For anyone worried that Beach Slang were on the verge of becoming an ex-slang, fear not.
Not only have the band announced that their new album ‘A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings‘ will be released this September 23rd but the first track to be lifted from it is just as heartfelt, poetic and drenched in grime as we’ve come to expect from the band. Check out ‘Punks In A Disco Bar‘ below.
A lot of the songs [on the album] are the stories of the kids who got turned on to Beach Slang by the first album,” says Beach Slang’s James Alex. “They’re autobiographical, too, but kind of at a remove—I’m not that young kid anymore, but I used to be.
“You know how it is; rock and roll is a new crop of 15-year-olds picking up guitars every year and having at it. There was something really cool about documenting someone else’s life, but seeing myself in it. I suppose that’s why we connect. We’re all kind of one big gang.
“What I did feel was a sense of responsibility to the kids who told me they were finding something in our music that brought them back from a bad place, the ones who were getting Beach Slang tattoos and quoting lyrics to me after the shows. I don’t want to let those people down. As a 20-year-old, I thought, hey, let’s all have fun, we’re gonna live forever. You don’t really see the finish line. Now it’s more like, am I leaving behind work that’s going to matter? What’s this going to say about me when I run out of air, and my son is listening to these records and tapes that I left behind. Is he going to say, “Yeah, my dad was all right”? These days I feel like I’m responsible for things bigger than myself. And I want to do right by them.”
Preorders for the album are now live and the band return to the UK this August for the Reading & Leeds Festivals