GIG 261: Sunshot / Space – The Dublin Castle, 25th January 1996

The main reason for going to The Dublin Castle in Camden on this chilly Thursday evening was to see Sunshot, whom I’d seen five times before but Melissa had never seen. I’d also never been to the legendary Dublin Castle before so this visit was long overdue.

We got their early so sat around having a drink in the bar before hand and got chatting to a group of lads from Liverpool on the table next to us. It was only when everyone started heading to the back room of the pub to see the bands that we realised they were the support band for the evening, called Space.

They were actually really good and had some great tracks such as “Female of the Species” and “Neighbourhood”. They were an odd choice to support Sunshot as they had a very different style of music and sound – much more indie as opposed to Sunshot’s shoegazery goth vibe. Both Melissa and I were duly impressed and mentally noted to see them again sometime as they ceretainly deserved to be playing bigger venues than a support slot in a Camden pub… even one as legendary as The Dublin Castle.

Sunshot wre great as usual, although Space were actually the better band of the night which was something we hadn’t expected at the beginning of the evening. It was great seeing Sunshot again as I’d not seen them for six months since their Borderline gig in July (GIG 218). I’m not sure I saw them again after this which was a shame as they had a great raw energy live.

A few months later the lads from Liverpool on the next table scored the first of many Top 20 singles with the release of “Female of the Species”, with their debut album in September reaching #5 in the album charts.

Sunshot – Stop Me
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