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The Lansing, Mich.–based Cheap Girls are quickly becoming the Midwestern saviors of rock ’n’ roll, falling into the role once pioneered by The Replacements and further settled by Wilco and Smoking Popes and, arguably, The Hold Steady (whose Craig Finn shows up for a vocal appearance here on “Man in Question”). On album number four, the band recorded over three months in Grand Rapids and Chicago with Rick Johnson (who recorded the band’s first two albums) and Jeff Dean, who assisted the band with the mix. Led by the heart-wrenching singing of Ian Graham, who hits the sweet spot in songs such as “Slow Nod,” “Short Cut Days,” “Knock Me Over,” “Amazing Grace," and “Pure Hate,” the album is a near-perfect collection of melodic rock tunes. These are the kind of songs that were once the driving force on albums by Lemonheads, Soul Asylum, and countless other groups who followed punk's example to simplify music and bring it back to its three-chord roots.

Customer Reviews


Something about this band is just so classic. If you like one of their songs you will probably like them all. They are not so innovative or super original, but they are so consistent and they always just sound great.

Good band

I saw them live in Chicago at a festival and they knocked it out of the park every song.

Great Album

This is one solid follow up to their incredible last album, Giant Orange. These guys have really turned it on in the last few years and are making really great music. Ian's lyrics are clever and the band has a powerful sound for three guys. "Short Cut Days," "Knock Me Over" and "Thought Senseless" are the standout tracks but this who album is great. Buy it. Then go back and buy all their old stuff.


Formed: 2007 in Lansing, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Lansing, Michigan trio Cheap Girls' high-energy, nostalgic pop-meets-punk sound lands somewhere between the Replacements and Superchunk. Comprised of singer/bassist/acoustic guitarist Ian Graham, his drummer/percussionist brother Ben Graham and guitarist Adam Aymor, the band formed in 2007 with the objective of playing back-to-basics rock. Their first album, the self-released Find Me a Drink Home, arrived the following year. A busy touring schedule followed, making way for sophomore record My Roaring...
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