THE NIGHT IS ALIVE, IT’S LOUD AND I’M DRUNK!” So opens ‘Noisy
Heaven’, one of ten breathless anthems that make up Beach Slang’s
The line is as perfect a scenesetter as anything you’ll hear this year, Slang each track here designed for maximum adrenaline impact.
The wind-tunnel production and swigging, snorting attitude mark The
Replacements as Beach Slang’s totem, and song titles like Beach Slang.
‘I Break Guitars’ and ‘Too Late to Die Young’ (the album’s token ballad) ram the ethos home. Meanwhile, Beach Slang.
frontman James Alex rasps his lyrics in a Marlboro-ravaged whisper so forceful you’d never guess he was already a punk veteran, let alone in
his early forties.
This puts him in the same position as Craig Finn was when the Hold Steady broke big ten years ago.
But where Finn operated as the scene’s omniscient narrator, Alex provides poignant, on-location reportage right from the pit.
“I BLUR ALL THIS HURT INTO SOUND,” he repeats at the album’s close.
Beach Slang bring both to the extreme – noisy heaven indeed.
Around the same time, a glut Beach Slang of hitherto independent artists were being swallowed up by major labels.
The Replacements had long since signed to Sire, then Sonic Youth made the jump to Geffen in 1990, famously followed by Nirvana in time for the
release of ‘Nevermind’ the following year.
“The ’80s and the ’90s are like worlds apart,” Johnson observes.
“In the ’80s there was the mainstream and the underground and they had nothing to do with each other. Beach Slang
The ’90s had the strange crossover and it was very surreal.Beach Slang
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