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Less than a year after their debut full-length landed on year-end lists across the board, Beach Slang returns with their sophomore album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. Written and recorded in the midst of a relentless touring schedule that found the band selling out sweat drenched shows across the U.S. and Europe, A Loud Bash is exactly what its title implies - a raucous collection of shout-along punk rock anthems anchored by frontman James Alex's trademark heart-on-sleeve lyricism.
Alex is that rare songwriter who can create songs that blend his own Young Man Blues with the grown man's earned perspective. Check the arresting "Punks In A Disco Bar" and "Spin The Dial" for his skill at merging full-throttle hooks with memorable, whip-smart lyrics, or "Art Damage" and "Wasted Daze Of Youth" for a lesson in how rock and roll can be sinister and dissonant, and still end up beautiful.
For all the volume and the fuzz and the fury, Beach Slang is a band for sloppy romantics who got there the hard way. And that's how the band wants it: "Whether this Beach Slang thing flies or falls," says Alex, "we want to know that we put everything into it. We're a rock and roll band; we make records and we tour. We want to sweat it and bleed it. We want to do it like the bands we love and respect did it."