SPACE CADET happened by accident. Friends of almost 25 years, Dave Walsh and Matt Hock had each been writing and recording eerily similar songs, completely oblivious to each other’s work. What’s all the more surprising is that it wasn’t the punk of The Explosion (Virgin, Jade Tree), the band they formed together with friends in 1998. Instead, the music was indicative of other sounds they’re into – post-punk, new wave, Brit Rock – not to mention their shared obsession with guitar pedals. From their respective homes of Clinton, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, Dave and Matt have created lush soundscapes (“Forever for a While,” “Safe and Sound”), dark synth dirges (“No Accident,” “Lose Control”) and anxious anthems (“Scream for You”).
What started as an accident is now on purpose. With enough material written for a full-length LP, Space Cadet recorded their debut album at Little Eden in Asbury Park in July 2020 with Pete Steinkopt (Bouncing Souls). The album “Lion On A Leash” will be released March 26th via Wiretap Records.
“This video harnesses the power of dance and features a blistering solo by the one and only Brian Baker,” Space Cadet’s Matt Hock said. “What more do you need?” – Matt Hock, Space Cadet
“The single is one of those rare instances when a song sounds exactly likes its title. Space Cadet hold down a driving pace and danceable post-punk urgency. The band’s knack for melody is accentuated by lush soundscapes while Baker’s soloing brings it home. To top it off, the dreamy video provides a fine visual complement.”- Consequence of Sound