The Upshot: Cheap Cassettes offer welcome hints to everyone from ‘90s greats Material Issue to a ‘60s/’70s band like The Zombies or Flamin’ Groovies.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
You can almost see the Cheap Trick and Replacements posters on the practice space walls listening to the latest LP from Seattle’s Cheap Cassettes. All Anxious, All The Time is brimming with infectious power pop, punctuated by jittery distorted guitar and Chaz Matthews’ caffeinated vocals; a sound that is sorely missing in pop music lately.
Two-thirds of the band is composed of members from Boston’s Dimestore Haloes, who despite relocating to Seattle managed to snag yet another displaced Bostonian, to round out their trio.
The fact that the record, the band’s first, is lo-fi, stripped of any unnecessary polish that tends to get coated on a lot of power pop albums, just adds to the appeal. The group’s influences are as impressive as they are deep, with hints to everyone from ‘90s greats Material Issue to a ‘60s/’70s band like The Zombies or Flamin’ Groovies on a song like “Disappear With You.” The band is also not afraid to add a little punk rock guitar a’ la The Buzzcocks, smeared across songs throughout. All this while still managing to sound completely original.
All Anxious, All The Time took four years to record in five separate cities, but still manages to sound cohesive; a wildly promising intro to the music world. The music was originally released in digital form some time ago, but now Boston’s Rum Bar label has made it widely available.
DOWNLOAD: “My Little Twin,” “Disappear With You” and “Seconds of Pleasure”