Philadelphia’s very own indie punk group, Beach Slang, is known for their eccentric, unique punk rock sound. They’re the most authentic type of rock ‘n’ roll, and they are often compared to the Goo Goo Dolls. All in all, Beach Slang is a powerhouse group with many tricks up their sleeve.
Their latest trick seems to have stumped us all in the best way. Quiet Slang is Beach Slang’s equally as flawless alter ego, the one that focuses in on acoustics and simplicity, but still maintains their consistently notable rawness. Quiet Slang dropped a new music video earlier this month, but the track it is for is actually one that has been in their catalog for a couple of years. “Dirty Cigarettes” changed the game for the band back in 2014 with their second EP, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street. The song was adored by the masses, getting coverage by NPR and Consequence of Sound. Albeit, it still is adored, as Quiet Slang took another hit at it four years later.
The original song is reminiscent of Linkin Park, Hüsker Dü, and — once again — the Goo Goo Dolls. But this new spin on it makes it sound much different, much more original, and so that all that comes to mind is Beach Slang. The creativity of the setup is astounding; it is simply a cello and a piano to backup lead singer James Alex’s voice. The purity of it only shows the versatility of the band. One minute they are slamming on electric guitar and thumping out bass lines, and another they are sitting in a church, piecing together the perfect acoustic version of a truly beloved song for their latest music video.
You might be asking, who is Beach Slang? Or even, who is Quiet Slang? Well, they are one in the same talented bands with a passion so clear and evident that each and every way they branch out results in something near perfection. Only the best, most honest musicians can pull that off so effortlessly, and Slang are definitely one of them.