Friday, October 30, 2015

Album Review: ‘The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us' by Beach Slang

Title: The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (BandCamp, Polyvinyl Records, Amazon, iTunes, Wikipedia)

I've gotten to the point that it's kind of hard for me to put into words how I feel about Beach Slang and subsequently their full-length debut The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us. Words like fantastic, excellent, brilliant, and moving fail to describe the utter joy and acceptance I feel when listening to this band. This band connects with me sonically with their pure unadulterated sound that is equal parts Replacements, Jesus & Mary Chain, and Jawbreaker driven by an energy and urgency that is beyond infectious. Lyrically singer/guitarist James Alex Snyder has found a way to express everything I've been feeling going all the way back to my days as a dejected and rejected teenager up to now as a middle-aged man with a wife and kids that still doesn't feel like he fits in or belongs. Being that misfit youth never goes away and Beach Slang embraces that fact, turning it into a battle cry full of power and promise. Snyder embraces being a misfit with such gusto, enthusiasm, and self-deprecation making The Things We Do... such an earnest record that it doesn't need to rely on irony or kitsch to drive its point home because it is so completely pure and honest. What's great about this record, and this band in general, is that it has created a sound, vibe, and aura that is completely timeless tapping into feelings and transcending genres to the point that everyone from a 14 year old high school kid to a 40 year old punk can hear this music and say “yup, this is mine.” But underneath all of that is a definite chord, ethos, and yearning born out of growing up in time that saw idealism traded in for consumerism all for the sake of the greater me. Without a doubt, Beach Slang is the last great musical gasp of Generation X and if it took growing up through all of that mess and an adulthood of getting squeezed out by those who came before and those coming after to get this music, then by God it was all worth it.  

1 comment:

C.W.L. said...

Yeah, this is a special band. I suppose detractors could claim their sound is derivative, born by the bands you mention, but I agree that there is something infectious about it -- they seem really clear on what they are trying to do and seem to very good about executing on that vision. I like them a lot even at my advanced age --