In a world wiped clean by mainstream media or presented as rosy and quirky by an endless diet of American TV series, ‘The Cheap Part of Town’ gets to the heart of what it means to be British and forgotten at a time in history when it’s all too common to be both.
When Louis Rive started really listening to the characters that reside in pubs, nightclubs, bookies and bus shelters, in which he spent the majority of his time, he decided to document their stories in song. Following on from traditional bards such as Michael Marra and Hamish Imlach, as well as drawing inspiration from storytellers like Tom Waits and Lou Reed, Louis captures the trials and tribulations of a group that often goes unnoticed.
‘With his punk attitude it is all about the losers, the hopeless, the down and outs. It might not be glamorous, but it is authentic.’
Mike Camp,