Fans of 90s band Space received an early Christmas present last night in the form of a reunion gig at the O2 Academy, Liverpool. Fans had travelled from all over the country to see founder members Tommy Scott, Jamie Murphy and Franny Griffiths take to the stage with new members Ryan Clarke, Phil Hartley and Allan Jones.
Starting with a crowd pleaser was a must and this was done convincingly with fans’ favourite Mr Psycho, a track from 1996 debut album Spiders. Other early tracks such as Money, Begin Again, A Little Biddy Help From Elvis and a reworking of Dark Clouds were well received by the sell-out crowd.
- Tommy Scott onstage at the O2 Academy, Liverpool
The introduction of new tracks renewed fans’ hopes that this show would not be a one-off. The bizarrely-named title track from the band’s forthcoming album Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab went down well as did other new songs such as Cash Converters and Anthony’s Brainwaves. The forthcoming album certainly sounds promising.
As good as the new songs sounded, it was the classics that many came to hear and Space did not disappoint. Neighbourhood, Me and You Versus the World and Female of the Species sounded just as good as they did back in 1996 – Female resulting in Tommy Scott having difficulties getting back on the stage after wandering into the crowd!
Judging by the reaction of the crowd last night and the band’s obvious enjoyment of the occasion, it’s safe to say that last night won’t be the last we see of Space!