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About Space Coke

How do get to know someone? You can stalk their socials but if you want to bypass small talk and get to know your favorite bands and artists beyond the surface level, this is the place to be. Sometimes the oddball questions allow you to learn the most interesting things about a person and see the varied, unique, and special qualities of a creative mind. Shall we?

About Space Coke

Please introduce the band in the most spontaneous way.

While draining the murky depths of a algae laden swamp near the remote coastline of southern Georgia to look for evidence in the case of three missing witches, a lawman saw something strange. It looked like an old guitar amplifier from the 70s. What stood out about this amp was that the power light was shining through the mud. As the Speakers finally emerged from the muck a sound like a drag race starting roared up from the darkness. The lawman fell back from the sound pressure and screamed for help as a long, dark haired figure with serpentile eyes rose from the depths. Three more shadowy figures appeared and a cacophonous battle of fuzz versus the fuzz bagan as the gloomy band brought out their weapons; Hammond organ, a large drum set, a Fender bass and a dual horned electric guitar. The group was drenched in heavenly stage lighting provided by a trio of disc shaped UFOs that had seemingly appeared out of nowhere. A voice from beyond split the sky booming, “Behold….SPACE COKE!!” and the show began…

What’s something an outsider wouldn’t know about your band?

Well we consider all of our fans to be outsiders so that’s hard to answer. For those interested in our process it goes like this: I (Reno Gooch) write the guitar parts alone then practice and record them with the drummer. Then Jay Matheson writes and records the bass parts. When thats done I write and record the vocals. This is a process that works for our availability, schedules etc.

What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

When we released L’appel du Vide and even years later sell copies to fans from all over the globe. It really thrills me to have our music appreciated in places so different and remote from where it comes from. Our music as a universal language of ritual and that proves it.

Lyrics that stuck with you?

“Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream”

They made us sing that in rounds in school as far back as I can remember. It’s of unknown origin and really says it all. I always just thought, “life is but a dream” over and over in my head. I think I took it a little bit heavier than most kids did.

What’s the phone app you use most?

Instagram as far as the band but I wish I didn’t have to use apps at all. They’re direct links to billionaire’s wallets.

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?

Doing something unexpected like meeting new people and having them introduce a new place or activity to check out. I also like reading books.

Are you more of a “play music to live” or a “live to play music” type of person?

I’m a noise and sound addict so I can’t live without playing music. I hate that it has to be tainted with financial and business junk. The older you get in the USA the worse that becomes.

How would your 10-year-old self-react to what you do now?

I’m pretty much the same person. 10 year old me would be fascinated with what I do now because that’s what I was fascinated with then. I wish I still had that youthful buzz about everything though.

What career advice would you give to young musicians in the rock and metal industry?

If you could do it all over again, would you pursue the same career in music?

I would say get someone with experience in the industry to guide the business side of things. So you can set yourself to make a living doing what you love but also to let you focus on the creative side. If I could do it all over I would take that same advice and apply it. I’d still do the same as it’s just who I am.

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