Amy: The original name for the band was just “Space Between.” It came to me as I was flying back from LA after recording the Where the Mountain Should Be EP. That was my first time recording as the singer of my own songs. I was thinking about what to name that EP and had come up with the title The Space Between New And Old, as that’s where I felt like my music lived. And then I thought, “Why don’t I call the EP The Space Between? No. Why don’t I call the band The Space Between? It was a revelatory moment.
I also thought it sounded like a band that should already exist, and I liked that. I still don’t know how there wasn’t a band that popped up in like 1974 called The Space Between. It totally should have happened!
Eventually we dropped the “the” and started gigging as “Space Between.” Then after our keyboard player/my songwriting partner moved to LA, I thought, “I’m singing and writing all the songs now, and my name is highly Googleable – I think it should go in front of the band name.” So I proposed this idea to Eric and Jeff. They were supportive, and now here we are. And it feels right. My hero is Tom Petty, and most of his career was spent as “Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.”
As for influences, I’m a classic rock junkie. Some notable ones from that arena are the aforementioned Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Pretenders, and basically the entire British Invasion. I started listening to classic rock when I was 13 and I haven’t stopped. My cousin, who served as an inspiration for me to start playing guitar, gave me a bunch of burned CDs when I was 13. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, all kinds of goodies. And from there I just kept digging and listening.
Eric: The first tape I ever bought was Motown Philly. We had that, C&C Music Factory, Bad, and I think the Ghostbusters soundtrack. Maybe Jesus Jones, too. I got a good amount of exposure to classic rock just by riding in the car with my dad. My mom’s tastes were a little more contemporary, so I remember listening to, like, the B52s or PM Dawn or Patti Smith, the Indigo Girls, or Talking Heads. And my brother was old enough to be basically the key demo for the whole grunge thing, so I got exposure to all that stuff, and that was the gateway to punk and metal and stuff. I remember we used to cover “Bombtrack” by RATM and “Anti-Manifesto” by Propaghandi in the basement.
Through high school, punk, hardcore, ska, and reggae were basically the only kinds of music I listened to. In college, my tastes expanded in a few different directions: indie, prog, electronic music, hip-hop, noise and experimental. I’ve always had a thing for music that’s strange and self-aware about its strangeness: Panda Bear, Boredoms, or Osees. Beck is also a huge influence. Beck’s Odelay was an album I laughed my ass off at like, “Wtf is this?”, drummed along to obsessively, gave away because I was “done with it,” then bought it again and went all the way back to just laughing my ass off at how audacious and strange and weirdly catchy the whole thing is. But then he’s got this other side, his, like, secret Elliott Smith side, where he can just shoot an arrow straight through your heart. It’s an incredible skill.
Now, I really just listen to everything. I like Jess Williamson’s newest record. I’ve had “Claws” by Charli XCX stuck in my head all day. Ohmme’s new record is really good. The Yves Tumor record that came out earlier this year is excellent. ACxDC and Backxwash are both super exciting.