Do you remember Space? No…not the thing all around us, but the British band who are back with a new single Strange World. It will be out on October 19, 2015 via Ocean Waves Productions. Strange World combines Space’s signature sound with a Mariachi vibe, creating a record that could serve as the soundtrack to a David Lynch film. The band will also embark on an extensive UK tour of the same name throughout October and November 2015 – see a list of tour dates below.
Wed 21 October – Swindon @ Vic
Thu 22 October – St Albans @ The Horn
Fri 23 October – Southend @ Chinnerys
Sat 31 October – Runcorn @ Brindley
Fri 6 November – Minehead @ Shiiine
Sat 7 November – Cleethorpes @ Beachcomber
Sun 8 November – Doncaster @ Diamond
Fri 13 November – Cumbria @ Monroe Bar
Sat 14 November – Stockton @ Georgian
Fri 20 November – Wigan @ Old Courts
Sun 22 November – Manchester @ FAC 251
Tue 24 November – Swansea @ Sin City
Wed 25 November – Cardiff @ The Globe
Thu 26 November – Reading @ Bowery
Fri 27 November – Bristol @ Fleece
Sat 28 November – Coventry @ Kasbah
Mon 30 November – Sunderland @ The Point
Tue 1 December – Edinburgh @ Electric Circus
Wed 2 December – Aberdeen @ Tunnels
Thu 3 December – Glasgow @ Classic Grand
Fri 4 December – Liverpool @ Epstein
Sat 5 December – London @ Brixton Jamm
Thu 10 December – Tunbridge @ Wells Forum
Fri 11 December – Wolverhampton @ Slade Rooms
Sat 12 December – Lincoln @ Platform
Sat 19 December – Norwich @ UEA
More about Space? Space formed in May 1993 when Liverpudlian musicians Tommy Scott and Andy Parle recruited teenager Jamie Murphy and Kraftwerk fanatic Franny Griffiths to help translate the sounds in Scott’s head. The band’s first single If It’s Real was released on manager Mark Cowley’s own label Hug Records and this release led to Gut Records discovering the band.
A low key single Money/Kill Me was released in November 1995. The band cut their teeth on the live scene around this time too, but it was the release of Neighbourhood that really kicked things off for Space.
Second single Female of the Species which was written for his late father, who had always hated his music. He wanted it to sound like a Burt Bacharach tune sung by Frank Sinatra. The results were wonderful. Female of the Species was an instant classic, staying in the UK top 40 for an astonishing three months. Watch the video below via YouTube. The song that catapulted Space to a whole new audience and their debut album ‘Spiders’ was a resounding critical success.
Three sold out tours, three further Top 20 singles (Dark Clouds, a re-released Neighbourhood and the Top 10 hit Me and You Versus The World) along with triumphant festival appearances followed.
Space’s second album ‘Tin Planet’ was a darker, more song-focused album that put Scott’s voice out front. Tommy describes ‘Tin Planet’ as, “More darkness, but the songs are pure love songs. Our first songs used to be trying to be like Speedy Gonzales or Peter Lorre. Now its more Marlene Dietrich.” The first single from ‘Tin Planet’ was Avenging Angels which was released in December 1997 and went straight into the charts at No. 6. Next came The Ballad of Tom Jones, a duet with Cerys Matthews from Catatonia, which was released in February 1998.
Their third album. ‘Love You More Than Football’ was due to be released in the UK in mid 2000 but was delayed indefinitely by Gut records. In November 2003, when Space signed to Randm records.The first single release under Randm came in February 2004, with the title track from the new album, Suburban Rock ‘n’ Roll. It reached 16 in the UK Indie charts. This was closely followed by ‘Suburban Rock ‘n’ Roll’ the album in March, the first Space album to hit the shops in five years, described as “eleven brilliant trips into the crazed mind of Tommy Scott”, this was the new Space sound at its best. The last release under randm, and the last to date, was the single 20 Million Miles from Earth, released in May 2004. It reached 35 in the UK Indie chart.
In November 2011, Space announced they were back with a new line-up reunited original members Tommy, Jamie and Franny back together for the first time in ten years. They were joined by Phil Hartley (Bass / Double Bass), Ryan Clarke (Vintage Keys) and Allan Jones (Drums).
Throughout 2012 Space worked on their latest album ‘Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab’, as well as performing at various venues and festivals. Although Jamie has now left the band, Space continue to work on their new material, they’re preparing to release new matieral and will embark on their ‘Strange World’ tour this Autumn.
For more information on Space, visit spacetheband.co.uk.