So Beach Slang just released this killer new album titled The Things We Do to Find people Who Feel Like Us. It’s an incredibly long album title for a honestly an incredibly short album. I like to think that the band just packs a lot of punch in a small package.
The whole album has this sort of almost garage, low-fi punk feel to it. Personally when I listen to them I think of The Replacements; that may be because I’m not terribly familiar with The Replacements, or because I think “Bad Art & Weird Ideas” sounds really similar to their song “Bastards of Young.” I might just be incredibly wrong, but hey, it’s what I connect it to.
Beach Slang is such a fun band though. It’s that band you want to cut the windows down in the car and yell along to all the songs…at least that’s what I’ve been doing the last week. With lyrics like “It’s a dead-end town for trash like us / But I’ve got a full tank and a couple bucks” what else are you supposed to do though? The band seems all about the idea of being wild and free; it’s easily the most prevalent theme to their lyrics. It’s pretty catchy, honestly. There’s not a lot of depth in it; if you’re looking for deep then you’re diving into a shallow pond here lyrically. Not that that’s even a bad thing. They’re just really simple, like in “Hard Luck Kid” where he’s singing “I was born all wrong but I’m dying all right.” It’s clever in its own way.
Like I was saying though, the songs are just ridiculously catchy. The fast numbers like “Throwaways” and “Ride the Wild Haze” come across really well. Even the slow change-up ” Too Late to Die Young” gets stuck in your head after a while. The harsh “Young & Alive” has a sound of its own that hits heavy with that live-fast-die-young sort of mentality.
Sometimes the songs run together a bit, but you just spin the record another couple times and that goes away. I’d listen to the album front-to-back just to hear “Dirty Lights” another time. For me, The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us isn’t a groundbreaking record, but it’s still definitely one worth spinning a couple times. There’s a lyrics in their song “I Break Guitars that fits nicely with the way I feel about this record: “If rock and roll is dead again / How come I can’t stop listening?”
Purchase and stream the album here.