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Letting it bleed, sweet-hearted heckling and dropping trou in Austin – it’s EP015 with Beach Slang!
Beach Slang came to life when frontman James Alex (formerly of Weston) decided to remove the proverbial cap from his songwriting and just let it pour out.
“Rock ’n’ roll for me is a holy thing… Don’t make it a separatist state. It’s important for us to make sure those doors stay open with a flashing neon sign that says, ‘You’re welcome here.’”
The resulting tales of redemption, catharsis and hope for the hopeless were inspired by the lives of himself and his friends in his hometown of Philadelphia, but immediately struck a chord with listeners the world over who found themselves seeking a second chance.
Their first album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us arrived in 2015 and received endorsements not just from the expected punk press, but also the likes of Rolling Stone and The Guardian.
Since then the band have been on the road and Matt caught up with them ahead of their show at Manchester’s Deaf Institute to talk redemption, LP2 and what to do when Bob Mould likes your style.
Beach Slang's debut album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us is out now on Polyvinyl.