THIS SPACE IS OURS return with dynamic pop-punk balled ALL THE THINGS I’VE BEEN AVOIDING

by the partae

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Naarm/Melbourne quintet This Space Is Ours have gone down a softer, more emotionally driven path on their new single ‘All The Things I’ve Been Avoiding’, out today.

The track, which is the bands 3rd single to be released in 2023, spends 1 and a half minutes focussing almost solely on vocalist Gemma Dunsmore’s delicate, emotive vocals. Reverb-soaked guitars perfectly balance the track’s sonic palette initially, slowly building tension before exploding with the band’s trademark punchy sound around the halfway mark. Testing the waters with these dynamic changes shows the band are maturing into one of the most exciting alternative bands in the current scene. This maturity is further reflected in the lyrical content, as they conceptually discuss overcoming mental boundaries and themes of self discovery.

“The lyrics are written about mental health struggles and the grueling path to getting better; when you’ve come to terms with there being something wrong but only just begun the journey to fix it. Overtime, the personal meaning of this song has transformed for me. When I first wrote it, it was almost an apology, as if to say, “I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I’m trying.” I’ve since been diagnosed with being on the Autism spectrum, and now when I sing it, it feels more like I’m saying something along the lines of, “there is nothing wrong with me, this is who I am and I’m still learning about myself.” 
Gemma Dunsmore, This Space Is Ours


Artwork: Gemma Dunsmore and Sam Pratt

The band have recorded 5 tracks with producer Beau Mckee (Earth CallerBetween You And Me), this being the fourth single to be released of the bunch following ‘My Name’ (2023), ‘Apology’ (2023) and ‘Gone In May’ (2022). Crafting a song with so many layers can be a daunting task, but Mckee gave them the room to breathe as they worked on the track.

This is one out of five singles we recorded with Beau McKee. We had a lot of fun with him in the studio and he ensured we were all comfortable enough to play around and achieve the exact sound we were looking for.”
Gemma Dunsmore, This Space Is Ours

The track is accompanied by a music video directed by Matt Bird, which perfectly reflects the tracks lyrical themes as the video cuts between vocalist Gemma Dunsmore singing in her bedroom, and making her dream a reality while performing with the rest of TSIO.

The band have made a name for themselves over the past few years, scoring a triple j Unearthed First Play for their single ‘Gone In May’, as well as airtime on triple j’s Short.Fast.Loud program for ‘Apology’. They’ve also managed to land playlisting support from Apple Music, landing in playlists such as New Music DailyThe New Rock, and The Riff for both ‘Gone In May’ and ‘My Name’. On the live circuit the band have been equally as busy, scoring support slots for bands such as Drastic ParkProposalWe Set SignalsPSTCRDSSynge and Nora. 

This Space Is Ours have shown over recent singles that they are more than ready to take things to the next level; and if ‘All The Things I’ve Been Avoiding’ is any indication of what’s to come, there is certainly a big future ahead.


“This Space is Ours combine passionate vocals with bold instrumentation in refined power. Having shared with stage with bands such as Proposal, We Set Signals and PSTCRDS, they have established themselves as a hungry new act with the skills to match.” 
The AU Review

“For the uninitiated, This Space Is Ours are a Melbourne-based pop-punk band making empowering songs packed with singalong hooks, booming drums, and ripping guitars.”
Kill Your Stereo

“Making sense of despondency and defeat, band This Space Is Ours pull all the conflicting emotions together in their perfect pop-punk track, Apology, that disguises pain amongst an electrifying beat.”
Ramona Magazine

“This Space is Ours return with their first single of 2023, “Apology.” Trust me, hit the volume. With big bold drums and a killer guitar riff, this is one of those angsty tracks that sounds best loud.”
Sounds of OZ

“This Space Is Ours burst with power in their latest electrifying pop-punk single, ‘Apology’, firmly staking their position as a burgeoning leader of melodic sing-along-worthy hooks, driving drums and face-melting solos.”
The Point Music News

All The Things I’ve Been Avoiding is out now
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