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First In Space / Bio

First In Space was formed in 2006 by Johnny Stanec and Dolus McCormick. The two had been playing music together and writing songs since their freshman year of high school. They had several short-lived bands throughout those years and in 2006 they decided to start a serious band with the intent of releasing records and performing. They initially were a 4 piece with their original drummer Joe Greenfield and second guitarist Scott Harriot. Scott would only be a member for a short time and left the group within 6 months of being in the band. After Scott's departure they decided to find a bass player so Dolus and Johnny could focus on guitar and vocals. They found Will Kessling, a long time bass player who had recently relocated to the area. With this 4 piece in tact the band rehearsed and started playing in Youngstown, Akron, Kent, Cleveland and Pittsburgh fine tuning the songs that would become their first album. In October of 2006 they started working on 'This Is Not Here' at Ampreon Studios with engineer Pete Drivere. Throughout the fall and winter of 2006/2007 they recorded 12 songs and self-released the record in April 2007. After that they focused on regional touring to support it's release.
By June of 2007 drummer Joe and bassist Will both left the band for various reasons and Johnny and Dolus moved ahead as a two-piece acoustic act under the First In Space name. Over the Summer and Fall they finished out already booked dates as a two-piece to which they credit becoming a better live act. The stripped down acoustic performances forced them to be better players and singers.
As 2007 wound down they hooked up with drummer Shawn McCarthy, a local drummer who had played in numerous bands and recorded on many local bands' records. Shawn proved to be a good fit, both stylistically and personally and for a short while they performed as a 3 piece with Johnny on bass and Dolus on guitar. Not long after Shawn's arrival bassist Noel Hartman joined and Johnny again moved to second guitar. Once again a 4 piece, the band performed regionally and also headed out to some shows in eastern PA.
However, both Shawn and Noel's tenure would be short-lived. Shawn relocated to West Virginia with his family and Noel decided to move on to other projects. Once again First In Space was a two-piece acoustic act playing out already booked shows. The band came to a crossroads and their future was uncertain.
By the late spring of 2008 the band was in a limbo, but would soon return to a live band thanks to long-time friend and drummer Beau Basement from Harrisburg, PA joining the group. Beau had been in numerous bands over the years, most notably The Strikeouts and Lebowskis, so his addition worked well. The three had always talked about becoming a band, but had yet to realize that until the summer of 2008. Once again a three-piece, and finally a solid lineup of members equally into moving forward, First In Space entered a 3 year surge of recording and touring.
After the summer of 2008 the band decided to return to the studio after a long Fall of shows. The band had trimmed it's fat and the result was a leaner, faster-paced sound. With a cache of new songs they once again entered Ampreon Studios and began work on their second full length album titled 'Geronimo'.
The winter of 2008/2009 was spent recording the majority of Geronimo. Time restraints and scheduling forced the album to be finished in the spring/summer, and in September 2009 the band released 'Geronimo' to strong reviews. Also during this time the band had done some touring with shows from Chicago to New York. After the release of 'Geronimo' the band continued to perform to support their new album.
By the summer of 2010 the band decided to once again become a 4 piece band with the addition of Mikey Morgan on bass. Mikey was as long-time friend and had recently relocated back to the Youngstown area after several years in Orlando playing in various bands such as The High Life. With Mikey in tow the band took their live show to Canada and performed several shows in Ontario with a Halloween show in Toronto culminating another successful round of touring. However, by the end of 2010 the band started to feel the toll of being an independent band. On November 24, 2010 First In Space performed at The Royal Oaks in Youngstown, OH which would be their last show for 2 1/2 years.
After what seemed like the end of the band, Johnny decided to release a solo record. In January of 2011 he began recording songs for 'Narrow Is This Ghost Town' at Mind Rocket Recording with engineer Josh Roman. Johnny had been clued in on Josh by mutual friend and Turbo Lovers' frontman, BJ Lisko. After a few months of recording Johnny released his first solo record and performed acoustic to support it. Over the next two years Johnny would record and release his second solo record, 'The Past Echoes' in October 2012 as well as play bass temporarily in Turbo Lovers and various instruments on former First In Space drummer Beau Basement's two solo releases, 2011's 'Cemetery of The No Name' and 2012's EP 'The First File'. The latter which saw the rejoining of ex-First In Space members Dolus and Mikey and became a reunion of sorts, at least on record.
By the end of 2012 talks began to reform First In Space with the long-time 3 piece of Johnny on bass/vocals, Dolus on guitar/vocals and Beau on drums. The new songs reenergized the group and they decided to make the reunion official and start working on more new material for a third record.
In July of 2013 the band released their third album, Greatest Hits: Vol. III. The album received positive reviews from a number of media outlets and landed on some blogs and websites "best of 2013" lists.
Their fourth album, 'In The Red', was released in September of 2014. It was well received and landed on numerous best of lists for the year. It became their best-selling record. Work on album five is underway with plans to release it in late 2015 or early 2016.

General Info

Band Members
Johnny - Vocals, Bass / Dolus - Vocals, Guitar / Beau - Drums
Artist Name
First In Space
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Rock / Alternative

Contact Info

Youngstown, OH

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