Today’s Inquistion features Andy Mayer, drummer for Eternal Boy (formerly known as The SpacePimps).
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.
Previous Punksburgh Inquisitions:
A weekly Spotify playlist of all bands reviewed/interviewed/mentioned on Punksburgh.com from 06.06.17-06.12.17
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Look Out Loretta is a five piece Pittsburgh pop punk band. With everyone working, it can be difficult getting all five members together for a show, but you can also catch them acoustically. We caught up with Josh, Look Out Loretta’s vocalist and guitarist regarding what’s coming up for the band.
Q) What are you working on right now?
A) We’ve been working on our EP, so spending time in the studio. We just need to finish up two more songs to go with the four we have had since February of ’16. We’re hoping to release it at the end of June, but don’t quote me on that “hahaha”.
Q) Describe your musical process.
A) It used to be just me (Josh) but now we write collaborately. Jason and I will bring ideas about 90% complete and then we finish them together with everyone else.
A weekly Spotify playlist of all bands reviewed/interviewed/mentioned on Punksburgh.com from 05.25.17-06.05.17
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Cynimatics is a four piece ska/pop punk hybrid band based out of Pittsburgh that have been together (except for a brief hiatus) since 2013. These guys blend third wave ska with pop punk for a unique sound with even more unique set of influences.
Q) Cynimatics just had a release show back in April for “A Life That’s Always The Same.” Are you planning on doing some more touring with that release, or are you focusing more on the potential album you’ve got in the works?
A) That’s funny… “A Life That’s Always The Same” was sort of just a stunt to gain some momentum again and put something fresh and tangible out there since we weren’t active for basically an entire year (2016-2017). I booked the release show with 3 of my friends’ bands (FlipSwitch, Rotations, and Lotus Kid) to basically just have a good time. We gave away the CDs for free there. I’m really grateful everything went well and that everyone seems to be digging the new EP. I can’t really say that we’ll ever tour for it.
The band is pretty much just a hobby. We do this for fun, and love just being local to Pittsburgh as well as releasing everything we do DIY. I’d love to travel, but with most of us just out of school and juggling priorities, it’s difficult.
Lotus Kid is a five-piece angsty pop punk band from Pittsburgh, PA. Live, these guys are energetic, able to hold witty stage banter, and keep things generally relatable. I had the chance to catch up with Mikey, who does vocals and song writing for the band, to discuss everything from pizza and local businesses to the creative process and advice he wishes he had gotten.
Q) What is Lotus Kid working on right now?
A) Our current short term goal is playing our Fall Out Boy cover set at the Emo Prom! It’s this weekend, so this week we’re running through the songs and perfecting the little things. We regularly play as a five piece band (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) but don’t have a permanent drummer and none of the fill in drummers we have been working with are available the day of the show, so our guitarist Zack will be playing drums and I will be playing guitar while singing to make up for the lack of a member. I’m stoked to sing these songs because Fall Out Boy always had lyrics that really spoke to me when I was a teenager. We’re trying to convince Doug to shave his beard and wear some eyeliner but he’s being noncompliant.
Once the Emo Prom is over we will be wrapping up recording our debut EP and then sending the tracks out to get mixed and mastered. It only needs a few more hours of vocal tracking to be ready to go! We want to make a music video and have a release party this summer, then after that do some weekenders and hopefully do some touring in support of the EP.