Spiritualized announce new album to coincide with 20th anniversary of ‘Ladies And Gentlemen…’

Band will also perform 'Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' in full at one-off November gig

Spiritualized are to release a new album next year to mark the 20th anniversary of their landmark album ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’.

Singer Jason Pierce said the album would be released on June 16 2017, 20 years to the day since the release of ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’.

To mark the announcement, Spiritualized will play ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’ in full at a one-off performance at London’s Barbican on November 7. It will feature a 15-piece orchestra and gospel choir. Tickets are £40-£60, on sale tomorrow (September 30).

Pierce said: “It’s the 20th anniversary next year, so we figured we should be playing a celebratory concert to coincide. Fortunately the new album is also due next year, 20 years to the day since ‘Ladies and Gentlemen…'”

He continued: “So as they don’t compete, we decided to run an anniversary show this year and leave some clear space for the new album. I just didn’t want to pass on the opportunity to perform ‘Ladies and Gentlemen…’ live again. It’s such a massive and detailed piece of music to play, and is still as demanding and relevant to me as it was on its release. In one 70-minute blast, it just about covers everything I still find interesting and engaging in music, from free jazz, doo-wop and soul to rock & roll, gospel and the blues…All with heavy guns and the Barbican’s wide screen stage as the backdrop. It’s a real honour to be asked to play it there again.”

Spiritualized have played the album in full before at several shows in 2009 and 2010, when they played at All Tomorow’s Parties festival curated by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

The original album features Dr John, The Balanescu Quartet and The London Community Gospel Choir. It was written in the aftermath of Pierce’s break-up of his partner, Spiritualized keyboardist Kate Radley, who married Richard Ashcroft in secret in 1995. But Pierce has insisted that several of its songs were written before their split.

Nothing else is known about the new album, which will be Spiritualized’s first since ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’ in 2012.