'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. This is Space at their finest, a record set to delight their army of fans as well as winning many more.
A Brief History of 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, with The Farm's bass player Carl Hunter designing the artwork. This release led to Gut Records discovering the band.
A low key single 'Money/Kill Me' was released in November 1995 - it left the shops as quickly as it had entered. 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. It told the tale of Tommy's childhood street in Liverpool, but with serial killers and transvestites in the starring roles. This was pop music with a dark and sharp edge, a taste of things to come.
Second single 'Female of the Species' was a bolt from the blue. Scott wrote this song 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. 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.
Old acquaintance Dave Palmer, better known as Yorkie, joined the band in late 1997. After helping out with the album, Yorkie was asked to become the bands' full time bassist, allowing Tommy to concentrate on vocals.
Internationally, things began to happen for the band, already a massive hit in the UK 'Female of the Species' also gained airplay on college radio and MTV in America. With success comes touring, with touring comes stress... A tour of the US followed in mid-1997. Jamie, the youngest member of the band at only 21, found it all too much. He took a break, missing some live shows and TV appearances. The death of Palmer's mother, legendary Liverpool singer Gladys Palmer, also devastated the band.
Jamie returned for the recording of Space's second album 'Tin Planet'. This darker, more song-focused album put Scott's voice to the fore. The band mixed the classicism of his songs with Griffiths' keyboard backdrops, Murphy's energy and Parles' solid rhythms.
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."
In early 1998 after finishing Space's second album Tin Planet, drummer Andy Parle left. He was immediately replaced by Leon Caffrey. 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 and entering the charts at Number 4. The album itself was released in March 1998 and entered the album charts at Number 3!
During 1999 Space took a well earned break from the rigours of touring and concentrated on writing material for 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.
Between record companies Space took time rewriting material for their new album and at the end of 2001 announced a free intimate gig for the fans, scheduled for the 26th January 2002 at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool. However with just a week to go before the performance news broke that Jamie Murphy had left the band again. The show went ahead regardless and was enjoyed by all, with Space giving a superb performance.
Fast-forward through 2003 with a series of Music For Aliens releases to keep the loyal fans happy and we arrive 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 long 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.
Following months of speculation by fans, Space were finally declared to have parted ways in an email from Yorkie to a fan. An unfortunately low-key and quiet ending for a band that was still beloved by many.
Following their split the group went separate ways musically. Tommy formed a new band called The Drellas, to be later joined by Leon. Franny produced under the name Subway Showdown, then reunited with Jamie as band members in Dust. Yorkie continued to produce music and work on his solo project Moongoose.
In August 2009, Space's former drummer Andy Parle sadly passed away. The remaining original members met at his funeral and this broke the ice between them. This encounter sowed the seeds for what was to follow.
In November 2011 the big news hit that Space were back. The 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). Space's return was cemented with a reunion gig at the O2 Academy Liverpool in December 2011. The show was a quick sell-out, and gave fans an early taste of the band's new material and sound.
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.
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
Listen to “Restless” now. This is the first full track to be unveiled from the album and is available digitally from tomorrow.
“Restless” finds the group contemplating life in the modern world. It’s a classic New Order track, enticing the listener in, and setting the tone perfectly for the rest of Music Complete.
“Restless” will be supported with a full remix package, available on vinyl, CD and digitally October 9, 2015.
Music Complete will be released September 25, 2015 on CD, download and limited edition clear vinyl. In addition, there will be an exclusive 8-piece deluxe vinyl collection that includes the album plus extended versions of all 11 tracks on colored vinyl – PRE-ORDER HERE.
Live dates have been announced, and are selling fast. The UK tour will include The Warehouse Project in Manchester as well as two shows at London’s Brixton Academy. Stay tuned for news about North American shows!
4 Nov - Paris, Casino de Paris
6 Nov - Brussels, Ancienne Belgique – SOLD OUT
8 Nov - Stockholm, Annexet
11 Nov - Berlin, Tempodrom
16 Nov - London, Brixton Academy – SOLD OUT
17 Nov – London, Brixton Academy
19 Nov - Glasgow, Academy
21 Nov - Liverpool, Olympia – SOLD OUT
24 Nov - Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
2 Dec – Manchester, Warehouse Project – SOLD OUT
3 Dec – Manchester, Warehouse Project
Music Complete is produced by New Order, except “Singularity” and “Unlearn This Hatred,” both produced by Tom Rowlands. “Superheated” features additional production by Stuart Price. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey, except “Plastic,” which was mixed by Richard X.
