When: Sat., Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m. 2015
On their first two EPs, last year’s excellent Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? and Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street, Philly quartet Beach Slang present heartfelt indie rock that’s unabashedly influenced by the Replacements—the songs come across sounding like 90s radio rock from the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls and the Gin Blossoms in their jangly, polished execution. That’s not a bad thing: the almost dated charm adds a yearning, nostalgic quality to these supercatchy songs, making the records easily two of my most listened to of 2014. At the end of last month Beach Slang released their first full-length, The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl), and this time around front man James Alex Snyder’s shows a bit more of his roots (he spent all of the 90s playing in Pennsylvania pop-punk stalwarts Weston). The Things is without a doubt a full-on punk record, as open chords are traded for power chords and Snyder’s gruff croon pushes into a scream. It has an ability to span generations in its appeal, in part due to massive anthemic choruses that kids will gladly yell along to while thrusting their fists/beers/sodas toward the ceiling. Beach Slang’s penchant for cozy, earnest midwestern indie-rock chops will also keep the college-rock dads just as happy.
Price: $14, $12 in advance