Unknown Mortal Orchesta, Foxygen, Chvrches, Port St. Willow, Beach Fossils, Ra Ra Riot, Palma Violets. These are some of the bands that I’ve caught so far in the first quarter of 2013, mostly at mid-level/pretty intimate venues. These shows and bands are not connected, but they all have one thing in common after tonight: They were larger capacity shows than the show that Spiritualized performed hours ago tonight in Bushwick. Think about that.

The show took place at a hole in the wall named Secret Project Robot that usually serves as a art space. The show was capped at 120 people, and as you can imagine, it was filled with ease, leaving many fans in the (literal) cold. The space was like something that Andy Warhol would have most definitely used for one of his parties back in the day. It was a treat to watch a soon to be legendary show in such a space.

Even with never seeing Spiritualized live before, I had a good idea of what to expect. An ample mix of loud and quiet, mixed to achieve equally beautiful effects.

The new band acted as though they had been together for years, especially with the fierce Kid Millions on drums. They left nothing to be desired. Jason Pierce was a powerful presence even if he played quietly seated to the right, barely visible depending on where you were standing. You didn’t need to do more than take in the wondrous space-rock sounds that Spiritualized create with deft precision and ease. It’s a thing of beauty to watch unfold live, and even more amazing considering that I will never ever see the band in a more intimate setting in my life.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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