Could Beach Slang Kill Chronic Punk-Related Cynicism?
Posted on September 4, 2014
September 4, 2014
by Bryne Yancey
It’s September 4, and the temperature will likely reach 90 degrees in Philadelphia today. No matter what anyone tries to tell you, no matter how many pumpkin-flavored things you’ve already shoved into your mouth so far this year, summer is in fact not over yet. Another indicator is that clearly the Summer of Beach Slang is continuing in full force: the guys have a new EP titled Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street due out Oct. 28 on Tiny Engines and unveiled a new song from it titled “American Girls and French Kisses” today.
The song builds on the foundation laid on the band’s debut Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? as James Snyder, late of the much underappreciated Weston, raspily sings about the general feeling of being stoked on life while the band’s music nearly perfectly balances driving, accessible melody with a calculated, palpable exuberance. It seems odd to think about but really, how many bands are this unabashedly on-the-nose about how excited they are to be playing the music that they’re playing? Can Beach Slang single-handedly kill the perpetually exhausting cynicism and snarkiness that’s permeated through the punk scene for years now? Is it cool to be excited for things now? One can only hope.