Beach Slang

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I caught wind of Beach Slang late last year when rabbit holing on bandcamp, and I filed them away in my brain with a note to follow up later. In the spring, I did, and I got deep, deep, deep into their two eps that were available at the time. Now that the album has arrived, they're a full-blown obsession.

Beach Slang writes one kind of song. You're either into it or you're not. I guess it depends not only on how much you like Paul Westerberg and all the hallmarks of a Paul Westerberg song, but how much you tolerate the way Goo Goo Dolls took the Paul Westerberg songwriting blueprint and made a career out of it. Beach Slang falls somewhere in the middle of all this. They're a lot more scuzzy and raw than the GGD are on any of their post-Metal Blade albums, but they DON'T. EVER. DEVIATE. from the formula. Those ringing open chords and the way the vocal melodies play off of them, the cadence with which they're sung, it's all a very SINGULAR approach. Between 2 eps and 1 lp, they're recorded basically one song 18 different ways. But I LOVE IT. What's wrong with me?!

Anyway, yeah. Beach Slang. They are good.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 15 November 2015 08:34 (five years ago) link

Totally agree, and I'm looking forward to seeing them next weekend. I only have the LP -- my friend has been buggin' me to get the EPs.

BlackIronPrison, Sunday, 15 November 2015 15:08 (five years ago) link

Don't forget the shoegaze worship, particularly Ride and Swervedriver.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 15 November 2015 15:10 (five years ago) link

my friend has been buggin' me to get the EPs

You should at least get the second one, because "All Fuzzed Out" is the best song they have.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 15 November 2015 15:24 (five years ago) link

Don't forget the shoegaze worship, particularly Ride and Swervedriver.

Can't say I hear that in there at all, but if people do then that's cool.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 15 November 2015 15:27 (five years ago) link

they covered ride on a cassette this year.

anyway it's great to see this band liberated from the rolling emo thread. they're pretty special / a long-awaited rehabilitation of early goo goo dolls

Got the album today and really like it. Definitely hearing little shoegaze touches. Pretty standard for me to have a late-year "punk" record I get really excited about...then barely listen to months later. This may be 2015's.

michaellambert, Monday, 23 November 2015 14:40 (five years ago) link

The more I listen to this, the more I like it.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 23 November 2015 16:10 (five years ago) link

Saw these guys Saturday and they were awesome. 'Mats and Jawbreaker covers at end of set were fun and fitting.

BlackIronPrison, Monday, 23 November 2015 17:04 (five years ago) link

Can't say I hear that in there at all, but if people do then that's cool.

Give a close relisten to the second song on the album. TOTAL Ride moves happening, not a direct carbon copy but they know what they're doing. And as noted, they covered them separately already.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 November 2015 17:06 (five years ago) link

Strong Buffalo Tom vibes on "Hard Luck Kid". Fine by me.

michaellambert, Monday, 23 November 2015 18:59 (five years ago) link

I love this! It's not all that surprising since I really liked Weston years and years ago and if I'm not mistaken that was the lead singer's old band.

Have a ticket to the show here later this week.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 23 November 2015 20:10 (five years ago) link

I never really listened to Weston that much, but maybe I should?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 28 November 2015 03:10 (five years ago) link

Got Beat Up is just a really solid pop punk album.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Saturday, 28 November 2015 11:54 (five years ago) link

btw I fell asleep and missed the show (lol winter/old/getting up at 5 sucks) but heard from a friend that it was fantastic and they did like 4 replacement songs and the whole place was singing along

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Saturday, 28 November 2015 11:55 (five years ago) link

Heh let's hear it for being old!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 28 November 2015 13:18 (five years ago) link

Man, this album is a joy.

Fetty Wap Is Strong In Here (cryptosicko), Sunday, 29 November 2015 02:24 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

A negative review from the appropriately named Adam Downer:

Fetty Wap Is Strong In Here (cryptosicko), Monday, 14 December 2015 04:53 (five years ago) link

lol @ cokemachineglow for even still existing.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 14 December 2015 04:55 (five years ago) link

Assuming it stays alive just to accommodate the few readers who are genuinely disgusted that P4k would review a Bieber record.

