10th Annual Punk Album Nominee
10th Annual Punk Song Winner
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Record Label: n/a
Home Base: Pittsburgh, PA
Genre: Pop Punk
Categories Entered: Punk Album, Punk Song
Work Submitted: Stuck Here Forever; “The Guide to Ruining Your Life”
Influences: Blink 182, Face To Face, NOFX, Foo Fighters, New Found Glory
What’s the meaning of your band name? We needed a name to enter our high school talent show, and our drummer submitted The SpacePimps as a joke…years late we are stuck with it.
Describe your nominated work: Our album is a nostalgic reminder that everyone grows up. I guess we look at the album as therapeutic in coming to terms with that process. It has the highs the lows and the potential futures.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMA’s? We feel that this album really encapsulates what we are about as a band. We have mulled over every little detail from production to distribution and feel this record can really help us reach the next level.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? Nope, 3 dudes, guitars, drums, and vocals. We are a bit old school it that sense, but we love it.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? There are always happy accidents when recording, and when they happen, a light bulb goes off in everyone head. I wish we could plan out those accidents so we know in advance how to write better songs.
Did fans help you fund this project? Well I guess indirectly fans always help fund the record. Every show we play, record sold, or t shirt sold, it goes back into us being able to produce more material. For that we are extremely thankful to those who support us.
Who’s sitting in your audience? Hmm, I think our target demographic is teenage boys and girls from 14-25? We get the occasional grandma to our shows though.
What makes your fans unique? I don’t like using the term “fans,” because it implies some hierarchy. I think friends is a better term, and our friends are exactly like us: no inhibition, really do not care what others think, and like to have a great time.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote? “Dammit” by Blink 182 and “I Would Do Anything For Love” by Meatloaf. The former, defines our childhood and the latter would get us laid.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your “friends?” Hmm, Chris Botti has been on my ipod a lot lately. Also, Manchester Orchestra has blown my mind.
What is your dream show lineup? Blink 182, Foo Fighters, NOFX, Black Flag, and Britney Spears circa the “Baby One More Time” era. She would definitely open.
What are your guilty pleasures on the road? Adult bookstores, Moe’s Mexican Grille, and going to malls.
Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? I saved our bass player from hooking up with a girl who looked like Sloth from the Goonies…long story.
Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? Our drummer looks at himself in the mirror and flexes his muscles, our bass player spends 20 minutes in the bathroom by himself (not sure what goes in there), and I have diarrhea.
Should music be free? Yes and No. For bands like us who are not massive, it does not affect us, and we would prefer people to just listen to us. The more our music gets out there the better. I can understand why mid-sized bands who rely directly on record sales for an income would be upset. Their livelihood is contingent on people buying music.
How has digital affected your career? It has people listen to us who might have never heard about us before. For that, we are forever devoted to online promotion.
Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? That is a hard question. I think that in the past, people had to buy full albums because there was no other way to get your favorite song without buying the entire album. Now, singles seem to have moved in the lead as far as fan preference. I think albums will come back, only because people will get sick of listening to one song and desire more from artists they like.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is… in shambles, BUT still produces quality music.