Originally published online at BLUNT Magazine.
The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Cooking Vinyl Australia
4 / 5
If you missed Beach Slang’s EP compilation Broken Thrills earlier this year, you’ve made a huge mistake. Fortunately, you can correct this oversight by grabbing a copy of their debut record and enjoying one of modern punk’s best offerings.
The Philly four-piece are a band who wear their influences on their sleeves, existing somewhere between Jawbreaker’s emotional earnestness and The Replacements’ rawness; they sound familiar, but not predictable. It’s a lot of pained lyrics sung over energetic punk rock, the kind of songs you can’t help but scream along to while stomping your feet to the beat.
Frontman James Alex’s raspy vocals warm your body like a shot of whiskey and you feel every painful memory as he shouts lines like, “Get high enough to feel alive” on “Ride The Wild Haze”, or when he croons the emotional “Too Late To Die Young”. It’s an album that dwells a lot on messing up – be it bad mistakes, failed relationships or just simple hard times – but holds an optimistic view; although you might not be doing great right now, things will get better.
Beach Slang have been building a decent sized fanbase over the past couple of years, and here’s hoping The Things We Do… brings them the wider recognition they deserve.