Friday, September 26, 2014

EP Review: ‘Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street’ by Beach Slang

Title:  Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street (BandCamp [Beach Slang], BandCamp [Tiny Engines], Tiny Engines Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, SoundCloud)  
Artist:  Beach Slang (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Beach Slang’s debut EP Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? is by far my favorite record of 2014 and I have been eagerly awaiting its follow-up.  Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street succeeds in every way that a follow-up release should by taking the energy and excitement of the previous release and adding to it new levels of nuance and passion.  The four song EP takes the band’s punk-as-seen-through-college-rock approach of Who Would Ever… and tweaks it by adding layers of deeper sorrow and heartache and touches of Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen.  The resulting sound is still clearly Beach Slang but displays a growth to this band’s already passionate and deep work.  While Cheap Thrills… is less in-your-face than its predecessor, the slower tempo and refined approach make it just as invigorating and powerful.  This band is seriously something special and one to watch.  I look forward to being a fan for many years to come.   

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