Read this week’s Scene
for a full story about the new deal between Mad at the World Records and Cleveland’s Cheap Tragedies. The NYC label picked up the rights to the first full-length debut by the surprisingly sophisticated old-time hardcore band. Frontman Tony Erba tells Scene the disc will have songs about “topics such as cryptozoology, dead professional wrestlers, my unfortunate inability to commit suicide, the death of Cleveland, the state of the blue-collar worker in America, and my usual laments about women who can't fathom my awesomeness.” You know. The usual stuff.
For a taste of the Trads at their best, download their 2000 and 7 demo
. It includes “Going Going Gone (Vanishing Americana),” which takes a wistful look at the city’s disappearing Rustbelt pop-culture.
The band opens for Boulder on Saturday at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576). – D.X. Ferris