Howard Marks is appearing tonight at the Camden Falcon as
are Manchester's Space Monkeys. The band, formed in Middleton
in 1996, is signed to Factory Too, Tony Wilson's sequel to
his fabulous record label. Richard McNevin-Duff the band's
lead singer and guitarist is sitting across the table happy
to explain how the Americans seem to be reacting more if not
better to the band than us Brits.
"It's all going upward, vertical. We've got to travel
to America soon because we've just signed to Interscope records.
It's one of the two biggest labels over there. They've got
acts like Ice T, Bush and No Doubt, just loads of fucking
huge stadium acts. The manager of No Doubt saw us play over
here and he picked up on us and loved us. He was blinded by
the fact that we were in a band with a DJ and just thought
it would go stella in the States. We hope to release the album
in October and around Christmas in America."
As I understand it, it was very similar to your signing to
Factory Too, wasn't it?
"Well our first gig, which was at the Hacienda, was
what we got signed off
really. Tony came down and missed us, but everyone in the
club was fucking raving about us, you know saying "Oh
you should have seen the Space Monkeys they fucking blew the
joint up." Next thing we know he's come to see us at
a party we were throwing the week after. We formed through
club culture and we were like just mates going out. We weren't
on the normal club circuit you do in Manchester we were more
into clubs than bands at the time. We
were putting on these parties, just Djing and Tony came down
to one of them and said, "Where's the dressing room?"
So we pointed to the car park and said, "It's out there."
He was like "Oh cool." So we were all standing in
the car park while all these fucking fourteen year old kids
were getting off with each other, smashing bottles and stuff
and he said "How do you fancy signing to factory?"
We were like "Why not, no one else has offered us a deal."