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Feb 14, 2014 4:48 PM by Dan Shadwell

"The Spaces Between" band jams in a new space in SLO this weekend

"The Spaces Between" was a phrase Jazz great Miles Davis used...
He said it was the spaces between the notes that made the music.
More than 50 years later, a local band has taken that phrase as its name as the musicians define their own groove.
"From the get-go we kind of had like this instant chemistry," explains the band's drummer, Liam Smith. "We jam and then they write the lyrics to the songs."
"The Spaces Between" band has already paid some dues and landed gigs in L.A. at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, the Viper Room, and The Roxy.
"It was really where we cut our teeth," says Andrew Rubin, lead guitarist for the band. "Playing live, we had to be on and it kind of built up our live chops doing that. By the time we came back up here after the Roxy, we were like, 'let's make an album now.' "
"What we really wanted to do was take from our influences and sort of redefine something into something new, that nobody's heard before," adds Noah Colton, the "Spaces" lead singer and bass player.
Some legends in music have been listening and one lent a hand as "Spaces" band members crafted their first compilation. Andrew Rubin's friendship with "YES" creator, Jon Anderson, lead to an Anderson camio on "Let's Leave it at This for Now."
"I met Jon Anderson when I was 13," explains Rubin, "... and he asked me if I was a musician. I said yes, and he said, 'well send me some of your songs and I'll sing on them.' So, I was like, 'Okay! Cool!' "
Fast forward several years and the two were working together writing songs.
Rubin explains... "I invited him to come watch us rehearse and he was really into it and when we made the album, I asked if he'd sing on the last track and he said, 'Yes' and he did it."
Colton nods agreement. "We definitely are fortunate to know the people we know, like Travis Warren from Blind Melon, Jon Anderson from 'Yes,' Terry Lawless from U2,... but it's through hard work and dedication that they have paid attention to us and they have taken the time to help us out."
By the way, "Let's Leave it at This for Now" was recorded, produced, and mixed by Blind Melon vocalist, Travis Warren.
"The Spaces Between" will perform at a showcase Saturday at "SLO Tracks," a new venue in San Luis Obispo near the San Luis Obispo airport.
For tickets and more information on the band, just go to the homepage of ksby.com and click on "Links."

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