First full-length album from Beach Slang, building off the success of a bunch of singles. Summer-tinged punk-pop indie-rock is the name of the game, the overlaid and oversaturated photography on the sleeve maybe giving a clue to the bright blastedness of the music. The Things We Do To Find People Like Us is on Big Scary Monsters.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 October 2015
I keep seeing the name Beach Slang about but I keep confusing them with Beach Fossils/House/Boys/Menace/Baby/Day etc. Bands love their beaches.
I was very surprised to find out that from opening track ‘Throwaways’ they sound a little like Husker Du. They have that thing of contrasting gritty, tuneful melodies with a vocalist who sounds like he’s gargled and entire skip of gravel. It sits on the right side of the great punk pop divide, with Green Day on the wrong side and the Replacements on the correct side. In fact ‘Noisy Heaven’ sounds just like the latter with excellent slack jawed melodies - there’s something of Westerberg’s pop nous in frontman James Alex’s songs. Those who can’t wait another month for the inevitable Husker Du reunion are guided towards ‘Ride the Wild Haze’ which jus pure ‘New Day Rising’.
I think this record could appeal to a wide variety of people, it’s energy and its lyrics (“I’m a misfit kid”, “Get really high, stay up for days”) will ensnare the angry punk teenager but the melodies are classic enough to appeal to people old enough to remember when the Lemonheads were punks.
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