Spiritualized and Killing Joke each announced the collaboration on their Facebook pages, as Slicing Up Eyeballs notes. Pierce “has started recording in London at Youth’s studio and will complete the recordings in Spain,” Killing Joke’s post reads.
Aside from handling bass duties in the doom-laden English post-punk band, Youth has played in the Fireman with Paul McCartney and contributed production work to such albums as the Verve’s Urban Hymns (including both “Bittersweet Symphony” and “The Drugs Don’t Work”). He also co-wrote the Orb’s “Little Fluffy Clouds,” from The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. In the past year, Youth has produced albums by Echo & the Bunnymen and former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy.
Last year, Spiritualized contributed a track, “Always Forgetting with You (The Bridge Song),” to a compilation called Space Project, though Pierce told NME he only took the gig because he was broke. “They said they’ve give me $1,500 to do a drone, which I can do in my sleep,” he said last spring. “And they got lucky, because I didn’t go in to write a tune, but I came out with that song, so it kind of worked out.”
Spiritualized have already booked at least a couple of festival dates this year, including Atlanta’s Shaky Knees and Texas’s Austin Psych Fest. They’ll perform their landmark 1997 album Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space on Valentine’s Day at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, which one hopes will help a bit with those financial problems.
Killing Joke said in December they were also working on a new studio album.
Read Douglas Wolk’s interview with Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce, and watch the video for Sweet Heart Sweet Light‘s “Hey Jane” below.