Cheap Time

Cheap Time

Games, Bronko Lelich

Sun, February 23, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Cheap Time - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Cheap Time
Hailing from Tennessee, Cheap Time have been around in one incarnation or another since 2006. The nucleus of the band has always been Jeffrey Novak who writes and sings the songs as well as playing guitar and keyboards. The band began with Jemina Pearl and Nathan Vasquez from the band Be Your Own Pet rounding out the line up - theirs was a sound of a teen punk band with more attitude than musicianship, owing more than a little to early Redd Kross. By the time the band recorded their debut album the line up had changed completely and, in addition to improved musicianship, Novak brought in influences of 70's glam and power pop bands like Sparks and The Quick. The band followed this up with more line up changes and a sophomore album, Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations), that was darker, moodier and more complex than it's predecessor.

Despite the many line up changes, Cheap Time has always been a quintessential sum of its parts, an equal part being the low-fi bombast that they employ to scuzz-up their otherwise lightweight brand of simplified 1970's glam punk that's delivered with an expected amount of adolescent snottery with a strong sense of sing-songy cohesion, mostly dissected into two minute blasts of sound. Cheap Time are now back with their third and by far strongest record to date, Wallpaper Music. Watch the promo film for 'Wallpaper Music'

Recorded in Novak's new home studio, Wallpaper Music is a perfect distillation of all the phases the band has effortlessly passed through to date. There are still the attitudinal punk moves and pop-damaged glam jams but this time around the come up with their most realized, cohesive record to date. Songs like "More Cigarettes" and "Another Time" are Aussie-esque punkers in an almost Saints-like vein. Tracks like "Underneath The Fruit Flies" show that Novak is finding a good medium here betwixt his punk tendencies and his desire to experiment. This latest installment should satisfy anyone who has been keeping track of this band's trajectory and make them look forward to what might come next. Jeffrey Novak keeps challenging himself and the listener, which is how it should go.
Games - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
This is one of those records you won’t know how you’ve lived without, and you probably have no idea how bad you need it. A pristine, timeless pop album with all the subtleties and effervescence of those misty classics of the Pre-Punk Powerpop era, constructed and rebuilt into an airtight, flawless specimen of the original form. Not that you’d expect any less from the purveyor behind Sing Sing Records, but Jeremy Thompson has been honing this sound for years now, previously in the frantically jagged Busy Signals and the early incarnation of the Carbonas, along with longtime cohort Dave Rahn, whose production of the debut GAMES LP is nothing short of breathtaking. Taking the same cues as The Raspberries, Big Star, Rockin’ Horse, Shoes, and Milk ‘N Cookies did well before the codification of New Wave, GAMES is a crystal-clear shot in the arm to the current state of rock’n roll, a genuine reflection, an instant hit, and something for New Yorkers to be proud of.
Along with such an compelling collection of original songs comes something you don’t see as often as you used to, a couple of great covers that get your gears turning, digging in to check out the origins, a la the mid-90s punk explosion when every new record left a trail of breadcrumbs to discovering your next obscure 70s overlooked obsession. This is important, and all bands need to rethink this stance, not to mention sharing your bounty of knowledge on the rest of us, always starving for MORE. GAMES serves up two here, from Apostrophe and Sage, both with new life breathed into each, and both done up so well, so streamlined, they fit in perfectly with the sound GAMES is here to play, which means we all win. –
Bronko Lelich - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002