Beach Slang likes to get right to the point, and their latest album, “A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings” does just that. The album title leaves no mystery or question about the lyrical content or themes contained inside.
This album is a collection of 10 songs that are dripping in angst, anger, and confusion, but, like most Beach Slang albums, they are done quite well. Lead singer James Alex and the rest of the group rise above what could be incredibly cliched and played out concepts throughout the just under 30 minute running time of the album to put out some really memorable cuts.
“A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings” starts with the song “Future Mixtape for Art Kids”, which contains the lyrics “Play it loud, play it fast… play me something that might save my life.” Again, the theme of the album is introduced right out of the gate, but, it’s done quite well with a raspy vocal delivery accented by an upbeat guitar driven tempo.
The angry nature of the album then rises with the fast and rage filled “Atom Bomb”, but things slow down a bit with the follow up selection, “Spin the Dial”. “Spin the Dial” is where the band’s 1980’s influences, such as The Replacements, can really be heard. It also contains the line, “I was born at the bottom”, which is a great line in relation to the rest of the lyrics on “A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings”.
The fourth song, “Art Damage”, is a choice selection with a good opening riff giving way to the great line, “When I die, bury me in the clothes of my youth”. While the album does speak to teenage angst, it is key to remember Alex and the rest of the band are in their early 40’s. Angst knows no age limit, and Beach Slang subscribes to that notion.
“Art Damage” is followed up by two other strong selections. “Hot Tramps” has a bit more epic beat and sound compared to the rest of the album. It also contains another memorable line in “Your arms are like a car crash I want to die in.” Alex can really turn a phrase when he wants to. The next song, “Punks in a Disco Bar”, is just a good listen all around with a guitar riff, tempo, and beat that all blend well together.
For the final portion of the album, “Wasted Daze of Youth” is dripping with angst, even more so than the rest of the album, and that’s saying something. It can be a bit of overkill on repeated listens. “Young Hearts” really doesn’t stand out, but “The Perfect High” and “Warpaint” are great closing selections.
“The Perfect High” is a decent enough song with an appealing hook and tempo, but it’s the last song that really gets one’s attention. Instead of going for an all out closing number, Beach Slang incorporates a slow, gritty, and brooding number that eventually builds to a brief crescendo with “Warpaint”. It’s a decision that works and pays off in relation to the mood and tempo of the rest of “A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings”.
Overall, “A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings” is an album one should play when they are in the dumps and want to wallow about things that have been lost or things that never came to pass. Everyone needs to do that every now and then. Beach Slang knows this, and they’ve shown they are quite talented in playing off those feelings.
Here’s the track listing for “A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings” with my picks in bold:
- 1. Future Mixtape for the Art Kids
- 2. Atom Bomb
- 3. Spin the Dial
- 4. Art Damage
- 5. Hot Tramps
- 6. Punks in a Disco Bar
- 7. Wasted Daze of Youth
- 8. Young Hearts
- 9. The Perfect High
- 10. Warpaint