Addicted To Noise Contributing
Editor Clare Kleinedler reports: For Weezer
guitarist Brian Bell, what started out as sort of a
Saturday afternoon space-filler has turned into a
full-fledged side project band, the Space Twins.
"I started the band in 1993 with my then-girlfriend,"
said Bell, while in Portland touring with Weezer. "It
was meant to be nothing more than a cute
project...something where we would play children's birthday parties," said Bell. "We had
monikers; I was Space Helmet and she was Moon Boot and we wrote crazy wacky songs about
Snufulufugus and Bo Peep counting sheep. We made our own antennas out of headbands and
wire and Styrofoam balls with glitter, and I would wear a blue Star Trek looking shirt at the
Well that was then. The Space Twins now have a new line-up (ex-girlfriend is out; three male
buddies are in) and have just wrapped-up a six-song demo. Although the songs still have some
of the original quirk, the musicianship has improved tremendously and it is clear Bell is serious
about getting a record deal and taking the project to the same heights of his fellow-Weezer mate
Matt Sharp's band, the Rentals.
"Rings of Saturn" has an incredibly catchy opening guitar riff that stays in your head all day after
one listen; "Goddess of Love" takes a different spin and changes tempo a few times almost as if
it were three songs in one. As far as lyrical style, Bell writes with fantasy-like metaphors -
completely opposite of Weezer songwriter Rivers Cuomo's autobiographical verses. "Osaka
Aqua Bus" has some pretty offbeat lyrics: "And the Tokyo sunset/ Reeks of octopus/so take a
ride on the Osaka Aqua Bus/ Taste the fish egg slush."
"It's my whole take on the Japanese experience," says Bell, laughing. "When I was there on tour
with Weezer, everything I ate had the taste of fish...fish shavings, fish eggs, fish heads. It was
impossible to get by! It was a mix of things...one day I was walking back to the hotel in Osaka
and I saw a sign, and I had woken up really early that day so I thought I was hallucinating, but it
said, 'Osaka Aqua Bus,' and that name! I wrote the song the next day because the word just
stuck in my head."