BEACH SLANG Debuts Anthemic “Tommy In The 80s” with CoS Feature | Nat’l Tour w/ Goo Goo Dolls Kicks Off Tomorrow
The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City (ft. Tommy Stinson of The Replacements) Out Jan. 10 on Bridge Nine Records
Kicking Off National Tour w/ Goo Goo Dolls Tomorrow
Tour dates below + HERE.
” …it’s as loud and chaotic as you’d expect from the first two Beach Slang albums.” – Stereogum
” …thunderous lead single “Bam Rang Rang” [is] a torrent of power chord fuzz, bent-note guitar leads and the ragged snarl of frontman James Alex.” – Rolling Stone
Photo Credit: Charlie Lowe
Today, American rock & roll mainstay Beach Slang debut gritty new song “Tommy In The 80s” with a Consequence of Sound “Origins” feature, strutting a classic crunching hard rock sound infused with sweet melodicism and energetic horns. Beach Slang recently announced their most accomplished new album to date The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City due out January 10 on Bridge Nine Records, featuring special guest bassist: Tommy Stinson of The Replacements. The band kicks off a national fall tour with Goo Goo Dolls tomorrow, November 8 in Kalamazoo.
Dedicated to late power-pop legend Tommy Keene, James Alex shares:”“We were on tour, somewhere outside of St. Louis. I was sitting on a scratchy hotel chair trying to write something. Nothing came. Charlie walked over, real still, and told me Tommy Keene died. I went all-the-way numb. You grow tired of the wrong people dying. I took the “Saturday night” bit from “Nothing Can Change You”. I took the title from “Warren In The 60s”. I took the horn part from “Deep Six Saturday” and the thump from “Turning On Blue”. Look, if you don’t dig this thing, no sweat—just listen to Tommy’s records. They’re the blueprint for all of it. Tommy, I hope I did real right by you, man. You’re the real-life goods and an absurdly sweet heart. And this thing is for you.”
Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City was initially announced via Kerrang! alongside biting lead single “Bam Rang Rang”, oozing glam and swagger over sleazy riffs and loud guitars. While James Alex has always infused his anthemic power pop with the earnestness of a gutter poet, Deadbeat Bang sneaks up on you. Like all Beach Slang albums, the eleven tracks are all written and arranged by James. It’s big, loud, and brash, immediately setting the tone for a record more inspired by the stadium classic rock of Cheap Trick than early Replacements. The record was mixed by heavy-hitter Brad Wood, celebrated for his work with the Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair.
Drawing comparisons to Jawbreaker and The Replacements, but never approaching easy facsimile, Beach Slang paid tribute to the past by lighting a new torch with their critically-acclaimed previous records. Dubbed as a ‘thank you’ to Minneapolis, the MPLS covers EP was released earlier this year and was produced by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, who they’re thrilled to be sharing the stage with this fall. Don’t miss them on tour in a city near you!
Beach National Tour Dates
# = w/ Goo Goo Dolls
11/8: Kalamazoo, MI @ Kalamazoo State Theatre #
11/9: Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Performing Arts Center #
11/10: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater #
11/12: Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre #
11/13: Huntsville, AL @ Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at the Von Braun Center #
11/15: Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theater #
11/16: Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre #
11/17: Charleston, SC @ Charleston Gaillard Center #
11/18: Norfolk, VA @ Taphouse Grill
11/19: Richmond, VA @ Carpenter Theatre #
11/20: Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre #
11/22: Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre #
11/23: Atlantic City, NJ @ Tropicana Showroom at Tropicana Atlantic City #
11/25: Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre #
11/26: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place