5 Influential Songs With… Beach Slang
As far as modern punk rock acts go, you can’t do much better than Beach Slang. The Philadelphia four-piece’s sound exists somewhere between Jawbreaker’s earnestness and The Replacements’ rawness, and they’ve been absolutely tearing it up of late. After releasing Broken Thrills, a compilation of EPs, they’re finally ready to unleash their debut album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, on October 30. If you weren’t excited already, we spoke to frontman James Alex about the top five songs that most influence the band and his songwriting, giving us a little taste of what The Things We Do… might sound like.
James Alex’s Top Five Most Influential Songs
1 – “Kids Don’t Follow” by The Replacements
That count in, that urgency, man, I swear, it’s the whole reason I do the thing. I heard this and like, right away, the thought of screaming with a guitar felt like power, like a voice, like that thing I’d been looking for. It’s pretty beautiful what finds you when you feel the most lost.
2 – “Too Much Kissing” by Senseless Things
This song sounds like every best night I’ve ever had. I wish everything I wrote could find whatever that thing is. It’s like magic to me. Really.
3 – “Heaven” by Psychedelic Furs
In my head or heart or delusion, I sing like Richard Butler. Meaning, not nearly, but I’m aiming. Man, that throat belongs in museums.
4 – “Disorder” by Joy Division
I’ve always sort of floated towards darker things, sadder things. This helped show me how to frame that junk. And the power of note choice. Don’t play a million of them, play the three that make you really feel something.
5 – “Chesterfield King” by Jawbreaker
I wanted to be a writer before I ever picked up a guitar. This was the first time I felt like you could be really loud and really raw and really soft and really poetic. That changed everything for me.
The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us is out October 30 through Cooking Vinyl Australia.