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Show Review: Cheap Girls, The Sidekicks, Brothers of Brazil (Brooklyn, March 6, 2012)

90’s nostalgia was at an all-time high on March 6th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. The new champions of alt. punk and indie rock, the Sidekicks and Cheap Girls, were on the bill and nearly everyone in attendance had securely fashioned their loose-fitting flannels and Rivers Cuomo glasses. The Knitting Factory is neatly divided into two segments: in the front is the bar with seating, video game consoles and a no-charge ATM; while the back room is where the stage is located along with its own bar. It’s a cozy environment and exactly the type of place to see bands that might be too explosive for a basement, but not quite large enough to sell out a stadium.

Check out my full show review here.



Album Review: Cheap Girls – “Giant Orange”

Much like the new albums by The Sidekicks and Menzingers, the newest Cheap Girls album is a call-back to the college rock and power pop bands of the 80’s and early 90’s. The biggest difference between Cheap Girls and the other two bands, however, is that this is the approach that the band has always taken, rather than starting as a gruff punk band before gradually mellowing out. If anything, Cheap Girls have become more sonically aggressive over the course of their three albums and various splits and singles, and Giant Orange is a testament to just that.

One can make jokes that it was signing to Rise Records that encouraged the band to beef up their sound (don’t worry, that’s not why), but it’s more likely that getting to work with Tom Gabel (of Against Me!) influenced the louder production values, making the album come off with a similar sound to the last few Against Me! releases, particularly White Crosses and the Russian Spies / Occult Enemies single. The songs are all clear as day, and Gabel’s production allows for Cheap Girls to finally explore their own sound. Both lyrically and structurally, the band’s songs haven’t changed a whole lot since their debut, but they’ve been together long enough that they are now playing comfortably with each other and their musicianship has never sounded more together. This will hopefully help them to avoid accusations of being a “Gaslight Anthem” type band who are trying to relive a past decade they weren’t alive to witness.

Cheap Girls have always had a very strong Smoking Popes influence in their sound, and Giant Orange is no exception as vocalist Ian Graham still croons on each of the album’s ten tracks. Out of all three of the band’s albums, Giant Orange showcases how far Graham has come as a singer, as he has never sounded as confident on a studio recording as he does now. The whole album provides evidence of this, but no song shows off his new confidence as much as Pacer does. He’s still singing about the hardships in his life, but his voice shines throughout the five minute duration and it’s hard to believe that it’s the same quiet singer heard on Find Me a Drink Home only four years ago. Even the sole acoustic number, Cored to Empty, which is a lyrical downer (“When you first found me, I was dirty, broken cored to empty/I’m not much better now”), has Ian Graham singing with much more confidence than he did when he recorded Her and Cigarettes all those years ago. One can only hope that the band also continues to write songs that utilize the backing vocals, as the harmonies complement Graham’s voice in an ever-so-sweet manner similar.

All-in-all, Giant Orange is arguably Cheap Girls’ best work. Whereas their contemporaries in The Sidekicks and the Menzingers have created great albums by constantly shifting genres and playing with new sounds, Cheap Girls have stuck to just a single sound, but perfecting it over time and getting better at it with each new release. They might not have what it takes to top an album like Watch the Throne, but Cheap Girls most definitely has what it takes to become huge in the college radio circles.



Full Album Stream: Cheap Girl’s upcoming album “Giant Orange”

Michigan rockers, Cheap Girls, are streaming their their upcoming album, “Giant Orange” in it’s entirety.

You can listen to it here.

“Giant Orange” will be released February 21st on Rise Records. The band’s last full length, “Find Me A Drink Home”, was released in 2009 on Paper + Plastick Records.



Cheap Girls streams new song “Mercy-Go-Round” off upcoming album “Giant Orange”

Michigan rockers, Cheap Girls, are streaming a new song entitled “Mercy-Go-Round” off their upcoming album “Giant Orange”, produced by Tom Gabel of Against Me!  Give it a listen right here.

“Giant Orange” will be released February 21st on Rise Records.

The band’s last full length, “Find Me A Drink Home”, was released in 2009 on Paper + Plastick Records.



Cheap Girls premiere music video for “Ruby”

Cheap Girls have premiered the music video for their tune “Ruby.” The song is the first single from the band’s impending Tom Gabel-produced album “Giant Orange”, so check it out here.