Brandon Flowers provides vocals on “Superheated,” Iggy Pop features on “Stray Dog” and Elly Jackson (La Roux) features on “Tutti Frutti” and “People On The High Line” and backing vocals on “Plastic.” Strings on the album, performed by the Manchester Camerata, are arranged by Joe Duddell. Long-term collaborator Peter Saville provides art direction.
New Order is: Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham
MUSIC COMPLETE TRACKLIST
4. Tutti Frutti
5. People On The High Line
6. Stray Dog
8. Nothing But A Fool
9. Unlearn This Hatred
10. The Game
ASONIA’s forthcoming self-titled will be released July 31st on RCA Records.
Check out the lyric video for “Let Me Live My Life” here: http://smarturl.it/SALMLlv
The debut single from the upcoming album, “Better Place” is currently #12 on the Active Rock Radio and climbing steadily. Saint Asonia will be kicking off their first headlining tour on August 14th in Oklahoma City. For further information go to www.saintasonia.com
For the latest news on SAINT ASONIA:
Memphis–born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb is 10 years into his music career, with many albums under his belt, but he's got himself a career highlight in Medicine.” – NPR Music
LEG TWO with Needtobreathe, Switchfoot, and Colony House:
Nov 04 -- MCdonald Theatre; Eugene, OR
Nov 05 -- The Catalyst; Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 06 -- Brooklyn Bowl; Las Vegas, NV
Nov 07 -- The Glass House; Pomona, CA
Nov 08 -- Crescent Ballroom; Phoenix, AZ
Nov 10 -- Skylight; Santa Fe, NM
Nov 11 -- Paper Tiger; San Antonio, TX
Nov 12 -- Numbers; Houston, TX
Nov 13 -- The Scoot Inn; Austin, TX
Nov 14 -- Joy Theater; New Orleans, LA
Nov 16 -- Terminal West; Atlanta, GA
Nov 18 -- Bluebird Nightclub; Bloomington, IN
Nov 19 -- Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 20 -- Englert Theatre; Iowa City, IA
Nov 21 -- Fine Line Music Cafe; Minneapolis, MN
Dec 01 -- Great American Music Hall; San Francisco, CA
Dec 02 -- Great American Music Hall; San Francisco, CA
Dec 03 -- Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Dec 04 -- Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Dec 05 -- Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Dec 07 -- Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub; Sacramento, CA
Dec 09 -- Showbox At The Market; Seattle, WA
Dec 12 -- Crystal Ballroom; Portland, OR
August 7 on Saddle Creek
The Mynabirds third full-length album, Lovers Know, will be released August 7 via Saddle Creek, and is now available as an exclusive “First Listen” on NPR Music.
Led by Laura Burhenn and produced by Bradley Hanan Carter of Black English, the album explores influences of 80s, 90s, and futuristic soundscapes, while recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine. The result is arguably one of Burhenn’s most personal and confessional works to date, yet also her most accessible, delving deep into universal themes of love, loss, and seeking connection. The first two singles from the album are “Semantics” and “Wildfire” which are now available to hear and share on YouTube.
“Love – or the lack of it – is the thing we all have in common,” notes Burhenn about the themes weaving together the new album. “It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it’s also the thing that can make us sing.”
US Tour Dates
8/20 Los Angeles @ Santa Monica Pier w/Ariel Pink
9/2 San Diego @ Soda Bar
9/10 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/11 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/15 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/17 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/18 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/19 Chicago, IL @ Schubas w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/20 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Bad Bad Hats
9/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade w/ Bad Bad Hats & Stranger Cat
9/26 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall w/ Bad Bad Hats & Stranger Cat
9/28 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
9/29 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
10/1 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10/2 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
10/5 Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
10/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
10/7 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse
10/8 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
10/9 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
In May 2014, Johnny Stevens, (guitars/lead vocals) along with twins, Rich, (bass/vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums) signed to 300 Entertainment, a recently formed independent boutique label co-founded by Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz, Kevin Liles and Roger Gold. With over 850 shows under their belts and having supported the likes of My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear, the band's incendiary live show immediately won the label over.
