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My Roaring 20s

June 26, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
Living in your twenties is an interesting time for everyone. It's a period of rapid growth, and really is the make or break in a person's life. Everything before that can virtually be erased if good decisions are made during this time. After 30, you're done with chances and have sealed your fate for your life. But what if you make the right decisions and the cards still don't fall in your favor? What if you can't make the tough decisions and insist on coasting through life?

The album "My Roaring 20s" by Cheap Girls is the story of someone living out these exact questions. The trio consists of brothers Ian Graham on bass/vocals and Ben Graham on drums, and Adam Aymor on guitar. The Michigan-based bands play a back to basics rock. It's refreshing to hear just a band who isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather just bring honest rock back to a scene who needs it. What makes me and others who love this band I believe is Ian's singing. You can hear the pain, disenchantment, and genuine emotions.

As a lowly college student working a dead end job at the time (in my 20s no less), this was right up my alley. We've all been there. It's all part of finding your way in the world. I regret some of the ways I handled stuff in the past, but I wouldn't ask for a redo because it's made me who I am today. I heard a quote the other day that I'm attempting to make my new mantra. It goes something to the effect of "it's never too late to be what you might've been". We all have our ideals on what we wanted to be growing up. It's important to constantly strive for those. There's things I always wanted to do but for a multitude of reasons didn't (see the song "The Fear of Missing Out" by Worship This!).

The band doesn't have a very diverse sound throughout the album, but at 27 minutes it doesn't linger around. Where the band shines is it's lyrics.

"All of my friends with degrees They stand back counters making minimum wage with me Good thing they followed through and kept clean, Trained heads just to get let down and dying And we need something new Everybody needs just a little cool Yeah, We all need something Cause' we got next to nothing" - From "Hey Hey, I'm Worn Out"

"And I've been living in a world of sharp, sharp pain We don't think too much but the rent gets paid I need practice standing still Because I never really knew how to end a day And my mind doesn't know how to stay the same With all these realizations you'd think that I'd find a way to change" - From "All My Clean Friends"

This is a band for anyone who grew up in the 90s and liked 90s alternative bands like the Gin Blossoms, Tonic, Goo Goo Dolls. It's just good rock music that doesn't need to be derogatory or offensive to gain an audience.


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