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Hailing from Henderson, Tennessee, Jeffrey Novak is a name already familiar to those who pay attention to the whole lo-fi-garage-punk underbelly of today’s indie scene. He’s released and handful of singles and at least one album on labels in the US and Europe as a one-man-band and with his former band, The Rat Traps. He’s been at it for nearly five years and he’s barely in his 20’s. CHEAP TIME is his newest, and most serious, endeavor to date. Founded with Jemina Pearl and Nathan Vasquez of Be Your Own Pet, CHEAP TIME set out to recapture the essence of teenage schlock rock scuzz of such heroes as Redd Kross and The Runaways. Along the way members shifted as did the band’s direction. As an obsession with 70’s glam power pop ala Sparks, The Quick and Milk N’ Cookies took over, the music took on a new twisted slant that had never been hinted at in any of his previous projects. The results are the current line up of CHEAP TIME and their debut album.

CHEAP TIME’s self-titled debut album is twenty eight minutes of snotty punk pop perfection. From the New York Dolls via Germs screech of Tight Fit to the anglophile power pop of ìGinger Snapî to the bubblegum bounce of ìTrip To The Zooî, this debut has instant classic stamped all over it’s bratty face.


It’s about time I started giving these guys some advertising. One of the best labels around nowadays. -Ian


Cheap Time-CHEAP TIME (2008)
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