Quickspace

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Quickspace
Also known asQuickspace Supersport
OriginLondon, England
GenresExperimental rock
Noise pop
Space rock
Krautrock
Years active1994–2005
LabelsKitty Kitty, Matador, Love Train, Elefant Records, Slash, Hidden Agenda, Domino, Homesleep
MembersTom Cullinan
Sean Newsham (bass) (1994–)
Ed Grimshaw (2004–)
Louis Jack-Jones (2004–)
Roxanne Stephen (2004–)
Past membersWendy Harper (also known as Tiana Harper) (vocals/guitar) (1994–1996)
Max Corradi (drums) (1994–1996)
Barry Stillwell (keyboards) (1994–1996)
Chin (1996–1998)
Steve Denton (1998–2003)
Nina Pascale (1996–2003)
Paul Shilton (1996–2003)
Robin C. (one-off gig 2003)

Quickspace (originally Quickspace Supersport) was a London-based experimental rock band that was active between 1994 and 2005.

History[edit]

Shortly after the breakup of indie group Th' Faith Healers, guitarist/vocalist Tom Cullinan formed Quickspace Supersport with Sean Newsham (bass), Wendy Harper (vocals/guitar), Max Corradi (drums), and Barry Stillwell (keyboards) in London at the end of 1994.[1]

In March 1995, the group released their debut single, "Quickspace Happy Song #1", on their own Kitty Kitty Corporation label. They found friends in bands such as Sebadoh and Stereolab, both of whom they toured the U.K. with later that year.[2] A second single "Friend" was released on the "Love Train" label, though it was on the "Superplus" EP released on Domino in October 1995 where the group's sound really began to jell.[3] A session was also recorded for the John Peel Show on BBC Radio 1.[4]

The band then went into a brief hiatus when three of the original members left after disagreements over labels and money.[5] The "Supersport" part of the name was dropped and Tom reformed the band, with Nina Pascale (vocals/guitar), Paul Shilton (keyboards), and Chin (drums).[1]

A re-recorded version of "Friend" was the first single with the new line-up, released in early 1996 on their own Kitty Kitty label. Their first full-length album was released in autumn 1996, simply titled Quickspace, and featuring a mixture of old and new recordings.[6] A US version released in 1997 added the two most recent singles.[7]

In spring 1997, a collection of their early singles and rare tracks was released on the low-priced compilation SupoSpot.[8] It was followed later that year by The "Precious Mountain" EP. In the Summer of 1998 the band released the "Hadid" and "Quickspace Happy Song #2" singles and combined them both on the "Precious Little EP" CD.[9] The band also re-recorded a version of "Friend" in Spanish for release as a single on Elefant Records.[10] Chin left the band during this year and was replaced by Steve Denton.[1]

Precious Falling, the second album proper, was released on CD and double vinyl in August 1998.[11]

In 2000, the band released The Death Of Quickspace to critical approval,[12][13][14] followed by the "Flat Moon Society" single later that year. Tom Cullinan later released a complete cover of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours LP under the pseudonym Dougal Reed,[15] but no new Quickspace songs materialised for over three years.

In 2003, a new single was released on the Italian Homesleep label, but it would take two more years until a completely renewed Quickspace featuring Cullinan, Ed Grimshaw (drums), Louis Jack-Jones (bass) and ex-Th' Faith Healer Roxanne Stephen (vocals) released their next single "Pissed Off Boy" on the Domino label in 2005.[16]

After this Cullinan reformed Th' Faith Healers for some concerts in early 2006[17] but there has been no further activity under the Quickspace name.

Discography[edit]

Main albums
Compilations
Singles & EP's
  • Quickspace Happy Song #1 (1995)
  • Found A Way (1995)
  • Superplus (1995)
  • Friend (1995)
  • Rise (1996)
  • Amigo (1997)
  • Precious Mountain (1997)
  • Hadid (1998)
  • Quickspace Happy Song #2 (1998)
  • Precious Little EP (1998)
  • The Lobbalong Song (1999)
  • The Flat Moon Society (2000)
  • In A Field Of Nymphs (2003)
  • Pissed Off Boy (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Phares, Heather. "Quickspace Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Quickspace Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Superplus review". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Quickspace Supersport - Archive session (1995)". BBC Radio Six Music. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  5. ^ Leech, Jeanette (6 June 2017). Fearless – the making of post rock. Jawbone Press. p. 283. ISBN 978-1-911036-15-9.
  6. ^ "Quickspace goes into orbit". Pause & Play.
  7. ^ "Quickspace Album Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  8. ^ "QUICKSPACE Supo Spot". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Quickspace Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Quickspace Artist Page". Elefant Records. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Precious Falling Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  12. ^ "The Death of Quickspace - Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  13. ^ "The Death of Quickspace". NME. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  14. ^ "RollingStone.com: Recordings: Quickspace, The Death Of Quickspace, 3 Stars". Rolling Stone. 24 December 2001. Archived from the original on 24 December 2001.
  15. ^ "Dougal Reed : Rumours". NME. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  16. ^ "Quickspace Artist Page". Domino Records. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  17. ^ "Th' Faith Healers". All Tomorrow's Parties. Retrieved 4 June 2020.

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