Beach Slang Punches Us in the Heart

Considering Beach Slang’s most recent album is titled A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, it was initially jarring to see 41-year old lead singer James Alex take the stage at The Sinclair.  Dressed in a velvet jacket with a heart patch stitched on and a pale blue ruffled shirt, Alex looked more like a wedding singer from the 80s than frontman of a punk rock band.  The crowd, however, did not seem surprised.  A range of people from fellow college students to middle-aged couples shouted along to their first song, many yelling “I saw you in New York” or “I met you guys at Riot Fest.”  For a band unable to pack The Sinclair, the modest group of fans seemed to be an especially dedicated one.

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After declaring “We are Beach Slang from Philadelphia and we are here to punch you in the heart,” the band launched into their best known song, “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas.”  The whole crowd was jumping and shouting along.  Once the song ended, people started yelling song requests, to which Alex said “Okay, the setlist is just a guideline anyway” and abandoned it in favor of the crowd’s suggestions, playing covers of The Replacements and The Pixies, bringing out a fan and their stage manager to sing with them, and chugging pink cocktails without using handsand twice spitting them at each other.

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By the end of the show, Alex’s curls were matted to his face with sweat from doing backbends that would put a gymnast to shame and windmilling his guitar.  They performed “Dirty Cigarettes,” off their 2014 EP Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street, which proved to be a fan favorite, getting everyone moving and singing along.  The opening lyrics are perhaps the best way to encapsulate Beach Slang’s carefree, drunken set: “I write a lot, it’s mostly lies / I fall in love to pass the time / I never fit, I never tried.”

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