The Cheap Bad Habits

2011-09-14 00:00

The Cheap Bad Habits, performing at the Red Door on Friday.

Rock n’ Roll Blues

The Cheap Bad Habits aint nothin’ but a low-down, dirty, rock n’ roll blues band. Hailing from the rich muddy waters of the Durban delta, is a band is hell-bent on delivering their own a rare blend of outlaw blues, and classic high-voltage rock n’ roll.


An exciting fourpiece, The Cheap Bad Habits are engaged in crafting memorable songs featuring: catchy riffs, thunder-God drums, elastic bass-lines, dueling lead guitars, and all-out-attitude. With a sound inspired by classic blues-based hard rock acts such as: AC/DC, Led Zepplin and the Rolling Stones; and comparable to cult-contemporary acts like the White Stripes and the Black Keys; The Cheap Bad Habits are old school, new cool.


Formed in 2010, the band has a bustling catalogue of rollicking original material and a plethora of high profile gigs under their belt, sharing the stage with the likes of South African rockers Shadowclub (JHB), the One Night Stands (JHB; )the Carniwhores (JHB), the Otherwise (DBN), Avade (DBN), Steve Fataar (DBN) and Sibling Rivalry (DBN); as well as local blues stalwarts Bobby and the Dynamites, Will’s Blues Band and the East Coast Basement Blues Band.

The band’s lineup includes former members of the hugely popular The Otherwise, Kissed By Katie and acoustic rock acts Clockstruck June and the Lost Dogs.

Band News

This Year The Cheap Bad Habits have taken part in a number of successful large-scale events including:

• The Durban International Blues Festival: This illustrious festival caters to blues aficionados hosting top class musicians local and abroad, including; Dan Patlansky; Boulevard Blues; Bobby and the Dynamites; The Gloucester Blues Project; The Jack Rabbit Slims; Tim Well’s Band; Diamondback Blues Band; Raoul & Black Friday and Liz Mandeville, and is in its 7th year of operation. The Cheap Bad Habits were proud to be a part of this festival which aims to make Durban the blues capital of South Africa.

• Spog Weni Flem Music Festival: This fresh new festival is held just outside Ballito, taking place over a lazy four-day long weekend in early October.

Hosting over 30 top local acts including; John Ellis, Steve Fataar and Toni Rowland providing the musical backdrop to this suitably laid-back fest.

• Riot Fest Durban: This bi-annual charity event (SPCA Durban) caters to ages 14 and over featuring up to 8 hard rocking acts that has seen performances by The Otherwise, Contrast the Water and Lowprofile. The Cheap Bad Habits have taken part in both of these well supported events and were happy to help raise over R10 000 for this very worthy cause.

The Cheap Bad Habits have also been lucky enough to gain some exposure in the press lately, with photos and features appearing in the Sunday Tribune’s Sunday Magazine, The Mercury, the Berea Mail and the Northglen News.

The Band also received a very favourable review of a recent Unit 11 showcase gig in Durban Is Yours, a highly regarded local blogging initiative documenting Durban’s vibrant creative nightlife.

Also in August, The Cheap Bad Habits were interviewed and given a prominent feature in online ‘zine FanBase Magazine.

Lately the band has been busy recording a handful of new tracks with talented Durban producer UV Ray who has lent his incredible talent to projects such as Silverbaq, The Otherwise’s “She Doesn’t Care She Wants to Dance” album and The Empee Threes.

The band has also recorded with Dale Wardell of Habit To at his well-appointed Westville studio The Audio Suite.

The tracks are being released in the form of a self-titled EP with cover-art designed by Byron Dunwoody of BWerkz designs. A full-length album is set to follow shortly.

As far as radio play goes, The Cheap Bad Habits have yet to launch their campaign on college and commercial readio, but have received some airplay on some online streaming stations, most notably on ZoneRadio’s Monday night “Blues Zone”.

Interestingly, The Cheap Bad Habits have forged a unique relationship with photographer Sarah Jane of 35mm Shootout Photography, posting an online photo journal of the band’s exploits and escapades. You can browse the regularly updated journal on Facebook at either 35mm Shootout or The Cheap Bad Habits’ facebook page.

You can follow The Cheap Bad Habits and receive updates about gigs, news and releases by visiting them on Facebook and “liking” the page:


For bookings or additional information call: Jed Coventry on 084 50 444 38 (

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