Beach Slang

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Beach Slang
2016 RiP Beach Slang - by 2eight - DSC6057.jpg
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres Punk rock, indie rock, pop punk
Years active 2013 (2013)–present
Labels Dead Broke Records, Tiny Engines, Polyvinyl, Lame-O, Big Scary Monsters, John Varvatos,
Associated acts Weston, Mean Creek, The Afghan Whigs, Ex Friends, Glocca Morra
Members James Alex
Aurore Ounjian
Tierney Tough
Cully Symington
Past members Spencer Dorsey
Dan Metzker
JP Flexner
Ruben Gallego
Ed McNulty

Beach Slang is an American punk rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in May 2013.


Early career and The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (2013-2015)[edit]

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.[1][2] They followed that release in October 2014 with their second extended play titled Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street via Tiny Engines.[3][4][5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings and the departures of Flexner, Gallego and McNulty (2016-present)[edit]

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 audiences ticket money.[8] Ruben slammed his guitar down and walked off stage during the incident.[9] Just over a month later, drummer JP Flexner was kicked out of the band after being blamed for causing James' on-stage melt[10]down in Salt Lake City.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] In October 2017, Alex released the EP We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, which contains 4 acoustic reworkings of previously released songs.[14] In March of 2018 Symington and McNulty quit the band. In May of 2018 the band's long time manager, Randy Nichols quit the band[15]. James "holier than thou" attitude has made many members leave. His onstage persona is opposite his real life drunken arrogance.

Previous bands[edit]

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.[16] 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.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • James Alex - lead vocals, guitar (2013–present)
  • Aurore Ounjian - guitar, backing vocals (2016-present)
  • Tierney Tough - bass, backing vocals (2018-present)
  • Dan Crotts - drums (2018-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)
  • Cully Symington - drums (2016-2018)


Studio albums


  • 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]

Compilation appearances


  1. ^ Blest, Paul. "Beach Slang just released the summer EP to end all summer EPs". Vice. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ Thompson, Paul. "Beach Slang Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ Powers, Chris. "Beach Slang Announces New EP Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Beach Slang – Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street [EP]". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ Ozzi, Dan. "Blast this song from Beach Slang's new EP and feel alive, Dammit!". Vice. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  6. ^ Sacher, Andrew. "Modern Baseball release song from 6-way split; Hop Along, Beach Slang, Aye Nako & Ryley Walker play BV-RBSS soon". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  7. ^ Katzif, Mike. "First Listen: Beach Slang, 'The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us'". NPR. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Beach Slang Are Not Breaking Up - Stereogum".
  9. ^ digitalsea90 (2016-04-29), Hard Luck Kid by Beach Slang @ Kilby Court, retrieved 2017-01-09
  10. ^ DigitalSea (2016-04-29), Hard Luck Kid by Beach Slang @ Kilby Court, retrieved 2018-05-23
  11. ^ "Drummer JP Flexner Leaves Beach Slang".
  12. ^
  13. ^ Josephs, Brian (8 December 2016). "Beach Slang Announce New Touring Lineup | SPIN". Spin. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  14. ^ Colburnon, Randall (October 19, 2017). "Quiet Slang, a.k.a. Beach Slang's James Alex, unveils We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags EP: Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  15. ^ "Beach Slang". Retrieved 2018-05-23.
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