Let's review Eternal Boy's debut CD "Awkward Phase!"

"Awkward Phase" is the debut CD from Eternal Boy, oh wait does that name sound familiar? Yes, "Eternal Boy" was the last release from famed Pittsburgh pop/punk band The SpacePimps. The SpacePimps have re-branded themselves as Eternal Boy but don't worry, it's still the same music you love. 

I had a chance to ask Rishi Bahl, vocalist and lead guitar player, some questions about the name change. I first really wanted to know the motivation behind the change in the name. 

"We lost out on a few opportunities due to the name. It was off-putting to some people and to be honest, we got stuck with it awhile ago thought that we couldn't change it as a result. However, every brand, band, company, etc. needs to go through a facelift so to speak," said Mr. Bahl. 

The band has been around for over 10 years and they have a dedicated fan base. I was curios after reading up on the history of the band on how the fans would react. Mr. Bahl had this to say:

"Almost all of it was positive, but of course there were some die hards that felt weird about it. Thankfully the band name is taken from the name of The SpacePimps which was Eternal Boy, so there is a paper trail back to us."

The fans, even the die hards, can rest easy because this CD kicks some serious ass right off the bat.It was recorded at Portrait recording studios and produced by Chris Badami. He's worked with Days of the New, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Starting Line, and many others. I asked Mr. Bahl about some of the biggest influences and one of the bands he mentioned was The Starting Line. Mr. Bahl went on to say "He worked on some of our favorite albums of all time and he really understands the kind of sound we were going for," when asked about working with Chris Badami. A couple of the other influences he mentioned are early Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory, The Ataris, The Offspring, Less Than Jake, Face to Face, Rufio and Taylor Swift (yes because who doesn't love a little T. Swift).

I've had a chance to listen to the new CD a couple times, well a couple dozen times to be honest. It transports me to the early 2000's and I love it. It's good, fun, catchy music that you can sing along to and relate to. I think my favorite track has to be "Growing Pains." I've found myself just randomly singing it out loud at completely fortuitous times. The title track "Awkward Phase" has very cool guitar rift to start off the track that hooks you in. It's easy to connect with the song because everyone has that awkward phase. We shouldn't be sorry for who we are. I think that's where CD has appeal to me because you can relate to the content and music keeps you there. I think anyone can relate to "Demons" because most everyone has been in that place. It has a positive message about overcoming those demons in your life. I couldn't find a bad thing to say about any of the tracks on the CD. It's a good buy in my book!

I suggest picking up the ticket plus CD package to CD release show at the Smiling Moose. I think it's only $18 bucks (plus fees) and you can't beat that. It's rare to find just a concert ticket for that price let alone ticket plus CD. I will be there, upfront and enjoying every minute of the show!

Check out this video for the latest track to get you pumped for the show!