Hot on the heels of last year’s awesome Find Me A Drink Home, the Lansing, Michigan trio Cheap Girls is back with another great full-length full of straightforward punkish power-pop, My Roaring 20′s. There really aren’t any huge changes to be found when comparing My Roaring 20′s to their debut, but (again) it seems as if Cheap Girls know exactly what it is they do well and just stick with it. The production is (however) a bit better but still retains enough of the lo-fi charm that no one will accuse this record of being overproduced. It’s honest, earnest, and raw; like having to scrape the frost from your windshield on a cold late-autumn morning.
Reminiscent of all your mid-90′s indie favorites (think early Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., Superdrag, Sugar, Gin Blossoms, Smoking Popes, etc…) this is music that can seem loud and energetic but still relaxed and a prefect soundtrack for throwing down a few cans of Special Export. The songs are catchy, the melodies are familiar, and it’s put together loosely in a way that feels genuine and comes across as imperfect but charming and better because of it. My Roaring 20′s has that fuzzy rough-around-the-edges feel that makes is seem worn in and not really of the present. Find Me A Drink Home was #14 on my list of last year’s best records, and My Roaring 20′s will undoubtedly make my 2009 list. The album is out now on the ridiculously good Paper + Plastick label.