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DANCING ROBOT MUSIC BLOG says:
My friends often bemoan the fact that I don’t really listen to music that has lyrics or is created via the use of traditional instruments.My Friends are idiots. (Hence the reason they like or fein to like me.)
I do listen to music apart from EDM, and these guys, Space Fight, have just been added to the list. Last week I was sent a few tracks of Space Fight’s debut release on Glasstone Records.
I have to admit I was coaxed into further listening by the more electronic remixes, but ended up really liking what I had heard of the none electronic tracks. Without trying to sound to cliched they sound familiar but not in a “Heard it Before”, more in tapping your foot and trying to sing along on a first listen kind of way. I found myself trying to sing lyrics I didn’t know by just allowing phonic bursts to issue forth from my mouth. (Some of you must have done this before. Right?) It’s kind of hard not to be swept along with what I heard. It sounds upbeat but not in your face “queso style upbeat”, just upbeat. The lead singer’s voice quite nicely counterpoints this by having a bit of a melancholic tinge to it. I haven’t heard too much of their stuff but like what I heard.
Anyway enough of what I think, check out this EP taster video and see what you thinkHere’s there Myspace where you can listen to their stuff.
Head over to Glasstone Records for a bit of a band bio. My favourite fact being the fact they also blew themselves up when they first played together.
And, if you like what you hear head over to Amazon or iTunes to pick up the EP.
SINISTER ANGELS REALM says:
Hailing from London (UK) Space Fight offer up a fun blend of Alterative Rock and pop / power pop music. The music this trio delivers is interesting to say the least, and with influences ranging from The Beach Boys, U2, and The Squeeze you wouldn’t expect anything else would you.
Of the five songs on offer here (two being remixes!), Control and In To The Blind seem to be the most appealing.
These guys have the pop thing nailed down well, lots of textures to the music and some great vocal harmonies in there too.
An interesting release from a promising band, it will be interesting to see what they come up with next!
By Pascale Day
In a world full of Pixies, Gagas, Biebers and Saturdays, it’s not too shocking to think that the world of alternative pop has been neglected due to long lengths of time spent on makeup, hair swishing and picking outfits up from the butchers. Perhaps it’s time to take off the diamante-encrusted sunglasses, look around, and ask: ‘who the fuck is flying the flag for the other side of pop?’ Space Fight, that’s who. The London-based trio have taken on the forgotten, the edgier, the indie-er and the downright dirty side of pop. Yes, it’s a hard genre to conquer, but they have attempted it with vigour and enthusiasm, and the outcome on this self-titled EP is not half bad.
There’s something very humble about a home-grown EP like this; produced by lead vocalist Spencer Miles in his London home on a modest budget of just £43, it goes to show you don’t need wads of cash to make something worthy of attention. Born in just 2010, it is easy to tell this is the sound of a new band; at times the vocals come across a little sloppy and the songs very much stick to a specific formula, but the final product is in no way tedious. There’s something captivating about listening to a new band as they try to discover their sound and Space Fight are obviously having fun whilst doing it. Their songs are energetic, excitable and geared up for gigging with rhythmic oohs and aahs that begs for crowd participation.
Miles’ voice is reminiscent of indie rockers from his side of the pond, Minus the Bear, circa 2007’s ‘Highly Refined Pirates’, whilst Billy Hawkes and Stephen Barlow create an arithmetic of high energy hooks and beats that transport us straight back to the pop-punk spirit of 1980s Police. Despite the fusion of genres, the EP doesn’t contain much diversity in sound; the first three songs could easily be mistaken for each other. However, the remixes are the highlight of the EP. With the ‘22’ remix created by US producer Andrew Maury and ‘Into the Blind’ remix created by Philadelphian producer and MC Lushlife, it enables the boys to generate a more varied sound. The original songs and the remixes have such a different sound that if you don’t like one version, you’re probably going to like the other.
For a band that has jumped over some rather high hurdles in the short space of time they have been together, they have managed to create an EP that is fluent and likable. It is an honourable first attempt with definite room for improvement. Having heard them timidly dipped their toes into a small assortment of genres; it is intriguing to think what their music could evolve into with a little more time to hone their sound and a little more musical fearlessness.
AMAZING RADIO says:
"Avant garde rhythms and classic guitar riffs, very very interesting indeed." - Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio UK
ATLANTA INDIE MUSIC EXAMINER says:
London-based trio, Space Fight, are releasing their self-titled debut on March 14th digitally, via Glasstone Records. The band came together through instant connection and the merging ideas of raw talent and detailed penmanship. Spencer and Billy make up the band, via both being in previous bands and looking for a new avenue and direction. Spencer, who hails from New Jersey in the US, formed an immediate friendship with Billy, from London; things have prevailed musically and lyrically for the both of them.
The self-titled EP is mixed by Greg Booker of Glasstone Records, and the contagious remix of their single, '22', is produced and created by Ra Ra Riot helm, Andrew Maury.
I personally favor the '22 (RAC Maury Mix)' mixed from their original tune '22'; catchy and pop-worthy! I hear strong influences of The Police, Joy Division, and The Beach Boys.
BBQ CHICKEN ROBOT says:
Space Fight also have a March release with their self-titled EP via Glasstone. Good energy on the tracks makes for a good debut album. Hope to hear more from these guys soon. Also they’ve got a RAC remix, not bad at all.
DRUNKEN WEREWOLF MAGAZINE says:
This is the self-titled EP from Space Fight, a band comprised of American; Spencer Miles and Brits; Billy Hawkes and Stephen Barlow. The group state their influences to be London, New Jersey, women and beer. They appear typical, down to earth and unpretentious, and I find myself liking them before I’ve even hear their music.
Space Fight correctly assert their music to be ‘alternatelectrojazzpunk’. In today’s climate, groups have to demonstrate their diversity in order to gain a loyal following and appeal to a wide audience. With that in mind, it’s good that this EP covers many bases and fits into so many genres. The release consists of six brand new tracks, the first of which is “22”, a catchy and upbeat melody with memorable lyrics; it’s a perfect introduction to the group.
Multiple guitar riffs, experimentation with rhythm and subtle vocal harmonies, give their sound texture and depth. By using only guitars and drums, they keep the overall sound relatively simple and easy to listen to, yet that addictive underlying complexity draws the listener in.
The EP is alternative enough to be unique, whilst maintaining a popular sound, ensuring that Space Fight still appeal to a mainstream audience. They have succeeded where many other modern groups fail, in creating diverse and interesting music, without falling into the all-too-common trap of putting the need to be different ahead of all else.
Overall the EP is lively, with energetic tracks and quirky subject matter. Having only formed last year, the group is obviously dedicated and very proactive in their approach. This is a very promising debut.
BY SARAH PAVIOUR.
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