There were some worrying rumours bouncing about The Internet on Thursday evening about Beach Slang breaking up. The good news is, that they’re not.
Taking to Facebook, the band explain, “‘Westerberg was playing his favorite guitar […]. Suddenly, he grabbed it by the body and slammed the neck down on the amplifier and splintered it completely. Afterwards, soundman Brendan McCabe approached him in shock: ‘Paul what the hell did you do that for. How could you wreck that guitar? You loved that thing.’ ‘Well that’s the difference between me and you Brendan,’ he told him. ‘You cherish things you love. Me? I destroy them.’
“The first time I read this part of Trouble Boys, I thought, ‘Fuck, maybe there’s really something to that. Maybe there’s romanticism in destroying the things you love.’ Or maybe I’m just a messed up kid who thinks he never deserved any of this. I don’t know. After I left the stage in Salt Lake, thinking I was ending Beach Slang, I was walking down the street, back to the hotel, when a girl from the show ran up to me, hugged me so sincerely, and said, ‘Don’t do this. We need you.’ Straight away, I realized I was wrong. There is nothing sweet, there is no light, and there is nothing romantic when the thing you love is broken.
“Salt Lake, for the car crash last night and Boise, for fumbling on you, I am gigantically sorry—even bigger than that. I am going to make good on making it up to you. Cross my heart.
“This, and all of you, mean too much to me. I love you with thunder. I love you all the way.
So, yeah, Seattle, we are still coming to your good city, wild-eyed and ready, our hearts bashed back into shape.
“If you’re still in, we are.
For us—all of us,
We are most definitely still in. Especially with work on album two underway and a UK tour coming up alongside Muncie Girls and Weaves.
7 Tunbridge Wells Forum
8 London Dingwalls
9 Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
10 Edinburgh Electric Circus
11 Liverpool Studio1
12 Manchester Deaf Institute
13 Nottingham Bodega