14 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

So the guys in Cheap Time have the chiseled good looks of young television stars and yes, the fellow to the left on the cover is wearing a leather choker around his neck, but this doesn't mean that the Nashville power trio plays similarly attractive indie pop. Cheap Time unleash the kind of dirty, feral, lo-fi garage rock that is heavily inspired by semi-obscure 1970s punk 'n' roll bands like The Bizarros, Jabbers-era G.G. Allin, The Weirdos, and Hubble Bubble. And their budget-rock ethos (14 songs in under 30 minutes) should make fans of Jay Reatard or The King Khan & BBQ Show feel right at home. "Too Late" opens their self-titled debut with singer Jeffrey Novak singing through his nose like a Ritalin deprived kid suffering from hay fever as his guitar feeds back and squeals out a scribbled solo. Unfortunately there aren't any recordings here from when Be Your Own Pet's Jemina Pearl used to be a fourth member, but songs like "People Talk" and "Back To School" more than make up for it with fevered temper-tantrum rhythms, snotty sneering vocals, and catchy glam-pop hooks that recall equal parts early Alice Cooper Band and The Runaways.

EDITORS’ NOTES

So the guys in Cheap Time have the chiseled good looks of young television stars and yes, the fellow to the left on the cover is wearing a leather choker around his neck, but this doesn't mean that the Nashville power trio plays similarly attractive indie pop. Cheap Time unleash the kind of dirty, feral, lo-fi garage rock that is heavily inspired by semi-obscure 1970s punk 'n' roll bands like The Bizarros, Jabbers-era G.G. Allin, The Weirdos, and Hubble Bubble. And their budget-rock ethos (14 songs in under 30 minutes) should make fans of Jay Reatard or The King Khan & BBQ Show feel right at home. "Too Late" opens their self-titled debut with singer Jeffrey Novak singing through his nose like a Ritalin deprived kid suffering from hay fever as his guitar feeds back and squeals out a scribbled solo. Unfortunately there aren't any recordings here from when Be Your Own Pet's Jemina Pearl used to be a fourth member, but songs like "People Talk" and "Back To School" more than make up for it with fevered temper-tantrum rhythms, snotty sneering vocals, and catchy glam-pop hooks that recall equal parts early Alice Cooper Band and The Runaways.

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