Lead singer of Philadelphia punk rock outlet Beach Slang, Alex James, has shared news of his upcoming EP as Quiet Slang.
Almost since the very beginnings of Beach Slang has Alex James been performing and recording a sort of parallel universe version of the band’s songs as slower, more mellow versions – suitable titled Quiet Slang. They generally are more stripped back versions which include piano and cello sounds. Now he’s announced the release of 7” EP We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, out 20 October. It’s set to feature reworks of two Beach Slang tracks, as well as covers of Replacements and Big Star songs.
“I suppose we’re all chasing something that resembles salvation, something that calms our bones,” James Alex said of Quiet Slang. “Maybe this is some small slice of that. Maybe it’s not. I don’t know, but I think about this: One day I’m going to be dust. And when my soul splits, maybe this will be the thing that sneaks me through the gates. If not, well, those are the breaks.”
You can get a first glimpse of the EP with the new video for Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas: