Today we bring you Cheap Time. What they manage to do in one album is some pretty amazing stuff. Staying true to the roots of all that is cool in the worlds of glam/punk they bring you plenty of attitude wrapped in catchy guitar driven rock ‘n’ roll. For me having been around in the days when Mott The Hoople made me dance like a crazy man, I have a real appreciation for anyone who can bring back the fun that we had back then just by putting on a record and sitting around listening to it for the 1st time. The music is filled with hooks that will keep you coming back for more and what I truly dig is the hints of the Jim Carroll school of punk. I do these standard Meet the Bands to introduce Bands that I like to all of you, BUT once Cheap Time gets ready to release their next Album, we can do a real interview with all of them. Listen to these Albums and I’m sure you will come away thinking you have just listened to a Band that was worth every second of your time, who knows you might just want to jump in your car and get to your record store. Don’t be that guy who waits for Record Store Day …
Hi our name is….
People say we sound like…..
JEFFREY: Nirvana meets the Sex Pistols
RYAN: We get “old punk” and Saints, Magazine
Jeffrey, Jessica, and Ryan
We are from…….
RYAN: We’re based out of Nashville, TN though we all 3 grew up in much smaller towns.
Who are some that have an influence on you
JEFFREY: Jeff Evans, Jay Reatard, Steve Mcdonald, Timmy Vulgar
RYAN: Ramones, Darin Raffaeli, Russell Quan
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
JEFFREY (guitar/vocals): I started playing and recording music when I was 15. I play guitar and sing in the band.
RYAN(drums): I was about 11 when I started and 12 when I played my first show.
JESSICA plays bass and sings
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
JEFFREY: I write the songs, then I record the drums with Ryan, and we overdub everything else on top of that. After we mix the album, it usually sits at a label for give or take a year or more before it comes out. Once you have a release date for the album, that’s a good time to start learning the songs as a band, so that you’re not all burned out on playing the songs live for the past year waiting for the album to come out.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
JEFFREY: One of the hardest parts of being a new/young band is trying to find people that believe that you’re something that can be sold and as a viable profit turning entity, or at least something interesting enough to gamble on. Getting a good booking agent is really hard but necessary if you want to stay on the road properly. The only trick is perseverance, and learning how to take criticism well.
RYAN: Yeah, getting people to legitimately get behind what you’re doing without trying to change you too much or treat you as another flash in the pan can be challenging. Fortunately for us, we’ve got an amazing booking agency and a label that will release the records we record, as we record them.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
JEFFREY: UK in 1972
RYAN: New York in 1974
Who are all of you currently listening to ….
JEFFREY: Genevieve Waite, Flo & Eddie, Led Zeppelin
RYAN: Tweens, Mystery Twins, Lally Stott
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
JEFFREY: John Cale, because he’s the best
RYAN: That’s hard to say for me. After touring with Mudhoney and Guitar Wolf, we really knocked out the two top active bands for me. I’d love to tour with our buds, Tweens, though. They’re my favorite band to see live at this point and they’re fun as hell to hang out with.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
JEFFREY: The girls will come to you
RYAN: Keep at it and learn from your mistakes. Also, never ever ever ever burn bridges. Once you start touring you can almost guarantee you will see the most random people from your past again.
The one thing we want you to remember while you’re listening to us….
JEFFREY: Don’t take it too seriously
RYAN: We’re just having fun
Our plans for 2015…..
JEFFREY: To play a rocking show in Athens, OH
listen to these tracks/Albums