“Giant Orange” drops February 21st through Rise Records.



Music Video: Cheep Girls – “Ruby”

Michigan rockers, Cheap Girls, have premiered the music video for their new song “Ruby” and you can check it out here.

The song will appear on their upcoming third full-length album, “Giant Orange,” which is due out on February 21st through Rise Records. Their last full length, “Find Me A Drink Home”, was released in 2009 on Paper + Plastick Records.



The Sidekicks announce tour dates with Bayside, Cheap Girls

Ohio pop-punk act The Sidekicks are headed out on a month-long US tour later this month. The jaunt kicks off in Lancaster, PA, on February 23rd, and winds down March 23rd in Madison, WI, making stops in places like Boston, Brooklyn, Philly, Omaha and New Haven along the way.(This is a lengthier tour than the one we told you about a few weeks back).

Bayside will join The Sidekicks for the first few dates, Cheap Girls for the last few weeks. Click here for the full rundown.

The Sidekicks are set to release the full-length album “Awkward Breeds” February 21st via Red Scare Industries.



Cheap Girls perform Nervous Energies session

Michigan rock outfit Cheap Girls recently took time to perform three songs for Nervous Energies. Check out their acoustic performance of “Ruby”, “Communication Blues”, and “Cored to Empty” right here.

The band’s  Rise Records debut, “Giant Orange” is due out February 21st.



Cheap Girls release new song – “Communication Blues”

Michigan rockers, Cheap Girls, have released a new song entitled “Communication Blues.”  The song is off the band’s new album “Giant Orange” which will be released February 21st on Rise Records. You can stream the song here.

The band’s last full length, “Find Me A Drink Home”, was released in 2009 on Paper + Plastick Records.



Free Song Download: Cheap Girls – “Ruby” off upcoming album “Giant Orange”

Michigan rockers, Cheap Girls, have posted a free download of their song “Ruby.”

You can grab it here.

The song will appear on their upcoming third full-length album, “Giant Orange,” which is due out on February 21st through Rise Records. Their last full length, “Find Me A Drink Home”, was released in 2009 on Paper + Plastick Records.



Tour: The Sidekicks announce March 2012 tour with Cheap Girls

Ohio’s The Sidekicks only have a few gigs left this year, but they recently announced a bunch of tour dates for next spring with Michigan three-piece Cheap Girls. The three-week jaunt will cover most of the east of the Mississippi River and a few gigs during next year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. Click here for the full rundown.

The Sidekicks’ last release was their split with Tiger’s Jaw back in July. They’re due to release a new album in 2012 on Red Scare. Cheap Girls have a release entitled “Giant Orange” due out on Rise Records in February.



Cheap Girls streaming new song ‘Ruby’ from upcoming album

Michigan rock band Cheap Girls are streaming a new song, ‘Ruby’ from their album due for release on 21 February 2011, on Rise Records.

You can check it out by clicking here.



Cheap Girls sign to Rise Records

Michigan rockers Cheap Girls have announced that they have officially signed to Rise Records.  The band is currently at work on their next full-length album, which is currently unnamed and slotted for a Spring 2012 release.

Cheap Girls last released “Find Me A Drink Home” in 2009 via Paper + Plastick Records.

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Cheap Girls stream demo of new song “Colored To Empty” off upcoming album

Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are streaming a demo of a new song, “Colored To Empty,” off their upcoming, and currently nameless, album.

Check it out here.

Cheap Girls’ upcoming album is supposedly being released in spring of 2012 on Rise Records and their last full length, “Find Me A Drink Home”, was released in 2009 on Paper + Plastick Records.



Cheap Girls and Noise By Numbers doing vol. 15 of “Under The Influence” 7-inch series

Back to back “Under The Influence” stories.  Round 2, here we go:

Suburban Home Records has announced the 15th release of their “Under the Influence” series.  The series showcases bands covering songs from bands that have influenced their song writing. In this release, Cheap Girls covers “My Wandering Days are Over” by Belle and Sebastian and Noise By Numbers covers “Between Planets” by Jesus and the Mary Chain.

he artwork has been put together by the very talented Mitch Clem and Nation of Amanda who have been asked to make their own renditions of the album art that the song being covered originally appeared.

No official release date at the moment but vinyl pressing details can be found here.