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What other names did you con­sider call­ing your­selves?

I had Beach Slang hang­ing around for a good bit; I knew this was the thing that de­served it.

Where are you from and what would be the most recog­nis­able lo­cal land­mark?

Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia. And sadly, I’m guess­ing the Rocky statue. But op­ti­misti­cally, the Mu­seum of Art.

Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-mu­si­cal su­per­power?

James Alex (vo­cals, gui­tar, drunken su­per charm); JP Flexner (drums, ex­tra­or­di­nary glands); Ed McNulty (bass, in­ex­pli­ca­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion); Ruben Gal­lego (gui­tar, wob­bly flight).

Name your three big­gest in­flu­ences.

The Re­place­ments, Charles Bukowski, and The Psy­che­delic Furs.

What’s the usual first topic of con­ver­sa­tion when you take a break at re­hearsal?

New graf­fiti we saw on the way in. I mean, half of the band are de­sign­ers and all of us are mind­ful. We’re re­ally just four art nerds who can’t not dig on all the new good­ness light­ing up the city.

Tell us about your most mem­o­rable show.

Tonight in Ber­lin. We played the Ra­mones Mu­seum, got wildly drunk on Helles and dropped our pants while singing Cul­ture Club songs. None of it makes sense, but it’s just as it’s meant to be.

What band would you most like to share the stage with?

The Re­place­ments be­cause I want my jaw dropped and heart swelled up for a good bit. Also, Paul Wester­berg is the song­writ­ing holy grail.

What is your lat­est re­lease and why should we buy it?

Bro­ken Thrills, which is the Euro­pean 12” re­lease of our two Amer­i­can EPs ( Who Would Ever Want Any­thing So Bro­ken? and Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street). The why? It’s hon­est, messy, beau­ti­ful, danger­ous, cathar­tic, charm­ing, thought­ful and sweaty. You know, just how rock’n’roll is meant to be.

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