Coming off a successful SXSW, Highly Suspect was hand-picked by iTunes for their 2015 New Artist Spotlight Program which launched in mid-March as “Lydia” impacted radio. As the “Lydia” began to gain listens, Highly Suspect found early support in the blogosphere with “Lydia” charting on Hype Machine and building looks on sites/blogs like Consequence of Sound, Clash Magazine, Earmilk, NYLON, Blackbook, Entertainment Weekly, Indie Shuffle, and The Wild Honey Pie. Along the way, Highly Suspect drew the biggest audience to date at Lollapalooza’s BMI Stage.
Aug 01 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA
Aug 03 Great Scott Allston, MA
Aug 04 Fete Music Hall Providence, RI
Aug 05 Pearl Street Clubroom Northampton, MA
Aug 06 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
Aug 08 Duck Room at Blueberry Hill St Louis, MO
Aug 09 The HI-FI Indianapolis, IN
Aug 11 The Frequency Madison, WI
Aug 12 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
Aug 14 The Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 16 The Basement Nashville, TN
Aug 17 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
Aug 18 Brooklyn Arts Center Wilmington, NC
Sep 12 Buffalo Outer Harbor Buffalo, NY
Oct 25 Aftershock 2015 Sacramento, CA
Acclaimed singer songwriter Glen Hansard will embark on a North American tour this fall including stops at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Chicago Theatre in Chicago, the new Kings Theatre in Brooklyn and the Beacon Theater in New York City. Hansard will perform songs from his second solo outing Didn’t He Ramble, due September 18 via Anti- Records.
In addition, the video for the album’s single “Winning Streak” recently premiered as an NPR Music First Watch and can be streamed/shared here: http://bit.ly/1Hbu4Mh.
Didn’t He Ramble was produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sufjan Stevens), a frequent collaborator of Hansard’s, and Grammy winner and former Frames band-mate David Odlum (Paloma Faith, Tinariwen). The album, which was recorded in New York, Dublin, Chicago and France, is Hansard’s most intimate and elegant record since his work in Once and features guest appearances by John Sheahan (Dubliners), Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Sam Amidon.
While the journey to finishing the record was a long one, the reward of finally arriving at the end line was well worth it. Hansard explains, “I feel I’ve really dug deep for these songs, and I’ve been chasing specific ideas asking myself ‘what is it I’m trying to say with this line or idea?’ One would hope that through all of this that you find your voice. And, amazingly, you might find it in the smallest gesture of a song.”
Glen Hansard is the celebrated principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the influential Irish group The Frames. Whether busking the streets of Dublin, where he got his start, or headlining a gig, Hansard has garnered a reputation as an unparalleled frontman.
Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” off the Once soundtrack. In 2013, the Broadway adaptation, Once, The Musical, won eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself.
As a solo artist he has sold-out shows worldwide and performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Tavis Smiley,” and has been featured on the Emmy Award-winning program “CBS Sunday Morning.”
GLEN HANSARD LIVE
November 9 Los Angeles, CA Walt Disney Concert Hall*
November 10 San Francisco, CA The Masonic*
November 12 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre*
November 13 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom*
November 14 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre*
November 16 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre*
November 17 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater*
November 19 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre*
November 20 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre*
November 21 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre*
November 23 St. Louis, MO The Pageant*
November 24 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre*
November 25 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre*
November 27 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
November 28 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
November 30 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
December 1 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
*supported by Aoife O’Donovan
Eliot Sumner announces tour dates with On An On with stops including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and more - see full routing below. The tour follows the premiere of "Dead Arms & Dead Legs", Eliot's first new music of 2015, on The Fader.
Eliot's EP Information, which was released in 2014 via Cherrytree/Interscope still bore some of the synth-pop hallmarks of her output as I Blame Coco, but its release captured a new audience with a renewed sense of focus and clarity. There are some more sophisticated influences on the record, from her favorite band as a teenager, the Bad Seeds, to bands like Cluster, Faust, and Kraftwerk. Following the release of the EP, Eliot joined Lykke Li as support on her European tour dates. The backstage antics of Eliot and her band were captured in a three-part behind the scenes documentary that featured on i-D, "On the Road with Eliot Sumner and Lykke Li".
