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Album Review: A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings by Beach Slang

Philadelphia’s Beach Slang release their second album, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings via Big Scary Monsters on 23rd September. It’d be a bit of an understatement to say there’s big expectations of Beach Slang with this album. Last year’s debut The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us propelled the band into the punk mainstream, making them one of the essential bands of 2015. Releasing a follow up less than a year on certainly is striking when the iron’s hot.

According the band they don’t feel the pressure, frontman James Alex says, “What I did feel was a sense of responsibility to the kids who told me they were finding something in our music that brought them back from a bad place, the ones who were getting Beach Slang tattoos and quoting lyrics to me after the shows.  I don’t want to let those people down.  As a 20-year-old, I thought, hey, let’s all have fun, we’re gonna live forever.  You don’t really see the finish line.  Now it’s more like, am I leaving behind work that’s going to matter?  What’s this going to say about me when I run out of air, and my son is listening to these records and tapes that I left behind.  Is he going to say, “Yeah, my dad was all right”?  These days I feel like I’m responsible for things bigger than myself.  And I want to do right by them.”

A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings will appease many of those kids but you also feel it’ll bring Beach Slang a whole ream of new fans too. There’s something a little more refined and adult about the band this time around. They’ve honed their ability to write a catchy pop rock song and perhaps toned it down a little on the punk side of things. This time it’s more accessible, more immediate and a little easier to get on board with.

In a similar vein to their debut, it’s a little too short – 10 tracks coming in just over 30 minutes. There’s moments that make you stand up and take notice and others where you need to check that the album didn’t skip and that actually was the end of the track. ‘Atom Bomb’ is just too short, it has the potential to be a great track but just disappears and you wish ‘Wasted Daze of Youth’ could be a minute longer.

Then again, Beach Slang nail it with the brilliant ‘Hot Tramps’ with its disaffected punk swagger with lashings of pop harmonies. You can’t fault the track; it sees the band at their strongest – marring the punk swagger with the pop sensibilities. ‘Punks in a Disco Bar’ raises a smile, while ‘Young Hearts’ will surely develop into an anthem for the band. ‘The Perfect High’ is an excellent rock song, it channels 00s indie rock with lashings of American Emo Punk bands like Title Fight and Turnover.

A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings may just be the album that pushes Beach Slang into the rock mainstream. Their debut may have seen them become a standout act in the punk sphere, this will put them at the fore of the rock mainstream. This is a band than only goes from strength to strength.

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