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Slick, catchy, and slightly left of center Alternative rock— with a pop music sheen.
Black Holes and Butterflies is the 2nd album by the pop-rock trio—Matt Mocharnuk (Vocals/Lyrics), Chuck Cox (bass) and Greg Torsone (everything else). The band blends digital guitar effects, full orchestration, timeless piano, acoustic solos, rich vocal harmonies, vivid mental images, and intricate mixing techniques to create songs that have mass appeal. They were Reverb Nation’s Featured Artist, are the Winners; Best Pop Act for the Online Music Awards and have recently signed a deal with the Aperture Music Group for film and television licensing.
The Chapel Hill-based, alternative pop Spaceship Days was born in 2009, however the band has had a long history; beginning in college with a band called ‘grey.’ Chuck Cox, the bassist and unofficial spokesperson for the band, comments:
“The original intent for Black Holes and Butterflies was to do things differently than we had in the past. We approached the entire project as though we were writing a Greatest Hits Album. We spent a lot of time thinking about what we would want our greatest hits to sound like mood-wise, tonally, and of course artistically. We approached every single song as though it were our last opportunity to craft a pop masterpiece, and tried to make each one of those songs exactly that.”
Black Holes and Butterflies is “sugary goodness” and Spaceship Days creates auditory confection without ever seeming overly emotional or melancholy. The tracks on Black Holes and Butterflies give the listener a sense of possibility; reaffirming the idea that life is full of wonder.
“Stick on Stars”—the first song the band recorded as Spaceship Days—was as Cox says, “a fairly generic guitar based pop tune, but as we were listening to the demo we decided to flip the song over onto its head.” The result is a tightly orchestrated, catchy, up-tempo guitar-driven song that ignites enthusiasm and hope.
While Mocharnuk writes a hundred percent of the lyrics the songwriting is a collaborative effort. “We wrote “Shadow Walking” at my house while waiting for Greg to arrive,” explains Cox. “We'd been working on another song that wasn't quite coming together and “Shadow Walking” was sort of a happy accident, and “Hanging From the Satellites” is about our first-ever live performance.”
The songs range from those that inspire and enrich to the heart-melting piano-infused love songs, such as the inescapably romantic, “My Life With You,” with it’s lyrics; “I don’t want to close my eyes, I don’t want to give you up, I don’t want to miss a moment of your love.”
About the meaning behind the band’s name Cox explains, “We all love Catherine Wheel, and our name was taken from a lyric in one of Wheel’s songs.” The band shares mutual musical influences such as Radiohead and Mew, however Mocharnuk is quick to point out his favorite. “I love Duran Duran. I do not hide my love for Duran Duran. Anyone who knows me can tell you this. Many ex-girlfriends have looked at me with curious and suspicious eyes. Many of my college buddies lobbed grenades of disapproval at me as they "claimed" to listen to more serious, masculine, and timeless music… you know like Hootie & the Blowfish. To them I say, "pfff!"
The trio started out in the mid-to-late 90’s, playing in the local, popular band, ‘grey,’ celebrating regional success—becoming a staple of North Carolina college radio, playing shows in Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest Music Festival, and performing with the biggest national acts of the era; including The Goo Goo Dolls, Fastball and Sugar Ray.
After college the boys shifted gears, going their separate ways while continuing to pursue music endeavors independently. Then in 2009 a chance reunion resulted in further collaboration and the incarnation of Spaceship Days. As Cox tells it: “It was the summer of 2009. This time, the setting was a living room instead of a North Carolina State University dorm; the instruments were acoustic and the adult beverages were flowing freely. What began as a ‘Movie Night’ ended in a wild, frenzy of song writing.” The ensuing jam session proved that the boys were destined to make music together rather than separately—thus Spaceship Days was born.
When it comes to creating songs that have mass appeal, contain intelligent and thoughtful lyrics, and whose players consistently deliver professional musicianship in a radio-friendly style look no further than Spaceship Days’ Black Holes and Butterflies.
“Spaceship Days has a gift for hitting all the right spots when it comes to making songs that have mass appeal.” – Bryan Rogers, Review You Magazine
“Deeply emotional, beautifully melancholy and touchingly orchestrated, Spaceship Days’ Black Holes and Butterflies is inescapably romantic; each piece haunting, intelligent and brilliant. The album’s a balance of hope and acquiescence, joy and anguish, and so many swirling emotions.” – Sarah Whited, Review You Online Magazine.
Genre: slick, catchy, slightly left of center Alternative rock—with a pop music sheen.
~ Current Airplay ~
Los Angeles Indie 103.1 ~ In Rotation
North Dakota’s KHND 1470.com ~ Morning Drive Time
San Diego's ROCK 105.3 KIOZ FM ~ In Rotation
To request a review copy, an interview with Spaceship Days or additional information on the individual band members, contact:
Taylor Van Arsdale ~ Tailfish PR www.tailfish.com
Email / Phone: Tailfish@Tailfish.com / (310) 721-0877