Earlier this month (2/2/18), Ohio punk trio The Raging Nathans released their second full-length album, titled Cheap Fame via Rad Girlfriend Records. Cheap Fame is the band’s first release since their split with Rad Company in 2016.
It’s been four years since The Raging Nathans released their first full-length album, Losing It, now they’re finally back with Cheap Fame! The album features 11 brand new songs, as well as two re-recorded songs (“Bartending The Funeral”, originally from their split with Nobodys and “Good For You”, originally from their split with Wonk Unit).
I discovered The Raging Nathans shortly after Fest 15 and I’ve been listening to them religiously ever since. As you could probably guess, last year when the band announced they were recording a new album, I was beyond excited to hear the new songs!
Well, the verdict is in: Cheap Fame is everything I could have wanted and more!
The Raging Nathans deliver a 13 song, 28-minute masterpiece without a bit of filler! Each song easily holds its own, filling the listener’s ears with an unstoppable barrage of fast-paced riffs and unforgettably catchy hooks. These are the type of songs you won’t mind getting stuck in your head!
Cheap Fame also does a fantastic job highlighting how The Raging Nathans have grown and evolved as musicians and songwriters since their first album. Musically, the album is the band’s best sounding recording. Channeling influences from all the best pop punk bands of the 80s and 90s, Cheap Fame feels meticulously put together and well-polished, you can really hear the passion the band put into each song. Even the re-recordings shine, especially “Good For You” which went from a good song to a great song after being re-worked!
The lyrical content of the songs also feels more mature. Exploring themes like frustration, love, loss and detachment, Cheap Fame is both relatable and thought-provoking.
Pair all that with the awesome album artwork by Winston Smith, the artist behind iconic album covers like The Dead Kennedys’ Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death and Green Day’s Insomniac, and you’ve got a recipe for success!
Overall, it doesn’t matter if you’re an old Raging Nathans fan or a new one, it’s impossible not to love Cheap Fame! Hopefully, we won’t have to wait four more years to hear what the band has up their sleeves for us next!
Never listened to The Raging Nathans? Fans of bands like Screeching Weasel, 90s Green Day, The Queers, Aerial Salad and The Dopamines won’t regret picking up a copy of Cheap Fame! Notable tracks include: “Sucker Punch”, “CTRL+ALTRIGHT+DEL”, “Good For You”, “Dayton” and “Florida Days”.
Album Score: 5/5
Stream/purchase a digital copy of Cheap Fame on Rad Girlfriend Records’ Bandcamp page here:
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Check out the music video for “Brain Is Floating” here:
And be sure to catch the band on tour if you live on the West Coast, you can check out the tour dates here:
2/18 SLC @ LOADING DOCK
2/19 LAS VEGAS, NV @ EVEL PIE
2/20 PHOENIX, AZ @ PALOS VERDE
2/21 TIJUANA, MX @ MOUSTACHE BAR
2/22 SAN DIEGO, CA @ TOWER BAR
2/23 ANAHEIM, CA @ WORLD FAMOUS DOLL HUT
2/24 LOS ANGELES @ BEER CITY STUDIOS
2/25 LOS ANGELES, CA @ CAFE NELA
2/26 BAKERSFIELD, CA @ RILEYS
2/28 VISALIA CA @ THE CELLAR DOOR
3/01 SAN FRANCISCO @ EAGLES
3/02 SACRAMENTO, CA @ COLONY
3/03 RENO, NV @ SHEAS TAVERN
3/04 BERKLEY, CA @ 924 GILMAN
3/06 OMAHA, NE @ DR. JACKS DRINKERY