Beach Slang haven’t taken a breath since James Alex created the band in 2013 following the break-up of his old band, Weston. With their debut album ‘The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us’ out just less than a year ago, ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’ continues on the same themes and sounds that the Philadelphia band introduced during their inception; punk infused, heart on your sleeve, honest music perfect to lose yourself in.
From an uneducated or uninterested listen, Beach Slang can sound pretty one dimensional, but after repeat listens you can really experience each song as its unique piece of work. ‘Wasted Daze Of Youth’ has a Moose Blood emo feel to it that Alex‘s growly voice excels over in the same way that Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) emits emotion through his, whereas ‘Atom Bomb’ holds some pace as a punk rock designed for a singalong as opposed to a contemplative insight to the lyrical life of the singer.
Album opener ‘Future Mixtape For The Art Kids’ has a gruff and deep sound that extends to a voice change to ensure the listener is filled with sombre ambience from the beginning, yet when you delve far enough in and ‘Punks In A Disco Bar’ arrives, the guitar hook could be an 80s glam rock riff which fits the upbeat track perfectly.
This is teenage angst made from a mature, grown-up mindset – adolescence for fortysomethings, and it’s wonderful, earnest, and perfect to warm up the room on a stormy, cold night. These songs are the fire in your cold heart; they’re here to fill the gap left by something that you didn’t know had gone. Beach Slang manage to make you happy and sad all at the same time, and it’s a winning combination that will see them steal fans all over the world.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)