With tracks like Codependence and Accident Prone lingering long in listeners ears, Liverpool four-piece The Cheap Thrills have been selling out shows and heating up Spotify's Hot New Bands playlist with their sweltering guitar riffs and spacey synth-ridden solos. Drummer Anton Eager fills ROR in on some of the bands highlights so far.
Who are the Cheap Thrills and how did you all meet?
The Cheap Thrills consists of Lewis on vocals and guitar, Callum on bass, Terry on guitar and synth and me Anton on drums. We're a garage synth rock band from Liverpool and we all went to Primary school together. We all still live five minutes from each other in an area called Orell Park.
What’s been some of your highlights so far?
We’ve had so many highlights that sometimes they're hard to remember, people have to remind us of something and then we're like “fucking hell yeah we actually did that”.
Off the top of my head, some special moments have been seeing our Glare vinyl being stocked in Rough Trade London and Probe Record Liverpool. Supporting Cast in Liverpool & Dublin. Getting Radio X and BBC 6 Music Radio play and our EP launch gig in Liverpool at the Shipping Forecast. I was honestly expecting around 100 people there, over 300 turned up and people were not getting let in. It’s a tiny little room and it was surreal to see. There’s a video on YouTube somewhere for those interested.
You have a track called Accident Prone who’s the most accident prone in the band?
Without a doubt Lewi, I’ve never known anything like it. The song is self reflecting, he’s constantly losing stuff like his passport or keys. A line in the chorus is “If it’s not my bones it’s my mobile phone”.
This is about one of our early gigs as a band where Lewi got wasted before it. When showtime came he couldn’t stand up, halfway through the second song he stood on the monitor, fell off it and broke his wrist, he spent the rest of the night in A&E. I ended up doing a drum solo to fill some time, then the gig was over! Think we were on stage for a grand total of five minutes. The mobile phone part is self explanatory, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Lewi with an iPhone screen intact.
What records do you never get tired of listening to?
Lewi is into all his Australian psych bands and he’s been listening to a band called Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.
I don’t think I could get tired to listening to Howlers’ or The Vaccines first album. I think what I like about it is that they are a collection of singles. Leave the concept stuff to the later albums, your debut should be full of sing along rammers. Flytes album is boss too.
What can we expect next from you?
We are going into hibernation for a while over the summer. We played our last show for a few months at Tramlines over the weekend. We’re really focusing on writing a solid amount of tunes for an album, then after the summer we will be back at it with an album in our back pockets. Unreleased nonetheless, that’s the next goal.
For more details follow The Cheap Thrills on Facebook and Instagram.