Philadelphia-based rockers Beach Slang
recently dropped a new single, "Punks In A Disco Bar," in preparation for their second full-length album, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
. As with everything Beach Slang puts out, the song is a raw, loud, and everything you want in a punk song, but is also still melodic and contains plenty of heart. By creating intense anthems for the freaks, losers, and lonely wanderers of the world, Beach Slang waves the freak flag passed down from other underground bands like the Replacements. The song begins with a lone distorted guitar riff, and never lets up on the volume for the rest of the song once the band comes in. Singer James Alex brings his trademark introspective lyricism and stories of being the odd one out to this track as well, with lines like "Man, they taught me to talk then told me to shut up." As many of Beach Slang's die-hard fanbase will tell you (me included), Alex's ability to take even the darkest corners of life and find something worth celebrating is what makes this band so special.
Compared to the rest of the Beach Slang's discography, their debut album The Things We Do to Find People Like Us
plus a few independently released EPs, "Punk In A Disco Bar," doesn't really tread any new ground in terms of instrumentation. Like the band's other music, it's an explosive, guitar-driven track with Alex's raspy and emotionally sincere vocals, so if you weren't a fan of the band before, this song probably won't change your mind. That said, Beach Slang does what they do pretty damn well, and arguably better than the majority of underground punk acts out there, so if you're already a fan or want some good new punk music, you'll definitely dig this track. "Punks In A Disco Bar" is a song that will make you bang your head while also make you think, a feat very few bands can pull off these days. A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
is out September 23.