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First Spin: Hear Cheap Girls’ Tom Gabel-Produced ‘Communication Blues’


Sometimes a band needs a helping hand. And if you’re a heart-on-sleeve garage-punk outfit like Lansing, Michigan’s Cheap Girls, there are few better folks to lend some support than Tom Gabel. The Against Me! mainman produced the Girls’ upcoming third album, Giant Orange, which is out February 21 on Rise records.

The album is actually the first Gabel has produced, and you can hear his own band’s penchant for ragged, soaring choruses, and sharp guitars all over the humbly anthemic “Communication Blues.” Cheap Girls will be airing the song, and others from the muscular, melodic Giant Orange on a headlining tour that kicks off March 1 in Cleveland.