Featuring James Alex (vocals), who was the frontman of pop-punk act Weston, JP Flexner (drums) and Ed McNulty (bass) who are members of Ex-Friends and Cry Baby and Ruben Gallego, the Philadelphia-PA based quartet Beach Slang is comprised of a number of that city’s music scene veterans. The quartet received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere last year after the release of two 7 inch singles “Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street” and “Who Would Ever Want Something So Broken?” – and the band managed to do so without the machinations of a label, marketing department or a publicity team. (Granted, it helps that the quartet has a contemporary and very slick punk pop sound, complete with infectiously catchy hooks.
This year may be the band’s breakout yet as they’ve spent the bulk of this month recording material that will appear on a forthcoming effort that their new label Polyvinyl will be releasing. And they’re about to embark on a lengthy touring schedule that will include the Gigawatts Festival in Brooklyn later this month; Pygmalion Festival in Urbana, IL; Riot Fest in Denver, CO and Chicago; and Fest in Gainesville, FL.
Earlier this year, the members of Beach Slang took a brief break while touring with Cursive to record a cover of one of my favorite Psychedelic Furs songs “Love My Way.” The quartet’s cover is fairly straightforward but it manages to subtly modernize the song as their cover has a slicker studio sheen than its original; however, it also should remind the listener that a great song can be timeless and sound as though it could have been released today as it it was in its time.