Nashville tightens its grip on the pulse of garage punk with the release of Cheap Time's eponymous LP. The band, which was originally started with members of Be Your Own Pet, has certainly come into its own on this album. The BYOP members split and Jeff Novak soldiered on to create the kind of record that truly imbues the spirit of '76, making that 1976 and not 1776. Novak's stripped down rock is deeply indebted to a Ramones style simplicity and a crux of New Wave/Power Pop hooks but its all waxed rugged with a sneer of youth. As with fellow Tennessee resident and current tourmate Jay Reatard, his songs have a less is more mentality and Cheap Time succeeds nicely on this blueprint. For a punk record its not an immediate catch though, its a grower, the raw sound obscures some of the pop gold until about the 3rd of 4th listen but by then you're hooked deep. I'm holding out for In The Red to release it on LP (which is out in a couple of weeks) 'cause this one's going to smoke on vinyl.
[MP3] Cheap Time - Glitter & Gold
[MP3] Cheap Time - People Talk
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