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“This Oakland sextet met in the early 2000s while in high school. The members of Man in Space are involved in many musical endeavors - among the six members "at least 25 other bands and projects in the past 10 years," says Raphael Peterson. On top of that, all of the members are studying music in college or in a master's program. The band's pop-rock sound is the result of the members' diverse musical interests, an unusual amalgam of Talking Heads, Radiohead and Pink Floyd. The music emphasizes instrumentation and utilizes samples in delightful ways: "Exposition" uses spoons clicking and other synth sounds. The band showcases dance beats and tight harmonies, predominately topped with Jonny Flannes and Peterson's shared vocal duties, singing ironic and light lyrics. ”
“Like many current pop bands, they've found artful ways to mix live instrumentation with processed sounds. Their song, 'Exposition,' sounds a bit like a spoon clinking a glass, a tooting synthesizer, a kick drum, a bass blurred out by feedback, something that burbles and farts. 'I can show you the way!' sings Jonny, in nyah-nyah playground cadence. 'Rusty is my bag o' bones,' the chorus responds. And so it proceeds, for three minutes and two intoxicating seconds.”
“Half the band members come from Piedmont band, Dizzy Balloon. Man in Space however plays a more diverse and varied repertoire of rock which reflects the band members' growing musical maturity.”
“With their entirely self-produced, self-managed debut, Man in Space has succeeded in creating a sound with the free-form bizarreness of an indie band and the accessibility of a major-label pop band. Few bands since the Flaming Lips have come this close to creating the perfect balance between accessibility and impenetrability.”
“The concert was fantastic... Every time I've seen them, the energy in the house has been nearly palpable, and I love it.”