At least The Cheap Bad Habits don’t lie. They call the album Rock ’n’ Roll Blues and that is what it is; genre tourism firmly stuck in the I-Just-Discovered-Eric-Clapton school of blues. Yet, somehow, it’s not entirely bad, evoking a demo-stage Strokes-like dirty charm, even though, for almost every track, you can name the song they’re riffing off. From “Brown Sugar” to “Cocaine”, they don’t just wear their influences on their sleeves; they announce them in the manner of that post-high-school first band. The EP does, however, come packaged with a free cigarette, so there is always that.
Key Tracks: “The Curse of the Gypsy’s Gold”, “That Girl’s Gonna Be (The Death o’ Me)”