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Colectivo Coffee (2211 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee)
2211 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Quiet Slang (Beach Slang)
+ special guest Abi Reimold
Thursday, June 14th
The Back Room @ Colectivo
Doors 7pm // Show 8pm
“Rock and roll is sort of my consolation prize for wanting to have been a writer,” says James Alex. It’s a humble admission from the frontman of Philadelphia’s Beach Slang, a fiery punk quartet whose raucous gigs often find the songwriter’s earnest lyrics bellowed back at him. Still, consider it a feat that fans are even able to hear those words from behind the trembling walls of distortion that serve as Beach Slang’s raison d’etre. Everything about Beach Slang is loud, from the guitars to its attitude to Alex’s weathered rasp.
Considering that, there’s something almost cheeky about the ti...tle of his new project: Quiet Slang. As the name implies, Alex is embracing minimalism, smothering the fuzz in favor of a cello, a piano, and his voice. In October, Quiet Slang released We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, an EP comprised of two Beach Slang songs and two covers from The Replacements and Big Star. Consider it an introduction to what Alex calls “chamber pop for outsiders,” because it simply serves as prelude to Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, a collection of 10 Beach Slang covers that comprises Quiet Slang’s debut full length.
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