“We’ll see if we even sell any records.” – Ian Graham (Cheap Girls)
Michigan-based pop punk trio, Cheap Girls have just completed a tour of the UK with Lemuria. They stopped off in Manchester a couple of weeks back, so we went down and had a chat to them (amidst a sea of technical problems) about touring with their friends, their recording plans, the stillness of a German punk show and much more.
Anthony Barlow: Hey guys, how’s it going?
Ben Graham: Hey. It’s going good.
AB: Are you looking forward to the show in Manchester tonight?
Adam Aymor: Yeah. It’s been two years.
AB: It’s been over two years since you were last here?
AA: Yeah. May ’09 or something.
AB: You’ve toured a little in the UK so far, as well as the rest of Europe, how’s the whole tour been so far?
BG: Yeah, great so far.
Ian Graham: No, we’ve had a good time. It was our first time in mainland [Europe], second time in England. It’s been cool to see new areas. Things are much older here.
AB: Best bits? Worst bits?
IG: Paris. Paris was really good.
AA: Paris, Fluff Fest in the Czech Republic.
BG: In the UK they’ve all been good. Southampton, Bristol, Kingston, Swansea.
Ian Critchley: You’re hearding to Belgium and Germany after this. Do you have a good following over there?
AA: German shows are good.
AB: I’ve always been told they’re very…still.
IG: Yeah, they are. They’re pretty relaxed, but they’re fun. The shows are always good.
AA: Hamburg was great. We hit Berlin after this, and stuff.
IC: And you’re touring with Lemuria. How’s that going? Are they nice people?
BG: Oh, they’re great. We’ve known them for years. We’ve toured with them a little bit in the states, and we’ve been talking about this tour for a long time.
IG: We got that seven-inch together, that just came out. So it seems like good timing.
AB: Has the response been good to that, so far?
IG: Yeah, we like it *laughs*.
AA: People have been nice every night when they’re talking about it.
AB: You said you were last over here in May ’09, was that on the back of My Roaring 20’s?
IG: No. We had just recorded the record, and it was kinda in the period before it came out.
AB: Did you find it harder with the record not being out?
IG: Not necessarily. We put our first record out free, digitally, and that made a huge difference. People who came to the shows were well aware and knew the songs, so it was great. That’s one of the smarter things we’ve probably done.
AB: That seems to be the norm for a lot of bands these days. Do you really think that helped you guys?
BG: Yeah, definitely. When we were in the UK before, it was even on the fliers. “Download the record on Quote Unquote”
IG: For a band that’s touring an area, especially for the first time, there’s not really a better thing to have available.
IC: And you did a split with Above Them too, that must have helped?
IC: You just talked about the new split, but have you any other projects in the works?
AA: We get back from the tour in late August, have a month off, and in October we record full length number three.
AB: So before we have more tech issues I’ll go for our final question. With the new record on the way, we wondered if you’d be willing to donate some of the profits towards a Chuck Ragan fishing show.
BG: A Chuck Ragan fishing show?
IG:Actually, a friend of ours goes fishing with Chuck a good amount. I know he fishes a lot.
AB: Are you up for that? Will we have ‘Cheap Girls’ listed in the credits?
IG: Sure. We’ll see if we even sell any records.
BG: I’ve got at least six bucks on it.