The name “The SpacePimps” is a warning in and of itself: they are seriously fun, but don’t take them too seriously. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, gatekeepers of modern pop-punk Rishi Bahl, Jared Roscoe, and Joe Harbulak are out to have nothing less than a good time. With their new album ‘Eternal Boy’ set to be released on July 2, the band reminds us that the glory days of straightforward, upbeat, and catchy rock songs are far from over.
Read below to find out what exactly makes them “The SpacePimps,” for better or worse.
Who came up with the band name?
One would think that there is an amazing, awesome, and crazy story behind a name like “The SpacePimps,” but there really isn’t. We had our first practice, and our drummer’s little nephew had been watching MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.” We walked out of the walk-in closet that we used to practice in and he said we looked like a bunch of pimps from outer space. We had our high school battle of the bands later that month and our drummer submitted “The SpacePimps” as our name. We’ve been stuck with it ever since, for better or worse.
Was there a selection process?
We never really thought or even chose other ones, since things moved a bit faster than we had originally expected. I am pretty sure Slippery When Wet or Batteries Not Included were also in the running. Thank God The SpacePimps won.
Is there a particular meaning behind the name?
[laughs] In all the years of being in a band, I am not sure we have been asked that. The SpacePimps. Umm… not really any poetic, metaphorical meaning behind that.
What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?
I think that throughout the years we have always thought about other names that we would have liked to use. Basement Royalty and Saving Silverman are two that we’ve talked about. But let’s be real, The SpacePimps is clearly a better, more sophisticated choice.
What’s the worst name that you considered using?
Any regrets about the name you chose?
Whoa, where do we start? It sounds like we don’t like the name, but in reality, it has become synonymous with our existences. Not literally, but figuratively, bands refer to us as “the pimps” or people know us through the name. It encapsulates a fun, care-free group of people who like to reiterate that we should not take ourselves to seriously in an industry that does just that.
Pick up The SpacePimps’ new album, Eternal Boy.
For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their official site.