‘Amazing Grace’ is the new single from Cheap Girls - taken from their latest album Famous Graves - and is released on 17 November on Xtra Mile Recordings. A double a-side, it’s backed by their brilliant cover of The Lemonheads track ‘Style’ and features additional vocals from Craig Finn of The Hold Steady. 

After a summer of packed touring in North America, supporting Against Me! and The Hold Steady, the band come to the UK in November to play their first dates since early 2013. It’s the earliest chance fans will have to see the band perform songs from their recently released album Famous Graves

UK LIVE DATES (w/Joyce Manor)

11  Leeds @ The Key Club
12 Glasgow @ 13th Note
13 Manchester @ Star & Garter
14 London @ The Dome (Tufnell Park)
15 Southampton @ Joiners
16 Kingston @ Fighting Cocks
17 Bristol @ The Exchange


For all of your Xtra Mile Recordings artists' autumn and winter 2014 tour news - for Europe, UK and the US - have a look here! Includes Against Me!, Ben Marwood, Billy the Kid, Cheap Girls, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Crazy Arm, Drag the River, Esme Patterson, Franz Nicolay, Larry and His Flask, Mineral, Northcote, and To Kill A King.

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Following the release of their fourth album Famous Graves. Michigan trio come to the UK and Europe in November to tour with Joyce Manor. Tickets go on sale Friday, 25 July 2014.

They last played the UK in early 2013 with The Bouncing Souls and have since toured across North America with Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Andrew Jackson Jihad and The Hold Steady. They head across the pond for these shows:


03 Paris, FRA @ Espace B 
04 Hamburg, GER @ Hafenklang
05 Dresden, GER @ Chemiefabrik
06 Berlin, GER @ Cassiopeia
07 Trier, GER @ Exhaus
08 Düsseldorf, GER @ The Tube
09 Castricum, NE @ De Bakkerij
10 Antwerp, BE @ JC Kavka
11 Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
12 Glasgow, UK @ 13th Note
13 Manchester, UK @ Star & Garter
14 London, UK @ The Dome (Tuffnell Park)
15 Southampton, UK @ Joiners
16 Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks
17 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange

Photo by Kelly Gairrocco

Photo by Kelly Gairrocco

Famous Graves, their first album for Xtra Mile Recordings, has been described as “a collection of good. honest punk jams for us all to enjoy” by Rock Sound, and Kerrang! said “(it) will entertain you, your mum and your 70-year old grandma all at the same time….they rock in all the right places”.

Check out three songs from the album that the band recorded for a radio session in the States including the recent single ‘Knock Me Over’ which gained plays and support at XFM and Amazing Radio:

Knock Me Over
Man in Question
Amazing Grace

The album title came from the band’s habit of visiting cemeteries in the towns they visit to see if anybody of note has been buried there. They’ve seen everyone’s grave, from Bon Scott in Perth to Ian Curtis near Manchester. The second meaning for the title is, as bassist/vocalist Ian Graham explains, a bit deeper. “The phrase started taking on the idea of common error, It refers to obvious ways to make mistakes - ways to get caught doing the same thing over and over.”
We hope this trip makes good use of the first meaning!

“You could see them sharing a stage with the likes of The Replacements, REM and Dinosaur Jr. and more than holding their own.” - Big Cheese


Xtra Mile Recordings will release Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 5: Smokin’ (Signed vs Unsigned) - the fifth installment of the critically acclaimed label compilation series - on 11 August 2014. 

Split into two halves, this digital only compilation features almost every act on Xtra Mile Recordings’ roster on ‘Side A’ and an unsigned act of their choosing on ‘Side B’.

Showcasing the diversity of Xtra Mile’s musical leanings, Side A features the caustic title track from Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!; the cannonball barrage of Möngöl Hörde’s ‘Blistering Blue Barnacles’; the unmistakable roots groove of Sonic Boom Six’s ‘A Little Bit of Reggae’, and the unplugged wordplay of Ben Marwood’s ‘They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea’. You’ll get pop highs off of Rob Lynch, gruff bluntness from Beans On Toast, and synth-laden pop from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You’ll hear from our newer signees like Billy the Kid and one of our oldest friends, Jamie Lenman. The whole spectrum.

Our acts are always discovering new music and ‘Side B’ - in keeping with Xtra Mile’s constant search and support for new and unsigned acts - comprises their recommendations of emerging artists. Included are the sublime Spring Offensive, The Lion & the Wolf, The Karma Party, Toucans, Grace Petrie & the Benefits Culture, Little Rob and The Mob and many, many more.

Joining the unsigned half of the compilation are International Departures who won the final spot with their track ‘Give Me Something’, voted for by our dedicated Xtra Mile Street Team from hundreds of entries sent to us last month. Like bumping into a dear friend unexpectedly, it turns out Henry Carden – formerly of Dartz! alongside William Anderson of current XMR band, Algiers – is the man behind International Departures.

The artwork is a snapshot taken of an active volcano and is in keeping with all previous plane/sky/space themed XMHC volume front covers. This naturally gave rise to the so-obvious-it’s-not-even-funny compilation title: Smokin’.

