Classic CD Review: Cheap Time

Band: Cheap Time
Release: 2008
Label: In The Red

1. “Too Late” – A-
2. “Glitter & Gold” – A-
3. “Zig-Zag” – A
4. “People Talk” – A
5. “Push Your Luck” – B+
6. “Living in the Past” – B+
7. “Tight Fit” – A
8. “Permanent Damage” – A-
9. “The Ballad of Max Frost” – B-
10. “Falling Down” – B+
11. “Over Again” – B
12. “Ginger Snap” – B
13. “Back To School” – B+
14. “Trip to the Zoo” – A

Comments: Cheap Time supported everyone’s best friend, Jay Reatard, on a 2008 tour to promote this fine album. Now, at a few gigs I’ve noticed opening bands not really sounding at all like the main act. In the case of Cheap Time, they happen to sound quite similar to Jay. With all songs except for one under three minutes, CT gets the job done quickly and relatively complex-free. These songs are kind of hard to at first judge and say “yeah, I like this” or “nah, this sucks.” “Tight Fit” might be the band’s best attempt at shoot-em up punk and, in my very humble opinion, one of the best on here. Overall, this isn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but for 2008, it was definitely one of my big listens. It’s got its moments.