Today’s Inquistion features Joseph Stephen, singer and bass player for Eternal Boy (formerly known as The SpacePimps).
Photo of Joe from Eternal Boy’s Facebook page. Make sure to give them a “like”.
What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music?
The Offspring’s “Americana” came out in 1998. It’s the most important album to my musical upbringing with “Enema of the State” (Blink-182) as a very close second. I was in 4th or 5th grade when I heard the hits playing at the local roller skating rink. I was in a golf league with a friend and BEGGED him to tape it for me. Little did I know, I was about to discover one of the great loves of my life: punk rock.
What is your favorite piece of merch that you own?
Our vinyls for sure. I personally have a decent collection. With the takeover of digital media, vinyl brings it back to the days where you had to listen to half of an album to hear the single unless you were careless with your needle and record. If it was a good band, you fell in love with all the other songs as well. It’s not like today when someone can skip through a CD or navigate iTunes to jam the hits. Back then, you had to work for it.
Tell us one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that you love.
The best part about the scene in Pittsburgh are family ties in the DIY scene and that there are so many avenues to discover and support live music. I’ve met exceptional human beings playing shows and supporting bands in this city and its outskirts. Pittsburgh has so much culture, art and DIY work ethic from its immigrant and industrious history. It’s no surprise to play shows like the Strip District Music Festival, which brings many different genres together or to watch a bandmate build the Four Chord Music Festival from the ground up.
What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t?
Everyone in the band is talented at each other’s instruments. It’s hilarious switching off at rehearsal for fun and seeing Andy shredding indie rock riffs on the guitar or Rishi parked behind a kit breaking multiple drum sticks within minutes.
If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to which one would it be?
Probably a newer one called “Hung Up On Hope.” The message is relatable and the traditional pop-punk vibe is definitely there. This may change over time, but for now I’m really excited about this one.
Who would you cast in the movie of your band?
Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi. If you don’t know why, you need to reevaluate your life.
How does your mom/family react to your music? Do they come to your shows?
My family has always supported my passion for music. I can remember my Mom driving me and my half-stack to shows in our mini-van and my Dad raiding my wardrobe before shows to look like a pop-punker. They absolutely come to our hometown shows. We’re kind of like Hank Hill’s family but with a modern twist. Therefore, it’s hilarious watching their reactions when Rishi is on the mic telling sex jokes or making fun of Andy and I.
What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times?
The band is going to give me shit for this, but I’ve seen Blue Oyster Cult more times then any other band.
What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at a show as a performer or spectator?
I mean, I can’t say the craziest thing haha. Some notable events include “crowd swimming” in Birmingham with Joe from Patent Pending and nearly becoming sterile, or the rave we ended up at after a show on the beach in Shanghai. Actually, a really good one occurred at our last show we ever played as The SpacePimps. Before our first song, someone from another band took off their shoe (actually I’m pretty sure it was a boot) and threw it at Rishi. The shoe hit the microphone and the microphone hit Rishi’s front tooth and chipped it. He looked like Lloyd from Dumb & Dumber. I never felt so awkward in my life.
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