The SpacePimps - Stuck Here Forever
Record Label: Unsigned
Release: June 8, 2010
The SpacePimps (please just ignore their name until you hear them) are a three-piece pop punk group out of Pittsburgh. Their second release, Stuck Here Forever, is 12 songs of "retro" pop punk. While it's a stretch to call any pop punk "retro", it's widely accepted that there's a difference between the early-decade groups that made the genre popular and the groups that followed them. In 2010, however, we have plenty of pop punk bands who are worthy of recognition and are leading the genre to new heights. Above all, we are done writing about the genre being saved or needed to be saved or whatever. Pop punk is not dead, it is alive and kicking, and The SpacePimps deserve to be included in the party.
How Is It?
It may sound cliché, but it's refreshing. Considerably refreshing. Just take the lyrics to "2003", the track that gives the album its name: "2003 is the only time that ever made sense to me / Four chords, a punk rock show and we were good to go / Nobody cared about the clothes you wore, the Myspace pose / No, I don't want to add you as a friend / Let's go back to that place." Sure, this topic matter has been explored before, and sure, The SpacePimps aren't reinventing the wheel, even by pop punk standards. But with soaring vocals and larger-than-life hooks courtesy of lead singer/guitarist Rishi Bahl and a solid rhythm section provided by bassist Brian Cain and drummer Jared Roscoe, it doesn't matter that they aren't pushing any limits.
In a band that started out by playing blink-182 covers at high school talent shows, it isn't hard to guess what The SpacePimps sound like or write about. Songs like "2003" delve into the ever-popular subject of the adored pop punk bands of old versus the less celebrated acts that followed them. Other tracks like opener "DIY Till I Die" and closer "Confessions of An Independent Band" explore the band's mindset and daily lifestyle. Countless others are, of course, about girls ("The Guide to Ruining Your Life" and "Hillcrest" are highlights), something that should be expected on an album such as this.
Towards the end, we hear "The Downside Of Growing Up", which stands out as the best track The SpacePimps present on Stuck Here Forever. It's easy to sing along to, and with a strong chorus and good guitar work, it's the sort of song that you should enjoy before the sun goes away for winter.
While The SpacePimps aren't the most well known group, even among the pop punk scene, the quality of Stuck Here Forever is noteworthy enough to be mentioned along with bands more adored than them. They might be living in the past, but they have a bright future.
i'm from pittsburgh and i've seen them a couple times they have a really good stage presence. they'll stand up there and talk to the crowd in between songs and make jokes on themselves. you can tell they really love doing it. Also they cover Wannabe by The Spice Girls.