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      Back in the 90’s Space were everywhere: on the radio, the telly and on our snide walkman Players. The Platinum selling Liverpool band brought us classic hits like Female of the Species, The Ballad of Tom Jones and Neighbourhood. Now that they’ve reformed, we’re long overdue plenty of more musical treats from them as they’re set to come back with a vengeance.

      The new line-up features original members Tommy Scott [vocals/guitar] and Franny Griffiths [keyboards], who will be joined by Phil Hartley [double bass/bass], Ryan Clarke [vintage keys] and drummer Allan Jones. They’re due to play a much anticipated hometown gig at Liverpool Academy December 21st, where they will be showcasing new songs from their upcoming fourth studio album Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab. I spoke to Tommy about Horror, nostalgia and Giant monsters.


      HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE REUNITED AFTER ALL THIS TIME?
      It feels great, we’re buzzing. It’s been a long time since we’ve been doing proper stuff together. Obviously we’ve had a casualty with [our drummer] Andy Parle dying, and Jamie Murphy [our guitarist] leaving us, but it’s all worked out now. Him leaving hasn’t changed our music or anything, we’re just not going to play his tunes live- all the hits were mine anyway, haha.

      HOW ARE YOU COPING WITH THE MEDIA ATTENTION AGAIN?
      I’ve never been used to it really. I wouldn’t say we’ve ever had loads of it anyway, but everything is going mad quick at the moment so it could all kick off. We want to come back with force, we want to prove we’re not just a nostalgia band, I hate all that nostalgia crap, so we will be playing a mix of new and old stuff for our live sets. We’re not just a band from the 90’s and hopefully we’re gonna show that with our new album.

      YOU’RE KNOWN FOR YOUR DARK LYRICS ABOUT SERIAL KILLERS, OUTCASTS AND MENTAL ILLNESSES, WHAT INSPIRES THIS?

      The lyrics come from me loving horror films, especially classic horrors like Hammer and Universal. I’m really into 50’s horror music too – I like things that are dark and edgy, it makes things more mysterious and interesting I think.

      IS YOUR NEW ALBUM ATTACK OF THE MUTANT 50FT KEBAB GOING TO BE AS DARK AS YOUR OTHER ONES?
      This is album is well darker, probably our darkest one yet. It’s also easy-listening and post-punk too but with a sinister feel to it. You know we’ve got songs on it called Happy Clowns and Guest List to Hell...

      WHAT’S WITH THE ODD NAMES, LIKE ATTACK OF THE MUTANT 50FT KEBAB?
      The album title is actually the name of one of the tracks on the album. The name is basically our way of trying to fight back at massive shops like Next and places like that. Those shops make it harder for smaller independent shops to do well. The kebab is supposed to be a metaphor, like a giant monster attacking chain stores and destroying them.

      IN TERMS OF BIG VERSUS SMALL THEN, DO YOU PREFER TO PLAY INTIMATE VENUES OR ARENAS?
      Yeah, we definitely prefer to play smaller venues. Places like the academy and the Lomax have more atmosphere and the audience don’t feel as distant. Our manager was talking about us maybe playing the Echo, but we were like nah, that place seems soulless.

      I SAW YOU PLAY WITH YOUR OTHER BAND, THE DRELLAS, WHEN YOU SUPPORTED THE BUZZCOCKS THE OTHER YEAR, WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THEM AT THE MOMENT?

      Oh did you? That’s great! The Drellas have basically turned into Space now to be honest; both bands have sort of merged now to form the new Space. When I played with the Drellas we played Space songs like She’s in love with a boy in a body bag and stuff, too. So we’re sort of a mix of both bands now, but under the name Space. We were buzzing supporting the Buzzcocks though and we [The Drellas] had a 7” vinyl single that came out too Orchestra of Tears/Violence is Art, it was all good.

      WHAT LIVERPOOL BANDS ARE YOU INTO AT THE MOMENT?

      I’m really into a band called the Sea Witches. They’re an all-girl post-punk band who used to rehearse downstairs from our studio. Their live sets are amazing and they have a proper psychedelic feel to them. We’ve talked about maybe writing something with them, see what happens. Echo and the Bunnymen are my favourite band from Liverpool though, but I mainly listen to punk bands and rockabilly like The Slits. I love Frank Sinatra too, actually...a bit of everything.

      SO, WHAT’S NEXT FOR SPACE?
      The album will be out in March, and we’re going to tour the UK from February to march. I can’t wait. We’re hoping for a world tour as well, nothing has been booked yet but we’re definitely planning on it. Oh and we’re playing Liverpool Academy in December, hopefully I’ll see you there. It will be good to play our hometown again.

      Space will be appearing at Liverpool O2 Academy on 21st December.

      Anna Kennedy ||

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