First In Space / Press

“Johnny Stanec and the boys from Youngstown are back with their fourth full-length, and it just might be their best, trading in the Replacements-style rock of the last album for a purer pop sound. Although you wouldn't tell from the driving opener "Letters from Hell", it becomes evident on tracks like the bouncy "Forward Progress" and the midtempo, Gin Blossoms-like "The Other Side", and "Now or Never" is straight-up power pop reminiscent of Cliff Hillis or Michael Carpenter.”

“Ohio based First In Space has streamlined their sound from those early days where they were akin to The Gin Blossoms mixed with a touch of Bon Jovi. The production is more intimate, less “arena-oriented” and more focused on a solid melody. “Letters From Hell” is an excellent opener, featuring the crisp harmonies of Johnny Stanec and Dolus McCormick. “Return To Sender” is just as strong, with a wicked guitar solo at the break. “Forward Progress” is proof of this band’s new maturity when they sing the lyric “Every bridge I ever burned became a lesson to be learned…” The positive vibe flows from the band, and it makes for excellent listening. Additional highlights include “A Captive’s Point Of View,” and “Now Or Never.” Even the grand finale “The Prescription” doesn’t feel labored or forced, so pick this one up. Highly Recommended. 8/10.”

“Good songs should not always be seen by themselves but as a building block for a bigger picture – the album. Maybe it’s a lost art, but this single heavy world has forgotten how to appreciate a work’s entirety...It has great direction, depth and appeal.”

“They're back with the followup to their now-sold-out "Greatest Hits: Vol. III"! Their fourth release, it's already been dubbed "Their biggest sounding record to date, it is full of big, catchy rock and roll, honest lyrics and huge harmonies." And who are we to argue. Johnny Stanec and Dolus McCormick continue to deliver roots-inspired songs of the highest order, all played with an energetic urgency! This just might be their most completely satisfying album thus far. It demonstrates a wide range of styles and moods not found on their other three albums. never loses steam even through the slowest of songs. The album is held together, alternately and sometimes simultaneously, by Stanec and McCormick's wry, cynical lyrics and the band's outstanding musicianship. What this album does much more than any other First IN Space release is to convey emotion.”

“WOW!! After two very cool solo outings, Johnny Stanec has re-convened his critically-acclaimed trio with their best effort yet!The record comes out of the block smokin' with "Downtown War" and "Kicking Through The Door" - two hook-filled gems that are propelled by some crunchy guitars and band gusto that permeate the entire record! This is a side of First IN Space that we haven't seen before - and it's quite nice we might add! If you love power with your pop then this one's for you! Can't say enough about this one! GREAT!!!”

“The first three song titles ("Downtown War", "Kicking Through the Door", and "Drinking With Enemies") are indicative of their new-found tougher sound, more in line with The Replacements.”

“Chock-full of harmonies, hooks and big guitars... First In Space is a band that should be in your orbit.”


“Pues es la bomba este disco, guitarras descomunales, energía a raudales, melodías con gancho y voces empastadas a la perfección, a veces parecen una mezcla de Gin Blossoms con Green Day de los mejores tiempos. Me encanta, ha sido un retorno brutal. Este es otro grupo GRANDE, la grandeza la mayoría de las veces está en la pequeñez de las cosas, no hace falta ser conocido y admitido por 100.000 personas, sino que basta con que a tí te llegue al fondo todo lo que hacen.”

“Porque sólo hay que escuchar a esta banda originaria de Youngstown para descubrir que la banda de Minneapolis guía sus pasos. Hecho este que supone un lujo para todos los que tenemos el gusto de escuchar a este trío llamado “First In Space”. Y es que debemos afrontar una verdad inamovible: No hay nada nuevo bajo el Sol, y bajo el del Rock mucho menos; así que, puestos a dejarte influenciar por alguien, que sea uno bueno....¿Esto quiere decir que la banda no posee personalidad propia?, ni mucho menos. Escuchas “It´s All Gone To Hell”o “They Won´t Match Me Now” y aprecias la intensidad con que Johnny Stanec, voz y bajo. Dolus McCormick, Voz Y guitarra y Beau Cueva, batería, se lanzan a interpretar ese característico sonido que se mueve entre el Rock, el Powerpop y unos toques de Punk, caso de “Taking Over”...”

"Have you ever listened to a CD for the first time, and within the first few seconds of song #1, you get the feeling that this is going to be a great CD all the way through? Well, you can put this one it that category! It picks up right where their debut left off and is simply a home run. It's full of guitar hooks wedded to emotionally evocative lyrics. The band manages to be at once crisp and powerful, occasionally finding grooves to settle into, but never straying far from the dramatic needs of each song. 10 tracks of all killer, no filler.

Kool Kat Musik

“I don’t know why, but somehow there always seems to be some sort of bullshit surrounding First In Space. Maybe I missed something, but I don’t quite see how a band that sounds like the Replacements/Libertine/Tom Petty should be that controversial. Then again it is Youngstown so I regress. “Geronimo” is an outstanding showcase of this Springsteenesque trio. It’s soulful, the lyrics are introspective and the vocals are arguably the best in the area. It’s clean, it’s catchy, it’s chalked full of guitar hooks – it’s as if they’ve taken The Replacements one step further which is no small feat. “They Won’t Catch Me Now,” “Taking Over” and “Stuck Around You” are instant classics. I don’t know what you might of heard about this band. But I’m telling you, this trio is damn good. - 8/10”

Buzzbin Magazine

“Youngstown, Ohio's First IN Space have delivered a very promising (2007) debut that's chock full of jangle and first-rate songwriting! "The track 'Jenny' opens the album with strong guitar chords and drumming, but it gets even better as the album plays on. I took notice of the melodic 'Taken For Granted' which remind me of both Tom Petty and Joe Jackson. The awesome 'What You Need' has a Posies flavor to it that was just catchy and irresistible. The band brings classic rock harmonies to these tracks that help make them true pop gems. The power pop comes through in the richly detailed 'Lock It Away' and those great builds to a chorus in 'Wasted Time'. Other songs have varied influences, 'In The Water' and 'Last One' have a slight REM vibe, but the group has a sound that merely touches these influences without sacrificing any originality."”

Rock & Roll Report