The Spase – Either Side of Right
Do You Still Love
When Nearly is All That You Can Do
The Black Horse
By My Side
She Wears Me Like a Hug
The Spase are an English Indie/alternative duo from Widnes, in Cheshire and consists of Andy Forrest (Vocals & Guitar) and Peter Walker (Bass). I was lucky enough to be asked to give their new album ‘Either Side of Right’ a listen.
Recorded at Gloucester Road Studios, Widnes and produced by Simon Morris. ‘Either Side of Right’ is the band’s second album and is the follow up to the popular debut album ‘On a Cloud’.
‘Do You Still Love’ opens the album. It’s ‘U2 like’ guitar approach is ideal for this opener as they ask us that all important question “Do you still love?” ‘Statues soon follows and this track ebbs back to a more 60’s influence. ‘Statues’ is a fun number that is very catchy and memorable. I especially like the line “is it home if you hate going back?” Next is ‘When Nearly is All That You Can Do’ A slower tempo here finds the song concerned with possible failure and offering support at the right time. It’s about struggle and dealing with that struggle.
‘My Hand’ is a beautiful song of hope. It’s a song of not giving in, there is something good out there if you look hard enough, you will find it. ‘The Black Horse’ reminds me somewhat of James and is a great Indie Pop track. ‘Rain’ I feel is possibly the weaker song here, it’s still a good track, but my least favourite. I’m not a fan of false endings so when that hits….. ‘By My Side’ on the other hand, jumps back to a more folk rock theme and tells a beautiful story of love and having that love develop into something wonderful. ‘Deja Vu’ is a lot rockier and is one of the best tracks on the album. It still has that ‘oldies’ feel to it, and I love the guitar solo here.
‘Fade Away’ has a fun feel to it and again a 60’s head shaking vibe, another great and catchy song. Last track ‘She Wears Me Like a Hug’ is the most wonderful 4 minutes of escapism that I have heard in a long time. I love it! It is delicate and beautiful and the best track on the album. It is ‘snuggle up under the duvet’ cosy.
‘Either Side of Right finds The Spase delivering on their promises. This is an album to showcase great song-writing, brilliant vocal arrangements and a band that are growing in confidence. Their ability to make an album where every track should be a single is quite rare these days.
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