stream Quiet Slang’s LP of stripped-down Beach Slang songs, with a new video
In just a few years, Beach Slang quickly became one of the best punk bands we’ve got. They came out of the gate swinging, and were ridiculously prolific off the bat. Their first two and a half years as a band (2014-2016) saw them release two great EPs and two great full-lengths, and that’s not counting their cool covers EPs where they pay tribute to the artists they very openly love. If they were to put out a “greatest hits,” it’d be one of the most rock-solid punk albums of our time, and frontman (and only remaining original member) James Alex has sort of done just that with his new solo album as Quiet Slang. Titled Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, it’s stripped down versions of ten of Beach Slang’s best songs, from their first EP to their latest album, re-arranged for piano, cello, and voice.
Beach Slang can be a raging punk band, but they’ve always had a sweet side to their songs, and that comes through loud and clear (well, quiet and clear) on Everything Matters. The songs sound beautiful with these arrangements, and in their own way, they’re just as effective as the originals. Who knew that the headbanging punk of “Filthy Luck” could work as a minimal piano ballad, or that the fist-raising “The night is alive, it’s loud and I’m drunk!” shouts of “Noisy Heaven” could flow so gorgeously into a sea of cello? It’s a really special record, one that could easily appeal to longtime Beach Slang fans and newcomers alike, and we’re excited to be premiering a stream of the whole thing. Listen, along with the just-released video for “Future Mixtape For The Art Kids,” below. It officially comes out Friday (5/18) via Polyvinyl, and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order it.
Quiet Slang were supposed to begin a tour at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade last night (5/16), but they rescheduled their May dates (Brooklyn, Allston, Philly and DC) for July. All previously purchased tickets for those shows will be honored. Like the rest of the tour, those shows will have quality support from Philly indie rocker Abi Reimold.
They’ll now hit Rough Trade on 7/9 (tickets). Updated dates are listed below.
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Quiet Slang / Abi Reimold — 2018 Tour Dates
6/11: Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
6/12: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
6/14: Milwaukee, WI @ The Backroom at Colectivo Coffee
6/15: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
6/16: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
6/18: Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
6/21: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
6/22: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
6/23: Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
6/25: San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
6/26: Los Angeles, CA @ The Moroccan Lounge
6/27: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
6/29: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
6/30: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
7/2: Austin, TX @ Barracuda
7/3: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
7/5: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
7/6: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7/7: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Back Room
7/8: Richmond, VA @ Chilton House
7/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
7/11: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
7/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
7/14: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel