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A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Big Scary Monsters
Release date: September 23, 2016
Philadelphia quartet Beach Slang set the bar high with the release of last year’s The Things We Do ToFind People Who Feel Like Us. Their debut full length was full of the kind of punk informed rock n’ roll that made the Goo Goo Dolls’ Superstar Car Wash and A Boy Named Goo so damn catchy. It’s an updated take on the formula laid down by the Replacements – a band who refused to conform to any formula. The mix of punk energy with intelligent, heart on your sleeve lyrics falls somewhere between emo and gritty underground rock. Much to my joy the band’s follow up, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, stays the course to offer another round of well-crafted songs.
Vocalist James Adam is out to incite an introspective rebellion. As soon as lyrics begin to flow on opening track “Mixtape For the Future Art Kids” he declares war on giving up and living a dull life. “We’re not lost, we are dying inside. We’re not f*cked, we are f*cking alive” he proclaims over the ebb and flow of guitars that hold back only to explode at the right moment, punchy bass and solid drumming. Similar in feel to Jawbreaker’s “Save Your Generation,” this is a perfect introduction to the new album. Songs range from the full on punk of “Atom Bomb” to the chiming guitar fueled pseudo pop shoegaze of “The Perfect High.” Songs like “Spin the Dial” may channel a more low key energy that straightforward rockers like “Punks In a Disco Bar,” however never lose the sense of urgency that pervades these tracks. One song flows nicely into the next, allowing the listener to experience Beach Slang’s world for 30 minutes.
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is not a game changing album. There are few surprises for fans of the band’s previous work. This is one of the few cases where this is a good thing. Beach Slang has established a style that is uniquely their own, and on their latest release they don’t seek to change their identity, but to perfect it. In that sense A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is a very successful album. As the last song fades I long for one more track. I’m not ready to leave the dimension of soul baring rebellion the band has created that shows me that someone feels the way I feel. After several listens, I still want more. Well done, Beach Slang. Your next album can’t come soon enough.
Reviewed by Jim 1340