Living Space

Living Space

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Living Space is a four piece (2 guitars, bass and drums). This East Bay local band write and plays an Indie Pop/Rock mix of orignal songs. The lead vocals are shared and infused with tales of love and longing.

Biography

Living Space is an Indie Pop-Rock band who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. This four-piece band writes, performs, and records an earnest brand of music. Their genre-bending style draws from 80’s and 90’s British Rock, with traces of earlier American folk and soul music of the 60’s and 70’s. “We sound like a curious mix of The Beatles, Morrissey, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder,” says vocalist/guitarist Ronnie Cato. Other influences include Radiohead, Weezer, Gillian Welch, Beck, U2, Neil Finn, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, as well as local musicians Bart Davenport, Beulah, and Green Day.

A few college friends, who spent the next two years writing eclectic songs and learning to play their instruments, first formed the original line-up in 1995. After a couple of years of booking and playing local shows to enthusiastic crowds, Living Space released their first full length CD, "Next 11 Exits," earning a favorable review in the music publication BAM Magazine.

“With tinges of bands such as Toad the Wet Sprocket, Alphaville, the Boomtown Rats and the Uptones in their collective consciousness, these four gents should have no problem finding teens to swoon over their sensitive souls.” - BAM Magazine

The band joined ASCAP and began a publishing company, Dark Matters Productions. “Next 11 Exits” showed an optimistic young band experimenting with different pop genres using horns and strings to add different colors to their palette. They continued to play both plugged and unplugged shows to eager crowds. Some weekday nights the band could bring out 20- 25 people. Other shows saw the band playing to a crowds of 200+ people, which was the case at their first CD release party at the now closed Cocodrie, SF. They continued to play throughout the Bay Area honing their songs and stage show.

Living Space returned later in 2002 with their self-recorded second album, "Fade into Existence". The album release coincided with the loss of their original bassist. While still experimenting with different styles, this moodier recording captures the struggles of a newly 3 piece band dealing with growing pains and contemplation of life. The album was well received and reviewed.

“Truly unique with vocals that are melodic with background intensity that laces the varied styles together.” - Music Morsels

When Kevin Costa took a slight departure from the band, Living Space entered a period of transition. Without a bassist, Living Space went a couple of years writing and practicing but mostly playing acoustic shows.

This coming October 18, 2005, Living Space plans to release their latest album, “Secret Lives, Strange Goodbyes,” recorded over four months at Big Hut Studios in Berkeley. With the return of their original bassist Kevin Costa and the tasteful drumming of James Udell, the band’s new recording features a revitalized collection of new songs. Still intact are the rich vocal harmonies and strong songwriting that has built Living Space’s sound. The band has been working some of their new songs live which has been well received by new and old fans alike. With their current lineup, Living Space is determined to work to reach a larger audience with their earnest songs.

Lyrics

Pill Box

Written By: Coop R. Fransis

Pill Box

Hey baby, driving up the coastline
Top down thinking everything is just fine
Looks around for a stretch of some kind
Hoping for a gold mine, blue and purple sunshine

Slows down around curves almost every time
All the branches hanging low seem to intertwine
Getting closer so I think it’s just about time
Gonna hit a goldmine, blue and purple sunshine

Small, small little pill makes you feel bad
Small, small little pill makes you feel sad
Small, small little pill makes you feel glad
Wish it were the only pill you ever had

Hey baby weaving through the hillside
Hair blowing takes a drag just to unwind
Finally gets around to asking me, “What’s the time?”
Or was it, “what’s your sign…” Forget it never mind

Not sure but I think it’s half past midnight
Pulling over to the shoulder nothing in sight
Let’s just crash for a while, “You think that’s alright?”
We’ll watch the waves fight, the reflection of the sunlight

Small, small little pill makes you feel bad
Small, small little pill makes you feel sad
Small, small little pill makes you feel glad
Wish it were the only pill you ever had

Wingspread

Written By: Ronnie Cato

Wingspread

How can we fall this way again?
When will all this come to end?
Flying boys are in the skies
One more time as they decide
What if they’re wrong will we be all right?

How much will it all cost in the end?
How many lives will we have spent?
As con-men try to justify
searching for who’s on the other side
What if they’re wrong will we be all right?

Lover

Written By: Ronnie Cato

Lover

There was no way of knowing if one day you’d be mine
But there were certain reasons for our misunderstanding
I spent all our time lying

Lover you’re the last one that I want to fight
Though it seems that I’m lost to you tonight
And you’re gone faster than I can come
Faster and faster from the ones you feel are all up on you

Lover, I should’ve know that you would leave
Lover, now that you’re gone I’ll never see

There is no way of telling you during this time
Instead now you will linger here on my mind
Oh lover you’re the last one I wanted to fight
But it seems I’m lost to you tonight.

Lover, I should’ve know that you would leave
Lover, now that you’re gone I’ll never see

From the ones you feel are all up on you

Dreamy Sleepers

Written By: Ronnie Cato

Dreamy Sleepers

Wake up every morning
Think of ways to pay, pay off all my debts
Wash the sleep away,
And I still see the thoughts that linger from last night

Spending my days counting the people who kept me up
I know they sacrificed for me and helped with my dreams
When they could’ve been doing all sorts of thing I’m sure
I’m sure they dream of (dream, dream, dream)

Wonder when I’ll be able to show you how grateful I am
I don’t know when, I can only say I will, I will

But sometimes 9 to 5 bring the dreamy sleepers nowhere but down
So low that nothing can touch us
Nothing can make it easier, nothing soothes

Long live the dreamy sleepers
Goodbye to the 9 to 5 weepers
I gave my word and I’ll be the keeper
Long live the dreamy sleepers

Kristine

Written By: Kevin Costa

Kristine

When blackbirds rain down on this town
chasing lovers through the streets
you're the only one I want to run with
and clouds take station on this mind
you make it easy to believe
the sun will do what the sun can do
the sun will do what the sun can do

Kristine
my hope is tall and green
the roots lift up the sidewalks in the place we’re meant to be
and scatters through the leaves
inspired by credence in your golden breeze

When these pages lay bare
your ink flows so free
you’re the sound of my voice before I can speak
and poems lose their footing
slipping helplessly to the sea
you extend your hand like a friend in need
a friend and so much more to me

Kristine
you know what I mean
you’ve heard it in the wind too many times to act naïve
nature calls to thee (need help with that line - sounds like she has to go to bathroom)
It’s been too long since days were light and night suspended dreams

I’ve seen you happy
you don’t even have to try
and when you weep, you shed such beautiful tears
love will always make you cry

When clouds take station on this mind
you make it easy to believe
the sun will do what the sun can do
the sun will do what the sun can do

Kristine
my hope is tall and green
the roots lift up the sidewalks in the place we’re meant to be
and scatters through the leaves
inspired by credence in your golden breeze

In My Mind

Written By: Ronnie Cato

In My Mind

I don’t want to be lonely, I don’t want to be blue
Sometimes I think only about you
There are days when I stray in my mind you would find,
but only if you understood, I could be true

Like you don’t even know me, who is playing the fool?
This time it’s not only about you
There are days I’m afraid what you’d find in my mind
but only if you’d understood I would be true

There are days when I strayed in my mind I would find
But only if you understood I could be true

Discography

Secret Lives, Stange Goodbyes - October 18, 2005 (Unreleased)
Fade Into Existence - 2002
Next 11 Exits - 1997

Set List

9-12 original songs that play about 40-50 minutes total
Covers occassionally