Spiritualized’s first show of their tour at White Eagle Hall showcases their signature stacked crescendos and emotional performances, leaving the audience in awe.
The stage is set, the lights dim, and the crowd eagerly awaits the start of Spiritualized’s concert at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. Known for their mesmerizing and emotionally charged performances, Spiritualized delivers a marathon blissfest of stacked crescendos that transform the intimate venue into a Moon Palace for the night. This show marks the band’s return after their 2022 tour was cut short due to a medical emergency, and they pick up right where they left off, captivating the audience with their powerful music.
The Music Does the Talking
As the band takes the stage, frontman Jason Pierce lets the music do the talking. With a wonderful two-hour-plus “An Evening With” set, Spiritualized takes the audience on a journey through their discography. The setlist closely resembles their previous tour, and why change a winning formula when songs like “Hey Jane” seamlessly flow into “She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit),” “Shine a Light,” and “I’m Coming Home Again”? The sequence of songs plays the audience like a piano, transitioning from gracenotes to a maelstrom of guitars and back again.
A Showcase of Recent Albums
The bulk of the setlist consists of songs from Spiritualized’s two most recent albums, “And Nothing Hurt” (2018) and “Everything Was Beautiful” (2022). These albums provide some of the best moments of the night, including standout performances of “Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go,” “Always Together With You,” and “I’m Your Man.” While some fans may have missed songs from “Pure Phase,” the inclusion of at least one song from each of their albums ensures a well-rounded experience.
Emotion in Every Note
Jason Pierce, known for pouring his emotions into his playing and delivery, does not disappoint. His guitar work and vocals resonate with the audience, evoking a range of feelings throughout the night. Pierce’s essential trio of backup singers adds depth and harmony to the performance, their infectious smiles never fading. The entire band, including guitarist Doggen Foster, is in great form, creating a sonic landscape that captivates the crowd from start to finish.
From Cave to Hall
While last year’s performance in a cave in Tennessee was undoubtedly special, the show at White Eagle Hall surpasses expectations. The venue provides a better light show, a longer set, and a more relaxed vibe. As the main set comes to a close with “Sail on Through” from “And Nothing Hurt,” the crowd is left craving more.
An Epic Encore
Spiritualized returns for a two-song encore, leaving the audience in awe. The band performs “So Long You Pretty Thing” from “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” and “Come Together” from “Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space.” These final songs rip the lid off the joint, bringing the night to an epic close and leaving the crowd buzzing with energy.
Spiritualized’s performance at White Eagle Hall marks their triumphant return to the stage after a hiatus. Their marathon blissfest of stacked crescendos, emotional performances, and carefully curated setlist captivates the audience from start to finish. With their recent albums taking center stage, the band proves that their music continues to evolve and resonate with fans. As Spiritualized continues their East Coast tour, opening for Queens of the Stone Age, audiences can expect an unforgettable experience that transcends the boundaries of traditional live performances.