Beach Slang are one of those bands you’d expect to have lived their heyday in 2005 then disappeared in to the oblivion with the rest of the scratchy-vocals-and-bleeding-hearts bands, but alas, the Philadelphia rockers formed in 2013 and ever since then they’ve been proving there’s no better time or place than the present for such style and sound. Some would consider the material Beach Slang put out rather dated, but for the most part they’ve managed to find success. The band released their debut album The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us last year, which went on to receive several coveted accolades such as #15 in Noisey’s Top 50 Albums of 2015. Now gearing up to release their sophomore record, Beach Slang are yet again set to take the scene by storm.
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is aptly named, as the record offers an endless yet still somehow remarkable parade of angst and heartbreak. It opens with ‘Future Mixtape For All The Art Kids’, a scene setting track that packs a punch and demands the listener’s full attention. Lead singer James Alex is more than capable of drawing in his audiences regardless of whether its live or on record, something he proves in this first offering alone. ‘Atom Bomb’ follows on, punk rock personified in a bite that falls a second short of two minutes. There’s no fancy frills or complicated techniques— just brash, in your face rock and roll.
‘Punks In A Disco Bar’ was released as a single and deservedly so. It’s one of the more radio-friendly offerings, focusing on catchy melodies to match its intelligent lyrics. ‘Wasted Daze of Youth’ is pretty similar in that respect, treading no new ground in terms of revolutionary approaches but there is no need to. The trio have evidently found their sound; its the one that’s given them such unexpected but rightful success.
Beach Slang are highly spirited albeit a little rough around the edges, but it’s something that works for them in a way it simply wouldn’t for others. Every track is raw with both emotion and talent, as Alex and his comrades are clearly putting their all in throughout. For a band that allegedly split on stage back in April, some fans may not have expected this album to see the light of day. The fact that is has is only one of the reasons it’s so fantastic, with the solidity of the material only serving as icing on top of an incredibly crafted cake.