Q is for Quickspace
I kind of cheated if I am honest. There I was in 1995 hanging around outside the New Band at the Reading Festival, I was trying to find out what time art rockers Delicatessen were on (they were headlining) when a bunch of people ambled onto the stage and around 2000 people suddenly turned up. I decided to stay and watch because frankly I didn’t want to go and see Shed Seven on the main stage or the Bluetones on the Melody Maker stage.
The band were rapturously received, despite their songs being chaotic, shambling even, guitars were out of tune, vocals were yelped rather than sung, people swapped instruments, songs started and then suddenly stopped midway through. None of that mattered. Then around forty minutes later they were gone. I grabbed a passing kid and said “What was that crazy sound?”. He looked me square in the face, pausing only to wipe sweat from his face and said
“Quickspace Suposport, mate” then he legged it. Twenty minutes later I met up with a few mates and told them that I had just seen a great band over at the New Band Tent, a band that I’d obviously heard of and had been meaning to check out for ages.
For those in the dark like I was back then, Quickspace Suposport formed in late 1994 from the ashes of the Th’ Faith Healers, a band I actually saw at the London ULU in 1991 supporting The Family Cat and Carter USM, but had forgotten about. They are pretty much the brainchild of one Tom Cullinan but featured numerous others on record and live.
In 1995 they dropped the ‘Suposport’ bit of their name and just became Quickspace and in 1996 they released the wonderful Rise EP