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Cheap Time @ 7th Street Entry

Feb 17, 2014

It was an evening of hard-punk glory at the 7th Street Entry on February 12, 2014.



It was an evening of hard-punk glory at the 7th Street Entry on February 12, 2014. Local opener Holographic Sands played a tight set of catchy, yet jagged blasts of dreamy garage-punk, their sound comparing to the Pixies, if the Pixies decided to pack up their Marshall stacks and head for the West Coast. The biting guitar and remarkable vocal work of bandleader Chase Wackerfuss were a major highlight.



Following was a brilliantly chaotic noise-fest from local surf-punk stalwarts France Camp, during which lead vocalist Jay Simonson nearly ingested his mic before going comatose in the middle of the crowd, guitar in hand. Alongside Holographic Sands, France Camp is also a member of Minneapolis’ Forged Artifacts label. The set was easily the most upsetting of the night and I, of course, mean that in the best way.



The evening was capped off by a 40-minute machine-gun style set from the Nashville-based snot-punk trio Cheap Time. Lead singer Jeffrey Novak’s snarl perfectly evokes memories of punk revolutionaries. The set drew largely on the band’s new-ish LP Exit Smiles—out on In The Red Recordings (Black Lips, Jay Reatard)—as well as a few Cheap Time classics. While brief, the show wrapped with the hooky “Glitter & Gold” and hyperactive “People Talk” and was both mesmerizing and frightening—as any good punk show would be.

Luke Michaels