Impregnated by the music of The Byrds, George Harrison and Big Star, Cheap Star evokes as much AM Californian Radios of the 70' s as the college rock of The Posies, Matthew Sweet and Robert Pollard’s Guided By Voices.
The French band raised praises from Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet), as well as Big Star & Posies’ Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow.
Their 1st album, entitled “Speaking Like an Elephant” (Z&Zoe Records) was recorded and produced 50/50 by Ken Stringfellow & Jon Auer.
Cheap Star also recently recorded a split CD with Jon Auer called “Two For The Money” (Z&Zoe Records) which contains originals as well as obscure covers….
Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star) chimes in!
"It's really great pop, fresh - like Posies, Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, and Guided By Voices all rolled into one...One of the songs I produced, "You Got It All" is such a great slice of pop, so pure and...well, it reminds me of what I love about melodic pop in the first place...I produced "Louder as well, like the Byrds with a fuzz box...(and a little of "Flavor of the Month" in there as well!)"
Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet)
"It sounds cool! The singing reminds me a little of Teenage Fanclub and I think the songs come across pretty well. Sounds like you guys have a common vision about the music. Keep up the good work!"
Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Disciplines, R.E.M.) adds...
"Cheap Star are unaware or perhaps unconcerned that they are always in the future and moving forward…the name is an unpretentious homage to giants of the past, but the musicians here are doing what we all attempt to do…chewing up the green fields of the well trampled culture and growing woolly fabric for the modern age.
And it is all done gently, humbly, and with great beauty. And they are happy to return to the mulch after their work is done and feed the next thoughtful grazers…delicious."
Cheap Star has played with The Posies, Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh), Varsity Drag (Ben Deily, ex-Lemonheads), Pete Krebs (Hazel, Elliott Smith), Jon Auer, The Boss Martians, Bezzewax.