Psyko Steve Presents



Thu, January 30, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

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 (and who also has a healthy solo career on the side). 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 lineup 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.
 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. The third album, Wallpaper Music, received rave reviews and the band have been touring constantly for the past year, most recently with Social Distortion and the legendary Mudhoney, but will head out on their own this winter, touring the UK, Europe and the US/Canada.
The new album, 'Exit Smiles', is released November 19th through In The Red Records.  
"Hypnotic kraut-rock repetition and plentiful solo breaks....Cheap Time channel their frustration into quite convincing and ferocious explosions." Alternative Press
"Tennessee glam-snots (and Jay Reatard faves) outgrow their ilk, unload a thorny, at times mesmeric mess."

"...a heavy dose of pure punk dirtiness."

"..effusive, infectious, and full of bratty swagger." The AV Club

"...a depth and resonance that most garage punk records can’t muster. You can listen to it a lot without burning it out, and in fact, it gets better the further you get from the surface." Dusted
In early 2012, a new French Revolution – of sorts – began. After the demise of Phoenix’s all-girl garage band, The Cosmeticators, vocalist/bassist Chela Mischke and drummer Amy Young were far from ready to stop rocking. They decided to put the word out that they were looking for a guitarist and after a couple of let’s-see-what-happens sessions with interested parties, they ended up with two - Donald Martinez and Mike Durham. Mischke is a veteran in Phoenix rock, having played in The Peeps and Les Hell on Heels prior to the Cosmeticators. Young was in several east coast bands, including Sunset Strippers and Jumping Bomb Girls, before moving to Phoenix. Durham lent his skills to a few different acts over the last decade and Martinez was in some local acts, too, like The Budget Sinatra.

Sharing a love all things French and of stomp-y garage rock, hook-laden power pop, punk, and furious rock and roll, the newly formed French Girls started writing songs around Mischke’s catchy lyrics and the guys’ driving riffs, and within 60 days, began playing live shows. In the year to follow, French Girls – known by their respective French monikers Che Beret, Chiffon Baton, Jean Jacques Clousteau III and Michel OuiOui – played an array of shows around the Phoenix metro area.
The band plays with lots of great area acts and has shared the bill with touring acts like King Tuff, Kepi Ghoulie, Audacity, and Mark Sultan. With a lively and fast-paced live show, the band tries to whip the audience into a frenzy. The live shows continue to gain momentum, with people calling out for their favorites, like “(I Wanna Watch You) Aerobicise” and the “French Girls Theme,” inspiring quotes like this from the Phoenix New Times: “Harkening back to the early "Blitzkrieg Bop" days of punk rock, this local crew has a knack for catchy melodies and sing-a-long-friendly chants that is fun to listen to in any setting. Singer and bassist Che Beret and drummer Chiffon Baton are the lovely ladies anchoring the rhythm section, while the balls of the band, Jean Jacques Clousteau III and Michel Ouioui, churn out grinding guitar riffs and wailing backup vocals.”

The band is continuously writing new tunes and just recorded 6 songs at Phoenix’s infamous Heathenworld Studio as a follow-up to their summer-of-2013 4-song, 7” record. Ooo La La!
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014