Beach Slang are a band who have garnered a lot of attention considering
that they've only released two 7-inches, 2014's 'Cheap Thrills On A Dead
End Street' and its companion 'Who Would Ever Want Something So Broken?'
Refreshingly this Philadelphia-based act have built their hype the old-fashioned way, without any gimmicks or marketing teams, which makes sense when you consider that frontman and writer James Alex cut his teeth in the Pennsylvania pop-punk act Weston while drummer JP Flexner and bassist Ed McNulty also play in buzzed about projects such as Ex-Friends and Crybaby. However there's something indefinable about Beach Slang's music that evokes the spirit of punk and juxtaposes it into something that's as brutally honest as it is infectiously catchy.
"When this whole thing started it was like, 'Alright, i'm going to get to hear my sappy little songs played loud and interact with other human beings again,'" the admittedly shy Alex says looking back on Beach Slang's existence. "Then one day this really sweet explosion happened and Beach Slang became a thing that mattered to people." As anyone who has seen Beach Slang live can attest, it matters to people a lot including the group's peers like Cursive who hand-selected Beach Slang to open for them on their upcoming headlining tour. "I used to skate with this really sweet girl who would refer to the way I spoke as 'beach slang' and I've never shaken that off," Alex continues. "The really soft parts of your childhood, I suppose, have a way of sticking around. I like that."
That feeling of youth and vulnerability also lie at the core of Beach
Slang's music, which is part punk, part pop and all catharsis. It
references the ghosts of The Replacements but keeps one foot firmly
rooted in the present. It's fun and it's serious. It's sad but it isn't.
It's Beach Slang. Enjoy it and look out for the band's debut full-length later this year because they're still just getting started.
29 Jan, 2017
A 4-Star review for Beach Slang's recent gig at the Glasgow Mono, in Guardian Music.
08 Nov, 2016
Beach Slang have announced their re-scheduled European tour dates for January & February 2017.
See artist page for full details.
30 Aug, 2016
Beach Slang will tour the UK & Europe again, throughout November 2016, see their artist page for full details.
20 Aug, 2016
Beach Slang are featured in Guardian Music. 'A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings' is out on 23rd September and Beach Slang tour the UK from 22nd August.
31 Mar, 2016
James Alex from Beach Slang is the subject of a short documentary on NPR entitled 'Portrait Of A Punk Who Never Grew Up'.
27 Jan, 2016
4 Star live review for Beach Slang, for their gig at the Hug & Pint in Glasgow, last Friday. The band are currently on tour in Europe until mid-February, see their artist page for details.
18 Dec, 2015
Philadelphia combo Beach Slang's album 'The Things We Do To Find People Like Us' gets a 4 Star retrospective review in Guardian Music.
26 Nov, 2015
Beach Slang have been named as Noisey's 'Artists of the Year' 2015.
They tour Europe throughout January & February, see their artist page for details.
28 Oct, 2015
Beach Slang's new album 'The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us' is SPIN's 'Album Of The Week'.