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.
“…danceable post-punk urgency. The band’s knack for melody is accentuated by lush soundscapes.”- Consequence of Sound
“…sounds like a cross between Husker Du’s jangly side and early, shoegazy Britpop…”- Brooklynvegan
“Lion On A Leash is a guitar riff-led rock album in which the pop is fighting to get out… a hurricane caught between 70’s Glam Rock and 80’s Indie. The biggest compliment that I can give the album is that there’s nothing around like it at the moment.”- I Don’t Hear A Single
“…almost has a Mission of Burma goes New Wave and straight up rock vibe.”- If It’s Too Loud
“…hypnotic…the atmosphere is cool, the melodies are catchy, and the vocals sound great.”- That’s Good Enough For Me