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Local punk band Beach Slang gets raw and loud on their debut EP, announce they’ll be playing Fest 13

Beach Slang
Beach Slang / via bandcamp

Beach Slang recently released a raw four song EP entitled Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, which you can stream below and pick up on vinyl in Spring via Dead Broke Records. While this band kind of seemed to pop up out of nowhere, its members are no strangers to the Philadelphia scene. Vocalist and guitarist James Snyder is a member of the inactive but memorable pop punk band Weston. With Ed McNulty from Crybaby on bass and JP Flexner from Ex Friends on drums, this is a sort of a local Philly supergroup. The EP was recorded with Dave Downham at Gradwell House Recording Studio in Haddons Height, NJ and mastered at Armstrong Studios by Stephen Egerton, known for his work with The Descendants.

Beach Slang’s debut EP is nothing short of breakout. Snyder authors some amazing lyrics for grungy hearts that find themselves in love in “Filthy Luck”. To me, the line “Carve your name soft across my lungs / I want to breathe you until I’m numb / We’re not loved, well, hardly anyway / with filthy luck in such a filthy haze” speaks to the dingy basement scene that has sparked so many relationships by chance.

These lyrics seem to describe the lives of modern day punks, with cleverly written takes like “The kids are still alright / We’re just too high to fight” or “Who called the cops? / Whatever, we’ll never get caught”. Delivering the avidly truthful and hopeful lyrics with catchy melodies and harmonies, Beach Slang nailed the vocals. The EP’s raw indie sound is textured with distortion and feedback alongside the fast-paced rhythms and punk mentality. The three piece band blasts through catchy riffs and drum fills, with trudging bass and texturing feedback at the best moments.  Definitely check out “Filthy Luck” and “Punk or Lust”.

Beach Slang also announced they’ll be heading down to Fest 13 this upcoming Fall. Check out the insane lineup and get tickets here.

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Crybaby and Casual, two local punk bands, collaborate on 7″ split

Crybaby | Photo by James Breslin

Punk locals Crybaby and Casual recently posted songs from their forthcoming split which will be released via Secret Audio Club’s Wax Packs. Bringing the idea of baseball cards to 7″ splits, Wax Packs sends you a random record out of ten possibilities. Each features two songs by two artists, and some of the other local bands featured are Placeholder, The Hundred Acre Woods, and Aspiga.

Crybaby is a three piece from West Chester and their punk rock sound is enhanced by gritty yelling, delectable guitar and bass riffs and swift drum fills. Their first song “Casual” is an original that rocks just as hard as any Crybaby song. With seemingly equal influence from grunge and punk, they play quick riffs that are heavy and full, while throwing in complex guitar lines over the continuously trudging bass and drums.

Vocalist Matt Quinn’s yells are raw, yet controlled, resulting in lines like “We acknowledge there’s a problem but the problem’s never first” that beg for live crowds to sing along to. Their cover of Casual’s “Whitey Tighty” is energized and edgy. Featuring vocals from every member of the band, drummer Alex Lindquist and bassist Ed McNulty add vocals that enhance the wholeness and feel of the song.

Casual is a four piece (one ex-member of NONA) from Flemington, NJ whose pop punk sound contains honest lyrics and down to earth instrumentation that begs you to move to it. Their original song “Poison Counter” follows a straight path led by the cycling guitar riffs and witty lyrics that lead us through the vocalist’s thoughts. After contemplating his thoughts and problems, he belts “we think too much, but not enough / always ending up at we’re all fucked / you cannot change what is wrong / with words to a song”. Casual’s cover of Crybaby’s “Ex-Quarterback Material” is faster and grungier, ending in gang vocals that make the song sound much bigger.

Crybaby’s next show is scheduled for January 17th at Golden Tea House, and Casual will be playing a show in New Jersey on January 16th. Pre-order the Wax Packs vinyl splits here. You can get in touch with the bands about ordering the split right from them as well. Also, watch a strange music video for “Poison Counter”.

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Breaking down with West Chester’s Crybaby (playing Golden Tea House tonight)

CrybabyCrybaby from West Chester delivers sensorial lyrics through equally textured vocals to head-banging, mosh-inducing pop punk. The band is barely a year old, but their debut album, Coming Undone is a kind of melodic anxiety attack you want to repeat; think nostalgia for PTSD. Coming Undone is a smart and classic pop punk composition of guitar, drum and bass combined with the most articulately metaphoric lyrics about anxiety and self-doubt. The first song, “Canyon” is fun but also fueled with a lot of anger. Consider the lyrics: “you’re a coward who finishes first / you’re a swinging fist, a fucking symptom that lurks / years after treatment, passively fearing the worst.” How much more can this band cut to the bone? The lyrics can really bring you down in a cathartic sort of way, and the upbeat drum and bass with playful guitar riffs make for an album and show you don’t want to miss. They play tonight at West Philly’s Golden Tea House with Ma Jolie, Two Hand Fools and Martin; information can be found at the event’s Facebook page.

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