The US acoustic-rock project Quiet Slang released the LP Everything Matters But No One Is Listening on the 18th.
Beach Slang – photo credit @haveyoumetian
You may be pondering – well if the title of the track includes the name Beach Slang and the reference to the musical act in the article is Quiet Slang there is quite evidently something wrong here. To clarify – Quiet Slang and Beach Slang are both vehicles for James Alex, releasing music under the main vehicle name, which is a garage-rock outfit the other is acoustic led and bracketed in release titles but playing live as the alternative project name.
The penultimate track on the album (which is available on bandcamp) is Throwaways.
From Philadelphia in the USA come James Alex (Vocal / Guitar), Ed McNulty (Bass), J.P. Flexner (Drums) and Ruben Gallego (Guitar) who form the alt-rock band Beach Slang.
With music that stretches across, garage, surf and rock ‘n’ roll, Beach Slang is a high energy outfit with much to offer to the world of music and it is of little surprise they have a heavy touring calendar. It is with some pleasure for those of us who haven’t had the opportunity to catch them in live performance that they managed to find some time to head to the studio and release their début LP, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, which came out at the end of last month.
Whilst you can feel the walls rattling as the quartet erupt from the speakers, Beach Slang are able to harness that energy and deliver compositions which contain plenty of creativity. As much as the fuzzy guitars saw through walls, they are equally able to deliver soft touches of melody. The obstreperous bass can also calm to a sonorous flick of shading and the percussion which can remind of a wild axeman charging into battle, it too can settle to gentle rhythm and the expressive vocal handles each iteration with sympathetic context.
Thinking about the vocal, I don’t often feature two tracks by a band, unless the article is a full release review, but on this occasion it is more than appropriate. From their repertoire of songs released over the past couple of years is an outstanding example of both the immense quality of musicianship, (I have to add atypical of their material) within Beach Slang, featuring piano, violin and acoustic guitar – Too Late To Die Young is a song that makes you glad you are too old to die young with the vocal being given its most expressive run out of the catalogue and the husky voice can’t but move your heart in sympathy.
As an example of their more typical sound a video for Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas recently surfaced. Both songs appear on The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us – an album that demands being added to the collection.
I look forward to hearing much more of Beach Slang.