Review: Spacey Jane overcome the sophomore album jitters with ‘Here Comes Everyone’


Spacey Jane

The Breakdown

A sophomore album is never easy, but Spacey Jane prove they're up to the task and have delivered a gloriously warm and melodic follow up to 'Sunlight'.
AWAL 8.5

Spacey Jane’s astonishing success in Australia arrived when the band released their debut album ‘Sunlight’ in June 2020. Following that album up was always going to be a hard task for the band, made up of vocalist and guitarist Caleb Harper, bassist Peppa Lane, guitarist Ashton Hardman-Le Cornu and drummer and manager Kieran Lama.

But, two years later Spacey Jane have just released their sophomore album, ‘Here Comes Everybody’ and it’s a jangling, glorious punctuation mark to ‘Sunlight’.

Harper has spoken about his approach to the new album and how he wanted it to be a message of hope for young people, citing COVID and climate change as two things that have affected youth disproportionately.

“I want it to be a guide to the experiences that are coming for those entering the period of life I’m leaving. Our first record discussed personal experiences of mine and it was a blessing to see how many people related to those stories. [But he wants album two] to be for youth persevering and thriving emotionally under the weight of our generational burden.”

Caleb Harper

The record kicks off with ‘Sitting Up’ which sets the scene for the album – an introspective, melodic rocker with some really great, self deprecating lyrics. ‘Lunchtime’ is the standout track on the album with a perky beat and some great guitar work, it’s a very upbeat song given that it is about a breakup. A number of tracks on ‘Here Comes Everybody’ have been previously released, including ‘Hardlight‘, ‘It’s Been A long Day‘ and ‘Lots Of Nothing‘. Spacey Jane have averted the dreaded sophomore slump with ‘Here Comes Everybody’, this is an album that builds on the wildly successful ‘Sunlight’ which dealt with Harper’s personal issues. This time around band is inviting those who are struggling to lean in for some comfort – this is especially apparent on ‘Bothers Me’ and ‘Not What You Paid For’.

‘Here Comes Everybody’ is packed with upbeat, hopeful tracks. It is Spacey Jane’s soothing love letter to their fans – old and new.

Photo credit: Nick McKinlay

SPACEY JANE HERE COMES EVERYBODY – AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Tickets HERE.
Friday 5 August | Perth Arena, Perth WA *AA
Friday 12 August | Big Top, Sydney NSW 18+
Saturday 13 August | Big Top, Sydney NSW *AA
Thursday 18 August | Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane QLD *AA
Friday 19 August | Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane QLD 18+
Wednesday 24 August | The Forum, Melbourne *AA
Saturday 27 August | The Forum, Melbourne 18+

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