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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

The six-year gap between Sweet Heart Sweet Light and majestic new LP And Nothing Hurt is the longest of Spiritualized’s career. Jason Pierce tells John Earls: “I always seem to choose the dumbest route to finishing anything…”

INTERVIEW

It’d be easy to continue the myth of Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce as a tortured obsessive, forever tweaking his grandiose visions while living on a diet of opium consumed at a gargantuan mixing desk.

The reality is that, while Pierce confesses to suffering from a near-paralysing mix of self-doubt and uncompromising ambition, he’s also highly self-aware. And that makes him killingly funny, as he discusses just why it’s taken six years for Spiritualized to return with the beautiful and surprisingly optimistic And Nothing Hurt.

A sprinkling of the new record’s nine songs were written four years ago, but the recording took several false starts before Pierce realised the only option was to make the band’s eighth album in his East London bedroom. Which, given the epic scope of Spiritualized’s sound, was always going to drag things on a bit. Pierce had previously held ultimately fruitless discussions with John Cale and Tony Visconti about producing the album, then began sessions with noted freeform-jazz drummer Charles Hayward, “when I thought the album was going to sound like Sun Ra or Lee Perry – of very simple rock ’n’ roll songs, but spinning around your head in an extraordinary way. But it sounded like I was showing how clever I could be, and it wasn’t good.”

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Issue 19 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale. 50 years on from the release of Jimi Hendrix’s career masterpiece, Electric Ladyland, we speak to some of the key figures in the making of the album, flick through Jimi’s entire record collection and round up 20 essential Hendrix releases on vinyl that no true fan should be without. Elsewhere this issue, we get the inside track on Spiritualized‘s first new album in six years from Jason Pierce and meet Anna Calvi to hear how she made her boldest and most articulate record to date, the outstanding The Hunter. We also reflect on a trio of 50th anniversaries, as Wayne Kramer tells Long Live Vinyl about half a century in the MC5 and we take in-depth looks at Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society – the latest in BMG’s Art Of The Album series. Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant gives us a private tour of his record collection, The Trip heads to the East Midlands to visit the record shops of Nottingham, and we meet the team behind Eel Pie Records in Twickenham. If all that’s not enough, we bring you the most extensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and accessory reviews, plus expert buying advice, anywhere on the newsstand.