Fetty Wap Is Strong In Here (cryptosicko), Monday, 14 December 2015 05:07 (five years ago) link

This review sounds kind of right to be honest. I still love the record though, so you know, whatever, I guess.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Monday, 14 December 2015 15:24 (five years ago) link

that review pretty much encapsulates my thoughts when I heard this record. i was thinking you could make a drinking game with triggers being the words "feel" "alive" and "drunk" and boy would you be drunk!

basically there are records that make you feel alive and the ones that just blather about it.

rip van wanko, Monday, 14 December 2015 15:41 (five years ago) link

yeah, it's a bit one-note, with songs sounding similar to each other, but damn does this song hit me hard

F♯ A♯ (∞), Thursday, 17 December 2015 22:25 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

Damn, there's a new album coming in September!

It's so weird that a band releasing albums in consecutive calendar years seems like a weird thing when it used to be standard (if not more than one per year).

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 14 July 2016 16:03 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

New video for first, "Bastards of Young"-soundalike single "Punks in a Disco Bar"

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Thursday, 4 August 2016 16:53 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

The first Beach Slang song I've heard that doesn't immediately strike me as Replacements/Goo Goo Dolls mimicry (I say that with respect, because I love Beach Slang).

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 23:06 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Loving "Spin the Dial" from the new album.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Friday, 23 September 2016 14:19 (four years ago) link

Listening to it now. Is this band going down the Archers of Loaf career path, where the singer's voice gets more shredded-to-hell on each album?

Good jams, tho!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 24 September 2016 03:39 (four years ago) link

wow i hate this

Immediate Follower (NA), Monday, 26 September 2016 15:16 (four years ago) link

they sound exactly like something you'd find in the sam goody cutout bin in 1999

Immediate Follower (NA), Monday, 26 September 2016 15:17 (four years ago) link

I would have been perfectly thrilled to find this record in a cutout bin in 1999.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 26 September 2016 19:19 (four years ago) link

making this record once was cute and kind of ok, i really don't know about making this record twice.

call all destroyer, Monday, 26 September 2016 23:52 (four years ago) link

didn't this band breakup on stage over the summer? don't dig their music but one of the members came into our store and bought a bunch of gear a couple weeks ago, nice guy

flappy bird, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 11:49 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"For us, Beach Slang has always been and will always be a safe place for everyone. It was built to be welcoming. It was built to be soft. If we are going to continue to exist, we have to exist in this way.

There have been allegations involving sexual assault and our guitarist, Ruben. Although this occurred four years ago and prior to him joining Beach Slang, we cannot in good conscience continue with him. We believe survivors and we want to believe Ruben, but until we learn more information, we don't feel it's appropriate for him to be a part of Beach Slang.

We strongly support survivors and organizations such as and we encourage you to use their resources if you need help. We will be making a donation to RAINN at the conclusion of this tour to do our part in helping to ensure these resources are there for those who need it.

Given the timing of this, our only option is to play as Quiet Slang (James solo acoustic). I mean, giving up never seems to fix things. Maybe today, we can start putting some stuff back together. The Bleached Slang tour starts tonight in Washington, DC. Maybe that's a good place to start.

Keep each other safe,
Beach Slang"

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 11 October 2016 19:06 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

New covers EP announced:

"Bored Teenagers" - The Adverts
"Wembley" - The Candyskins
"Nothing Can Change You" - Tommy Keene
"Sometimes Always" - The Jesus & Mary Chain
"Roadrunner" - The Modern Lovers

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:43 (four years ago) link

Candyskins is a pretty deep dig. Good job, BS guy!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 12 January 2017 00:25 (four years ago) link

Yeah that was definitely a random surprise.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 January 2017 04:30 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Following Tommy Keene's death late last year, their cover of Nothing Can Change You has come to be even more meaningful to me than it was already.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:49 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I love this band, but the new album is basically hair metal.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 10 January 2020 18:43 (one year ago) link

yeah it ain't great

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Friday, 10 January 2020 19:49 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

So, uh, yeah. With everything else going on in the world right now, hadn't caught up on the James Alex stuff until today. Turns out he's an (alleged) abusive asshole too.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 11 January 2021 22:41 (one week ago) link

Everything about this sucks.

Langdon Alger Stole the Highlights (cryptosicko), Monday, 11 January 2021 22:45 (one week ago) link

That said--and perhaps I should have just said this instead--I really hope that both Charlie Lowe and James Alex get the help they need.

Langdon Alger Stole the Highlights (cryptosicko), Monday, 11 January 2021 22:54 (one week ago) link

i know a few people who have spent time around james alex, and i bet this is all very true

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 00:10 (one week ago) link

it sucks that he was hospitalized but the statement his family put out... also sucks

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 00:12 (one week ago) link

yeah just very bad all around

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 00:14 (one week ago) link

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