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Space Fight - Space Fight

By Pascale Day

Space Fight

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.

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