 9 p.m., 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, $32/adv, $35/door, ages 16+, 303/788-0984, gothictheatre.com.
Britain’s highly influential psych-rock band Spacemen 3 are no longer a trio. Actually, they no longer even exist, not since co-frontman Jason Pierce, aka J. Spaceman, went off in 1990 to start his own band Spiritualized, which at last count was a six-piece. Granted, Pierce does don the odd spacesuit from time to time, most recently in the press photo and video accompanying the band’s 2018 single “I’m Your Man.” But compared to his previous band’s extended guitar freakouts, Spiritualized have always been a more ethereal proposition, so much so that their set at the first Coachella was all but drowned out by mainstage performers The Chemical Brothers. Compare that to the most recent Spiritualized album And Nothing Hurt — most notably the bombastic sax-and-guitar frenzy that constitutes the second half of the nearly eight-minute-long track “The Morning After” — and it becomes clear that the band’s current incarnation could hold its own against any and all sonic invaders. And while their 1997 masterpiece Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space has been only marginally represented during recent European shows, Pierce and his band’s live repertoire are still likely to win over longtime fans and new converts.

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