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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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Don't be late, buy this album NOW!!

Trip to the zoo has the most intresting melody... just listen to the clip. Good Stuff.

Jemina Pearl?

Yeah, this band is fairly badass.... but... this album would have been amazing with Jemina Pearl on vocals. I read this was a side project of hers, but shes MIA. I mean give this band a listen... but think of how perfect / so much better it would be with Jemina Pearl on vocals.

No Jemina!

The other reviewer was close. Jemina WAS in this band but she was never the vocalist, she played bass. She sang a few songs or was the backup vocalist but Jeffrey Novak was always the main singer I'm pretty sure. But I think the album sounds perfect with the lineup it has. I love his vocals and this album actually gave me and a couple friends some inspiration to start our own garage band and we actually did! And we recorded a song sort of like Tight Fit and the scene in my town has never been very garage but because of us people sort of like it. I'm getting off topic. Okay, so this album has been playing constantly in my house since I got it a week ago. Every song is pure garage and has diversity which is difficult for raw bands like this one. The songs are easy to play but very catchy and interesting. It's pure garage and this sort of brought me back to my favorite genre, which has been dwindling away. Jay Reatard is cool but he's more loud punk than garage, but Cheap Time, at least to me, is fuzzy, lo fi, loud, funny, and awesome. Stand out tracks are Push Your Luck, Tight Fit, and Ginger Snap. If you want rock n roll get this!


Formed: 2006 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A combustive mix of glam rock riffs, power pop melodies, and lots of punk energy, Cheap Time are the brainchild of Jeffrey Novak, a Tennessee native who began playing in punk bands in his teens. His groups include Jeffrey Novak's One Man Band and the ultra-raw Rat Traps; when the Rat Traps retired in 2006, Novak formed Cheap Time with Be Your Own Pet's Jemina Pearl on bass and Nathan Vasquez on drums. This version of the band was heavily influenced by the Runaways and early Redd Kross, and released...
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