BEACH SLANG

PLUS: PETAL RAIN­BOW, BIRM­ING­HAM. 20.01.16 HOT NEW PUNKS TRI­UMPH AGAINST THE COLD IN THE UK

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WORDS: STEVE BEEBEE

PHO­TOS: TOM MARTIN

■ DAMN, IT’S cold in here. Maybe that ex­plains the eerie quiet be­tween songs tonight – it’s as if this lit­tle gath­er­ing is frozen, rooted to the spot. It’s noth­ing to do with the band, be­cause there’s noth­ing at all icy about Beach Slang’s mu­si­cal gold rush. Else­where on this UK tour, the Penn­syl­va­nian out­fit’s shows have been the sort that great band’s sto­ries in­clude as should-have-been-there moments – Lon­don’s Barfly has rarely been so rammed or so ex­citable. Tonight, their in­stinc­tive, from-the-heart, blue-col­lar punk is awe­some, but for what­ever rea­son, folks have left their danc­ing shoes at home.

After a de­mure set from U.S. solo songstress Petal that’s more folk than punk, the head­lin­ers quickly turn up the heat. “We’re here to punch you in the heart,” prom­ises front­man James Alex, and it’s im­me­di­ately clear what he’s get­ting at. While not all of Beach Slang’s songs make sense in a stan­dard, lin­ear man­ner, they all come loaded with feel­ing. And be­tween songs, they’re ac­tu­ally great com­pany. Bid­ding to break the si­lence, James isn’t shy about invit­ing us into his world. He drops hints about the new al­bum he’s “not sup­posed to be talk­ing about” yet, and gen­tly teases gui­tarist Ruben Gal­lego for talk­ing in cliché, be­fore re­lent­ing and kiss­ing his em­bar­rassed band­mate on the cheek.

Mu­si­cally, Beach Slang are like an ex­cited child that can’t wait to tell you about their day – quick­fire blasts like Young & Alive and Dirty Cig­a­rettes, plus a cover of Jaw­breaker’s Box­car, rocket to­wards you in a mighty hurry. Noth­ing is held in – James hurls him­self back­wards onto the floor at the end of Punk Or Lust – and it’s clear that this is a band who’ll be mak­ing waves once things heat up a bit.

Dude, duck face in pictures is soooo 2015

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