|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Associated acts||Weston, Mean Creek, The Afghan Whigs, Ex Friends, Glocca Morra|
Beach Slang is an American punk rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in May 2013. The band comprises vocalist and guitarist James Alex, guitarist Aurore Ounjian, bassist Tierney Tough, and drummer Dan Crotts.
Early years and The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (2013-2015)
Beach Slang formed in June 2013. In June 2014, they played their first live shows and released a 7" EP titled Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? via Dead Broke Records. They followed that release in October 2014 with their second extended play titled Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street via Tiny Engines. Beach Slang started out with a string of live, lead guitarists; Spencer Dorsey of the band No Summer and Dan Metzker of the band The Danger O's. In February 2015, Beach Slang released a split along with five other bands titled Strength in Weakness via Lame-O Records.
Shortly before the recording of the band's first full-length LP, the band added Ruben Gallego as its permanent lead guitarist. Their debut full-length album, The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, was released on October 30, 2015.
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings and line-up changes (2016-present)
In April 2016, Beach Slang apparently broke up on stage at a show in Salt Lake City. James told the crowd it was their last show and asked the venue to refund the audience's ticket money. Ruben slammed his guitar down and walked off stage during the incident. Just over a month later, drummer JP Flexner was kicked out of the band after being blamed for causing James' on-stage meltdown in Salt Lake City. Recorded with Flexner, prior to his departure, the band released its second studio album, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, in September 2016.
In October 2016, the band parted ways with guitarist Ruben Gallego. That December, the band officially replaced Flexner and Gallego with two new members: former Mean Creek guitarist Aurore Ounjian and former Afghan Whigs and Cursive drummer Cully Symington.
In March 2018, Symington and McNulty left Beach Slang, to be replaced by Tierney Tough and Dan Crotts.
Alex began his side project Quiet Slang as a way to reinterpret some Beach Slang material and to create new music of a different stripe. In October 2017, Alex released the EP We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, which contains 4 acoustic reworkings of previously released songs. A full Quiet Slang album, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, was released in May 2018, and Alex went on a supporting tour. He described his inspiration for the project succinctly in an interview: "If Beach Slang is me fawning over The Replacements, Quiet Slang is me head-over-heels for Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields). And, really, that’s all it is. I mean, the first time I heard a Magnetic Fields record, I was completely knocked out. I wanted to deconstruct it, to figure it out. All of a sudden, I felt like rock ‘n’ roll could be tender, but still mean it just as much".
Frontman James Alex (formerly known as James Snyder) was previously a member of the band Weston between 1992 and 2011, and Cordova Academy Glee Club during 2005-2009. Bass guitarist Ed McNulty was a member of Crybaby from 2012 until 2015. Former drummer JP Flexner was previously a member of the band Ex Friends from 2011 to 2014, and No Summer from 2013 to 2014. Ruben Gallego was previously a member of the band Glocca Morra.
- Current members
- James Alex - lead vocals, lead guitar (2013–present)
- Aurore Ounjian - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2016–present)
- Cully Symington - drums (2016–present)
- Former members
- Spencer Dorsey - guitar (2013)
- Dan Metzker - guitar (2013)
- JP Flexner - drums (2013-2016)
- Ruben Gallego - guitar (2013–2016)
- Ed McNulty - bass (2013–2018)
- The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (2015)
- A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings (2016)
- Everything Matters But No One Is Listening (2018) (Released under Quiet Slang)
- Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? (2014)
- Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street (2014)
- Here I Made This For You: Volume 1 (2016)
- Here I Made This For You: Volume 2 (2017)
- We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags (2017) (Released under Quiet Slang)
- Broken Thrills (2015) [compilation of both 2014 EPs]
- Strength in Weakness (2015, Lame-O Records) inc. "Too Late to Die Young"
- "About a Girl" (originally by Nirvana; tribute album Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach) (2016, Robotic Empire)
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