Cheap Suits Get the Brass Taps Dancing

Monday, October 16, 2006

Written by Ann Westbere

On Wednesday October 4, 2006 the Toronto ska band, Cheap Suits had the syncopated ska upbeat of the guitar and drums being felt throughout the Brass Taps and University Centre.

The Cheap Suits began in 1998 in Dave the guitarist’s basement, and have evolved to a well-crafted professional ska band. The band consists of Chris “Fatty” Collins on vox and keys, Dave Iogna on guitar and vox, Jean-Marc Pineau on guitar and back-up vox, Erik Olaveson on bass, and Mike “Foo” Indovina on drums and back-up vox. Their punk/ska sound that encapsulates the essence of Third Wave Ska (a blend of ska that originated in the early 90's) had the crowd dancing for almost every tune.

They started the night off with a bang playing tunes from their most recent album, that included “Ska Saves” and “Perfect Girl.” Throughout two sets of twelve songs they covered tunes from all four albums including “Lead Singer” which has a music video on the band’s myspace website.

Their recent tour from the East to West coasts this summer was to promote their newest album One Giant Leap which is available in most music stores. Their previous albums include Canadian Idles (2003), Lookin’ For A Deal (2000), and Sorry, No Refunds (1999). All of the albums have been produced without the assistance of a record label.

When talking with Dave, Jean-Marc, Mike, and Chris before their set, Dave made an ideal quote regarding the recent break-up of many good ska bands. “Bands splitting up are like Gremlins, you spray them with water they multiply – just like ska bands, the individuals go on to do more bands/projects.” But they quickly noted that they are nowhere near breaking up, and they are looking forward to playing with all of the new bands.

Overall the night was filled with two-tone, upbeat, stellar songs by the Cheap Suits. It is too bad there were a lack of people. Next time there is a ska show, come check it out, you’ll probably enjoy it!

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