Look out for an XMR Hub feature which will include our bands’ reasons for choosing their unsigned counterparts and other fun Smokin’ related things.

The Xtra Mile High Club series, proudly shows off the breadth of talent on its eclectic roster. Welcome to the club… 

Full tracklisting is below:

Side A – Xtra Mile                                             

1. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
2. Cheap Girls - Man In Question
3. Northcote - Counting Down The Days
4. Ben Marwood - They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea (Alternate Version)
5. Rob Lynch - My Friends and I
6. Billy the Kid - Yet
7. To Kill A King - Cold Skin
8. Algiers - Little Friction
9. Retrospective Soundtrack Players - Smart Girls For Talking, Morons For Dancing (Live) 
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - As Always
11. Mull Historical Society - Why Do They Go So Soon (Home Demo)
12. Beans On Toast - Sold Out Shows
13. Crazy Arm - Black Canyon
14. Jon Snodgrass - "Song For The Groom's Friend, the friend who is the actual guy conducting the ceremony” (Exclusive Version)
15. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats - A Beaten Drum (piano version, live at St Paul's Lifestyle)
16. Franz Nicolay & The Cut Ups - To Us, The Beautiful
17. Drag The River - Marooned
18. Sonic Boom Six - A Little Bit Of Reggae
19. Jamie Lenman - Shower of Scorn
20. Oxygen Thief - con.script.shun
21. Möngöl Hörde - Blistering Blue Barnacles

Side B - Unsigned

1. The Frankl Project - A Day At The Races
2. Failures’ Union - Hard To Sea
3. Kayleigh Goldsworthy - Tennessee
4. Quiet Quiet Band - Hunter's Moon
5. The Lion & the Wolf - Ghosts On Trinity
6. PJ Bond - I'm In A Bad Way
7. Spring Offensive - Speak 
8. Toucans – Welcome To Lovers House
9. CG Whitear - Tokyo Drizzle
10. International Departures - Give Me Something (XMR competition winners)
11. Sorren Maclean - Either Way (feat. Roddy Woomble)
12. Little Rob and The Mob - Oaths
13. Brunel - Score Sheet
14. Gasoline Heart - Love Let Her Go
15. Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture - The Redundancy Hymn
16. Emilyn Brodsky - Someone Belongs Here
17. Jonathan Coody - I Just Gotta Know
18. The Karma Party - World War
19. CeCe - These Four Walls
20. Strange Planes - Sharpen Your Teeth
21. Samoans - The Moth


In advance of the release of Cheap Girls' ear-pounding new album Famous Graves, Xtra Mile Recordings have launched a number of pre-order bundles for those keen and on-the-pulse.

Photo by Lance Nelson

Photo by Lance Nelson

Once described by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, who produced their third album Giant Orange, as "an authentic Midwestern rock band in the vein of The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Sugar and early Smoking Popes", Famous Graves really drives those comparisons home. Loud, with soaring melodies built on chiming and (over)driven guitars, punching the air ecstatically is the only acceptable reaction. Those who saw them on tour with Against Me! in March and The Hold Steady in April will attest to that.

Famous Graves can be pre-ordered from the Xtra Mile Recordings shop and is available on CD, coloured 12" vinyl, and as a download. To add to those already attractive standard options, check out the Xtra Mile-exclusive Cheap Girls t-shirt, and the vinyl & t-shirt or CD & t-shirt bundles too. What's more, the first 100 USA pre-orders will get an exceptional Cheap Girls beer koozie. 

You can feast your eyes on these treats below in our picture gallery.

Want more reasons to pre-order? Well, you can listen to three tracks from the record right now - Man In Question, Amazing Grace, and Knock Me Over.

In addition to all this album excitement, Cheap Girls will be supporting the stupendous Andrew Jackson Jihad in the US. Tour dates are below.


05 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
06 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
07 Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
08 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
09 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
12 Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
13 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
14 New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
16 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
17 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
18 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
19 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
21 Chicago, IL @ Green Music Festival
22 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird
23 Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory


Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls have shared a new track, ‘Man In Question’, off their upcoming fourth full-length Famous Graves.  Coinciding perfectly with the start of Cheap Girls' tour with The Hold Steady, 'Man In Question' also features guest vocals from Craig Finn.

Listen to 'Man In Question' which is getting its premier at Paste.

Cheap Girls pic.jpg

Famous Graves is slated for a 12 May 2014 release via Xtra Mile Recordings, and will be the label's first worldwide release. Digital pre-order for Famous Graves is now available.

BrooklynVegan recently shared exclusive photos from the album's recording sessions and spoke with singer/bassist Ian Graham about the new record, label and what 2014 has in-store for Cheap Girls. Read the interview and check out the photos.
If you haven't heard Cheap Girls yet, there's an excellent chance they're your favourite band's favourite band. Tapped to tour with everyone from The Gaslight Anthem to their recently completed run of dates with Against Me! and their tour with The Hold Steady that begins today, it's apparent that Cheap Girls fans carry some serious clout.

Tour Dates with The Hold Steady:

07 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
08 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom 
09 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre 
11 Albany, NY @ Hollow
12 Pawtucket, RI @ Met Cafe