Eliot Sumner Tour Dates:
8/20 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
8/21 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
8/22 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
8/24 Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack
8/25 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
8/26 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
8/28 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
8/29 Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
8/30 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
9/1 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
9/3 San Francisco, CA @ Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
9/4 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
9/6 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
9/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
9/9 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
9/11 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
9/12 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
9/13 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
9/15 Washington, DC @ DC9
9/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
9/18 Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy
9/19 Hamden, CT @ The Space
9/20 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
9/22 Toronto, ONT @ The Drake Hotel
9/23 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
9/24 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
of the album. You can now see a very special lyric video for the song via Idolator. They'll set out on a 20-date co-headlining tour with Young Rising Sons in July and August and will be able to play album tracks like "Operating", "Ready For You", and "End Of The World" live for the first time.
Capable of crafting stadium-sized pop missives that are hugely catchy and wonderfully earnest, the duo of Michael Garner and Dan Chang, write songs that tread an easy path between the head and heart, bursting at the seems with undeniable melodies and choruses that are custom-made to be sung along to, preferably at peak volume while surrounded by several hundred of your brand new very best friends.
On Ready for You Hunter Hunted’s ambition is fantastically evident. It’s a record that seems tailor-made to engineer happiness. It’s a pop record with long legs—packed with tracks that balance razor-sharp hooks with heartfelt sentiment. “We want to make songs that make people happy, songs that you can hear on the radio and that make you want to sing and dance,” says Garner. “We want to get to that point where we make a song that takes the world by storm, where it’s like, ‘Holy shit. This song is hitting so hard. We don't even know how to handle it!’ We're still waiting for that moment where all of this just takes off and knocks us off our butts.”
The story of Hunter Hunted begins, at least for most people, with the release of their debut EP, Hunter Hunted, in 2013. However, the group’s roots go back much further as they met at UCLA. They've been included in MTV's Artists To Watch, NYLON's "Bands to look out for," Starbucks "Pick of The Week, "Teen Vogue's "Jam's of the year," Billboard Magazines "Scouting Report" and KCRW's "Bands we Love."
While standout track "Keep Together" was making the rounds on TV shows, the band’s early singles quickly elevated Hunter Hunted from the ranks of indie-pop hopefuls to serious chart contenders, touring alongside FUN., Fitz and The Tantrums, Weezer, and Twenty One Pilots. The band also turned in lauded performances at Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and Firefly, as well as stops on Conan O’Brien's late night show and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show pre-show.
When asked about "Blindside" and the upcoming debut album they say, “We wanted to write songs that were both tiny and huge. Songs that you could play on an acoustic guitar alone or with a big band inside an arena.” With the help of Howard benson and Neil Avron behind the boards, Hunter Hunted have achieved that.
band has a busy year ahead of them - their co-headlining tour with
Interscope’s Young Rising Sons for July/August is only the start of
what's to come.
Hunter Hunted - Ready For You tracklisting:
1. Ready For You2. Operating
5. Lucky Day
6. Dora Maar
7. Gentle Folks
9. Keep Together
10. Better My Love
11. End Of The World
Hunter Hunted live shows:
^ co-headlining w/ Young Rising Sons
Mon 7/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy^
Tue 7/14 – San Diego, CA @ The House of Blues^
Wed 7/15 - San Franciso, CA @ Slim’s^
Thu 7/16 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s^
Sat 7/18 - Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theater^
Sun 7/19 - Seattle, OR @ the Crocodile^
Tue 7/21 – Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club^
Thu 7/23 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin^
Fri 7/24 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux^
Sat 7/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court^
Sun 7/26 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater^
Tue 7/28 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room^
Wed 7/29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room^
Thu 7/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi^
Fri 7/31 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme^
Mon 8/03 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall^
Tue 8/04 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met^
Wed 8/05 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair^
Fri 8/07 New York, NY @ The Highline Ballroom^
Sat 8/08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE^