Cheap Girls, Make Do and Mend
105 W. Main Street
Mesa, AZ, 85201
There's no need to check your ears or your calendars folks. It's not 1993. However, the honest and straightforward rock that Cheap Girls brings might successfully transport some to the days when slick overproduction was unheard of and autotuned vocals were just a myth. Adam Aymor and Ian Graham started kicking around the idea of doing a new band in the fall of 2006. At first it was more talk than actual work. It wasn't until the beginning of 2007 and the addition of Ben Graham on drums that Cheap Girls began firing on all cylinders. Influenced by the Lemonheads, Superchunk, The Old 97's, Green Day, Superdrag and Samiam, they produce a sound filled with pounding drums, jangly guitars and super sweet vocal melodies that harkens back to a simpler time and place. What started as an idea of a laid-back band as an extra thing to do after work suddenly transformed itself into a national and soon to be internationally touring band. They've already managed to traverse the east coast several times, tour into the southern US for The Fest and have plans set up for a European tour in May and full US tour in the Fall. With several releases under their belt, Cheap Girls keep getting better and better. Starting out with the "Throw Fits" EP (limited to 100 and all hand numbered) that they self-released and the "Find Me a Drink Home" LP (Bermuda Mohawk, Los Diaper, Quote Unquote) released in April of 2008, Cheap Girls have already begun work on their second LP. Paper + Plastick decided that Cheap Girls were too good to pass up and will be repressing the remastered version of the "Find Me a Drink Home" LP and releasing the bands newest album which is being recorded with Rick Johnson of Bomb the Music Industry and Mustard Plug. The new album is expected to see the light of day sometime around mid 2009.
Make Do and Mend
Hartford post-punkers Made Do And Mend exploded onto the scene with their sophomore EP, Bodies Of Water, which was offered to fans as a free download. The album was well received across the board and left ThePunksite to claim “[Bodies Of Water is] a cohesive piece of post-hardcore music that ebbs and flows with anticipation, passion and sincerity.” They hit the studio earlier this year to record their full-length debut, which will be released via Paper + Plastick Records, in conjunction with the band’s long-standing label, Panic Records. With plans to be locked away until July 6th, the quartet will split time with co-producers Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, Death Threat) at Dexter’s Lab in Milford, CT and Jason Maas (Bane, Verse, Title Fight) at Getaway Group studio in Wakefield, MA. With nearly a dozen songs ready to record that range in subject matter from isolation, to the trials and tribulations of playing in a touring band, vocalist/guitarist James Carroll confides “the sound is definitely more mature than anything from our previous EPs, but overall it definitely a MDAM record; very driving, heavy and filled with a lot of emotion.” Recently wrapping a handful of dates supporting Set Your Goals and Comeback Kid, MDAM’s Do-It-Yourself ethos, sincerity and hardwork will be affirmed just hours after leaving the studio. The band recently announced the first leg of a summer tour that kicks off in Baltimore on July 6th, and spans the rest of the summer. The first round of dates (July 6 thru August 1) include shows with Hostage Calm, Heartsounds, This Is Hell, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Shook Ones, as well as sets at the Sound And Fury Festival in Santa Barbara, CA and Van Isle Hardcore Fest VI in Victoria, BC. “This summer tour is going to be 53 days long,” says MDAM vocalist/guitarist James Carroll, “so that will give us plenty of time to get some new songs in road shape.” Paper + Plastick Records.
Diamond Youth (formerly Diamond), from Baltimore, Maryland. Featuring members of Trapped Under Ice and Down to Nothing, Diamond Youth started writing in early 2010, with the release of an ambitious demo shortly thereafter. In collaboration with Photobooth Records, Diamond Youth's first vinyl offering serves up five fresh songs of catchy pop/rock tunes not unlike contemporaries Jimmy Eat World or Weezer, not to mention 90's predecessors such as Samiam or Nada Surf. All influences aside, the band has a very distinctive sound that's guranteed to leave you humming for days.