Space ‘Blow-Up Doll’ (Eighties Vinyl Records)
7″ Ltd Edition Vinyl
Available now

A ridiculously limited print run of just 250 copies will probably mean that unless you move with the speed of Usain Bolt this 7″ gem will pass you by; that would be a shame…a real shame, apart from (apparently) coming on blow up doll coloured vinyl; how would I know? Errm…I am reliably informed by ‘a friend’ – now lets move on.

This latest release from the revived Space ably demonstrates that whilst they are able to craft a pop-centric tune, there really is a disturbing element to their psyche.

‘Blow Up Doll’ is darkly delicious, a genuinely twisted brew of influences – Tommy Scott is almost Leftfield period Lydon as he wails “there’s no protocol in alcohol”, an early 80’s drum machine pattern cements the track, a Virus synth is proffering up all sorts of distorted Thomas Dolby(ish) bleeps, and noises, then a cavernous bass punches you in the chest…”you’ve got me dancing like a blow up doll” before the same drum refrain that defined Herbie Hancock’s 1982 ‘Rockit’ skitters across the middle eight – whilst Space have looked back at their roots, the neat trick is making something that sounds so current; this one will definitely burn its way into your head!

‘Killing In Widescreen’ is similarly, psychedelically dense; shards of reference bounce around this electro tribal belter – you could dance to it, pending on your position on the spectrum!…whilst ‘Favourite Gods’ has a expansive vibe to it, at times there are traces of ambience, before being wiped away by a weirdly claustrophobic vocal and clattering rhythms – Pop music at its best!

Space play The Arts Club, Liverpool Saturday 17th December

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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