Space have 3 massive hit singles under their belt so far since last
summer. Not bad for a band who claim inspiration from such far out
sources as film-goers companion handbooks and Planet of the Apes. Who
lives in a house like this? Diminutive frontman/bassist/singer Tommy
Scott throws a light on the weird world of this Liverpudlian quartet.
"Basically we're about looking at things in another way, using your
imagination. Take a song like Neighbourhood, that's about looking at
things from the perspective of a child, when everything seems weird and
seedy". Tommy is 28 but with the impish grin of a 12-year old peering
through his neighbours windows.
He is Spock-like in his appearance (dark pointy eyebrows) and his
love for all things camp affirms the peculiar quality of the man. "Mostly
I'm influenced by films", he says in a heavy scouse accent. "I see the
songs I write as soundtracks for particular stories in my head.
Musically I like old stuff like Roy Orbison, and some new stuff like
Tricky, but movies are the big thing for me. Ive never really had heroes
Space launched themselves three years ago and have found quite a
large niche in the more surreal tailend of the Britpop market thanks to
the debut album Spiders. The single Female of the Species (name taken
from a B-movie advert) is currently to be heard on ads for the Childrens
While Tommy gives credit to Oasis for paving the way for rock music
in the mid-90s, he is less favorable towards the rest of the new lad
entourage. "I find it all rather boring. Its like the new conservatism -
the Tory version of music".
Tories are a subject Space don't mind discussing. "We all hate the
queen and Tories", professes drummer Franny in a matter-of-fact tone.
"We're from Liverpool so we don't call ourselves English. We're scouses.
Everyone hates us in England". This is no mere nihilistic rock'n'roll
posturing. Until Female of the Species took off they were all on the
dole, and have a real grounding in the political situation in England.
Nevertheless they try to keep politics out of their music.
"Politics to me was about my dad being on strike all the time",
continues Franny. "It's about being on the dole and trying to get off it.
I'm going to vote Labour although I think they're beginning to look a bit
Being from Liverpool beckons the compulsory Beatles link, but you're
more likely to hear musical similarities with the fab four in Manchester
than in the Space collective. Spiders fuses a number of styles from
cabaret to rock and trip hop. "People in Liverpool could never really
get their heads around us because we weren't trying to rip off Revolver by
the Beatles or Fifth Dimension by the Byrds. If the Beatles were around
today they'd be using samplers and equipment because they were ahead of
Three quarters of Space are in their late 20s and have left their
wilder days behind them. "When I was 14 or 15 I had dreams of being a big
famous star", says Tommy, "but I'm 28 now and it's got to the point where I
just get a bit jaded by the whole thing." Franny agrees. "When we're
finished touring we just want to go home and put our feet up and lounge
about. We're not into the whole rock'n'roll drugs lifestyle. That side of
bands is so boring. Any old dosser in the street can smoke a joint. If
thats what people want to do thats fine but were not that type of band".
Space have material for a second album which should see the light of
day next autumn.
by Niall Byrne