One thing about the old advice to "write what you know" is that the more you write, eventually what you know best is writing -- not the kinds of experiences you initially drew upon as subject matter. Which I suspect accounts for so many novelists using writer protagonists in their later works. And for all the songs and albums about being in a band.
Over the past several years, The SpacePimps have been one of Pittsburgh's more active pop-punk outfits. Now the trio of guitarist Rishi Bahl, drummer Jared Roscoe and bassist Brian Cain is releasing Stuck Here Forever -- an album that often seems a celebration of their years together as a band.
That nostalgic tone starts with the first note, the 40-second opener "DIY Till We Die," with the lyrics "We've been doing this for years now ... / To all the critics and hypocrites / we won't let this go." Other titles include "When Music Mattered" and "Confessions of an Independent Band" (which, oddly, seems mostly about staying in bed and feeling sorry for yourself, instead of music).
The album's central statement seems to be the song "2003," which provides the album's title. It opens with a Weezer-ish hook and includes the lines, "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 or MySpace whores / And no, I don't wanna add you as my friend."
Although the band hews to a bright, classic pop-punk sound, there's some variety to all the upbeatness. "Running Away (Leave the Light On)" has a New Wave-ish guitar hook, while the acoustic intro for "This One's for You Mandy Moore" is reminiscent of Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha." The album-closer, "Confessions," has a kind of sped-up Tom Petty twang.
The SpacePimps are self-releasing Stuck Here Forever here in the States; in Japan, where the band's toured in the past, it's being put out by Kick Rock Music. Their tour begins with a CD-release show at Diesel on Fri., June 18.
The SpacePimps CD-release with Cali AC, Ten Count Fall and Check Your Status. 7 p.m. Fri., June 18 (doors at 6 p.m.). Diesel, 1601 E. Carson St., South Side. $10 ($12 day of show). All ages. 412-431-8800 or www.dieselpgh.com