You know that guy who comments “first” on every single article on the internet? That guy sucks and no one likes him. He has no friends and contributes nothing to society. But when it comes to Philly’s Beach Slang, we can’t help but identify with First Guy. See, way back in April, we got wind that James Snyder of Weston fame was working on a new project and when we heard their then just-released EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, it was love at first listen. We were proudly the first to post the EP and heaped a butt-ton of praise on it, calling it “the summer EP to end all summer EPs” (because it is). Soon after, our friends and fellow appreciators of killer summer jams over at places like Pitchfork, BrooklynVegan, and The AV Club also publicly declared their immediate love of the Slang. The band soon found themselves with a fanbase, a booking agent, and a label home at Tiny Engines before they even played a single show.
So it’s not inaccurate to call Beach Slang a “buzz band” given how quickly they caught fire and became media darlings. But unlike many buzz bands, Beach Slang really does live up to the hype. You don’t have to be a Weston nostalgist to appreciate them (although it doesn’t hurt). There are plenty of other familiar influences to go around in their sound—with subtle hints at Jawbreaker, the Replacements, and even early Goo Goo Dolls.
Now, Beach Slang are keeping the ball rolling with a follow-up EP, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street and it’s another four songs of the same rapidly infectious heart-on-sleeve rock and fucking roll. Snyder sure knows how to craft an anthemic lyric when he whisper-shouts, "It's Friday night and I'm in the basement/ Screaming out my lungs with my best friends!/ I hope when I die/ I feel this alive!" It’s just enough to hold you over as the band readies the release of their much anticipated debut full-length. With the excitement built around it, we’re just going to go ahead and say it: Beach Slang is the best new band of the year. And we’re not afraid to call “first” on that.
Listen to a song from Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street called “American Girls and French Kisses” below. Pre-order the EP (out on October 28) from Tiny Engines right here.
Beach Slang is also doing a run of shows with Modern Baseball, including a free one that Noisey is putting on tomorrow night at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Get there early because it’s gonna fill up fast.
SEP 05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar w/ Modern Baseball
SEP 06 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 07 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 08 - Montreal, QC @ Le Petit Olympia w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 09 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 10 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 11 - Detroit, MI @ The Shelter w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 12 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
OCT 31 - NOV 02: Gainesville, FL (The Fest)