The Cheap Suits were born in a basement in Scarborough, Ontario. What started as a one off performance for their high school talent night has turned into a promising career for these young upstarts. Five years into their young career, the band has found its footing and sound and is ready to roll with their catchy blend of pop, punk, ska and soul.
Last year, the band put together their first official full-length album. With two very D.I.Y. recordings under their belt, the Suits decided to do it right this time. After sending off demos to King Kong Girio (Flashlight Brown, Planet Smashers, Kingpins) and receiving a positive response, a new partnership was born. Recording started in May of 2002 with sessions being squeezed in whenever time permitted. Almost a year later, the record was ready to go. A blend of brand new and re-vamped songs, the album can accurately be described as the record that took five years to make.
What sets Cheap Suits apart from other bands are their energetic live sets. They have enjoyed memorable shows playing with such heavy hitters as ska legends The Slackers and Reel Big Fish, punk rock stars The Suicide Machines, The Living End and Not By Choice, and icons Teenage Head and Dayglo Abortions. Their energy and hard work has been winning new fans at every show.
Through consistent touring, an entertaining website at www.cheapsuits.ca, airplay on campus radio and Toronto's alternative radio mainstay Edge102 and good old word of mouth, the Suits have seen their fan-base increase steadily over the past two years. The word is out: Cheap Suits are here to stay.
Members of the Band:
· Chris Collins - Vocals
· Dave Iogna - Guitar
· Jean-Marc Pineau - Guitar
· Erik Olaveson - Bass
· Mike Indovina - Drums
Here's what people are saying about Cheap Suits:
"A soulful kind of ska band, they take more influence from James Brown, or Wilson Pickett than Op Ivy".
Keith Carman - Chart Attack
"Cheap Suits possess an un-affected passion for the power that is rock n' roll music!"
Dave Bookman - Edge 102, Host of The Indie Hour
"They could probably put on a good show no matter where they played - from on top of cardboard boxes for prison inmates to the EDGEfest mainstage".
Jon Bruhm - Chart Attack
"The Cheap Suits are a hard working, earnest bunch of young men and I would be happy to host their fresh faced version of ska-punk-frat rock in our bars any time.
Ewan Exall - Talent Buyer, Against The Grain Concerts.