Posted in music on June 16, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Beach Slang at Suburbia - 6/13/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Beach Slang

Philly's Beach Slang, the new band fronted by ex-Weston member James Snyder, just wrapped up their first-ever run of live shows that began on Long Island this past Thursday and hit NYC for a show at Suburbia a day later (6/13). The band's only released material so far is the 4-song Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? EP which came out just a few months ago, and not to say the place was packed or anything, but enough of the people there already knew every single word. By the second song ("Kids"), James stepped away from the mic and the crowd had no problem filling right in. He looked legitimately thrilled at that reaction too, not holding back smiles at all. Sure, Weston has a long history, but Beach Slang is an entirely new band. They've got the vigor of one and are (rightfully) being received that way too.

In addition to the four songs on the EP, they played one track off their forthcoming release on Tiny Engines which sounded like their most punk song yet (and very promising), and a cover that I didn't recognize (the setlist said "INXS"), but they pretty much made sound like Beach Slang anyway. The whole set was very tight, and they have the stage show of a band ready to play far bigger places than the intimate Suburbia. Not that I have any complaints about seeing them there -- where better than a room designed like a suburban basement for sweet, alt-rock open chords and punk nostalgia?

The only other show Beach Slang currently have announced is The Fest but more dates are TBA. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream their EP below...




Comments (15)

i played 'got beat up' so goddamn much in the summer of 1996.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 4:06 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 4:09 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 4:33 PM

Wait...this guy actually put the word "beach" in his band name?!?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 4:36 PM

Ed 'Junior Prom King' McNulty

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 4:43 PM

this sounds like the goo goo dolls when they were a late-period replacements cover band.

in a good way.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 4:45 PM

definitely sounds like goo goo dolls…there you are era…

but like Jawbreaker too.

Fucking great though!

Posted by blake-ian | June 16, 2014 4:53 PM

I dig it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 4:53 PM

I wish my band got coverage on BV after our first 4 song EP. Caaaaaaaaaa$$$$$$$$$$$hhooooollaaa!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 5:57 PM

Kinda creepy that the singer looks like he's a teenager even though he's probably pushing 40

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 8:38 PM

5:57, no. The band is actually good, asshat.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2014 2:06 AM

8:38 has already been phoning it in in khakis and cotton Dockers for years now - thinks everyone should be into sweater vests/Lacoste/Fred Perry by their mid-'30s. Truly some benchmark shit, breh.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2014 2:08 AM

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Posted by lblbro | June 17, 2014 9:48 AM

meh. heard it all before. Replacements, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 9:13 AM

The INXS cover was 'Don't Change'

Posted by Anon | June 18, 2014 3:08 PM

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