The Cheap Seats

The Cheap Seats


While 3 longtime pals sat atop the stadium watching the home team lose again, they pondered music today and from the cheap seats, The Cheap Seats were born! Feel-good melodies over driving rhythms, melding the vibe of the campfire with band that is a sure-fire hit!


Since the turn of this century, the entertainment industry has evolved into an age of fabricated & formulated music. Idols are born instantly and overnight successes manufactured . . . well, overnight. This notion may rule the airwaves right now but there is also music that is being made like it was in the last century. Three old friends getting together to take song ideas and mold them into finished pieces of feel-good music is the way music should be made! This is how the Cheap Seats came to be.

Individually, Marty Sobb (guitar, bass, organ & piano), Marc Charron (vocals, guitar) and Matt Sobb (drums, percussion) have distinct musical paths. Marc performs a nationally touring one-man band show that is not to be missed and is a founding member of Ottawa indie-rock band LURE. He also finds time to stage manage at festivals like the Canadian Tulip Festival and the Ottawa Bluesfest. The Cheap Seats is yet another important outlet for this constantly-creating songsmith. Marty Sobb is an energetic guitar-playing singer-songwriter who fronted his own bluesy-rock touring band for over 10 years and now also focuses on developing his career as an engineer/producer based in Ottawa as well as instructing audio recording. Matt Sobb is a busy Ottawa-based freelance drummer who plays regularly with The Tony D Band, Loudlove and anyone else who calls!

Collectively, these paths have merged into the Cheap Seats . . . sitting atop the stadium just taking it all in from a common perspective and pumping it out with youthful enthusiasm.

Initially, the 3 Ms came together to supply songs for the students of The Audio Recording Academy at Raven St. Studios in Ottawa in the fall of 2003. Three years later, the guys realized that they couldn’t deny the musical chemistry or quality of material that they had amassed and have decided to take it to a new level. The result is “The Guinea Pig Sessions” due out in the spring of 2006. This recording is a group of songs created in a grassroots way that exemplifies rootsy-rock that takes listeners to different places lyrically but always returns them feeling refreshed and wanting more! These songs will make you reminisce, & tune out while you tap, shake and groove without even noticing you’re doing it! Imagine Neil Young and John Lennon strumming & singing by the fire as Jimi Hendrix throws a gallon of gasoline on top! The Cheap Seats will unleash their Canadian brand of rock’n’roots live to the world in 2006 . . .

Go ahead; check it out from the Cheap Seats . . .


The Guinea Pig Sessions Vol.1
(due out Spring 2006)

Set List

90 min. long . . . all original songs + 1 or 2 diverse but very recognizable covers . . .