Space return to form ... and The Citadel!

Space are back with a new album
Space are back with a new album

They are best known for bringing a certain psychedelic rock flavour to the 1990s Britpop movement.

Now Space - whose monster hit The Female of the Species spawned a million lock-in sing-songs - are back and preparing to bring their latest live tour to the Citadel in St Helens.

The band, who hail from Huyton, are also about to release a hotly-anticipated new studio album, entitled Give Me Your Future.

Produced by Steve Levine, who has worked with The Clash, Culture Club, The Beach Boys and Gary Moore, the record is being hailed a sparkling return to form by the four-piece.

Space’s comeback has been helped no end by their riding on last year’s wave of 90s nostalgia.

Female of the Species was a stand-out track on the chart-topping TFI Friday album and a 30-date UK tour was sell-out.

Talking about the band’s latest album, Strange World, lead singer Tommy Scott said: “It is a return to the true origins of the band, the tour has been mental with the whole audiences joining us on stage for the final encore of Female, just amazing nights with the fans, very special for me, for me its all about playing new music to new and old fans and playing them the hits.”

The band’s last album release was Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab - their first new album for nine years.

Tommy’s influence for the new songs stemmed from his infamous fascination with science and horror films, and he likens the album to a Fifties B-Movie for the ears.

Proud to note how Space have always stood out from the ‘normal’, Tommy concedes that their last album has the usual signature Space quirkiness, with some extra ingredients added to the mix.

He describes the songs as a mish-mash of ska, punk and the classic Space sound.

Said Tommy: “When we tour, we love playing the old stuff, but I always knew I wanted to record some new material.

“We know the fans like to hear the old classics from our multi-million selling albums Spiders and Tin Planet, but we wanted to give them something extra.

“The title track on the album is my favorite song from the record and is the story of how a fifty-foot kebab from a side street takeaway shop wreaks its revenge on the ailing high street.

“It’s a message about survival in a tongue-in-cheek way. The first single from the album is a track called Fortune Teller - keeping up with the mystic vibe!”

Space play The Citadel on June 10. Tickets - priced £15 - are available at the Citadel box office. Call 01744 735 436.