Beach Slang’s James Alex Announces Debut Quiet Slang LP Out 5/18 on Polyvinyl,

Beach Slang’s James Alex Announces Debut Quiet Slang LP Out 5/18 on Polyvinyl,

Beach Slang’s James Alex
Announces Debut QUIET SLANG Full Length Album
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening
Due Out May 18 On Polyvinyl Record Co.
“Dirty Cigarettes” Video Released Today, Featuring
Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds) & Heather McIntosh (Elephant 6)
Beach Slang National Tour w/ Dashboard Confessional,
+ Debut Quiet Slang Performance @ SXSW!
Pre-Order Everything Matters But No One Is Listening
Photo Credit: Charlie Lowe


“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. His new project Quiet Slang is a direct confrontation to the trembling walls of distortion that serve as Beach Slang’s raison d’etre. As the name implies, Alex is embracing minimalism, smothering the fuzz in favor of a cello, a piano, and his voice on the debut full length album Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, due out May 18 on Polyvinyl Record Co.

“If Beach Slang is me fawning over The Replacements,
Quiet Slang is me head-over-heels for Stephin Merritt.”

Lead album single “Dirty Cigarettes” debuted today via Stereogum with an emotionally off-kilter video, directed by Jason Lester and featuring Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds) & Heather McIntosh (Elephant 6, of Montreal). Alex shares, “You can be born into damage, into being forgotten. That stuff sticks with you, you know? You sort of just swirl around, looking for something that makes you feel like you might matter. Sometimes you get lucky and that feeling shows up. Other times, it’s tougher. “Dirty Cigarettes” was filmed in an empty church reception hall the day after a wedding—a strange mix of love and loneliness. Something about that felt right. And for an afternoon, I felt like I could stop looking.”

“Dirty Cigarettes” video

Alex linked up with longtime co-producer Dave Downham for Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, who worked with him in bringing on cellist Dan Delaney and pianist Keith Giosa. Rounding out the crew were Stacey Downham, Matt Weber, Charlie Lowe and New Jersey quartet The Warhawks, who lent their voices to evoke what Alex describes as a “back alley choir.”
Though a new Beach Slang record is next up on Alex’s docket, he’s open to the possibility of more Quiet Slang. The project’s sophomore release, he notes, would contain original songs. Regardless of its future, however, he hopes the project can convey one simple thing: “Tenderness. I suppose that sounds overly simplified. But, still, it makes it no less sincere. Look, I’m trying to soften the world a little bit—there’s worse ways to be remembered.”


Beach Slang Tour Dates
^ w/ Dashboard Confessional
3/14: Official SXSW Showcase @ St. David’s Historic Sanctuary, 11pm
*Quiet Slang Debut Show*
3/15: Pandora at SXSW @ The Gatsby, 11:20pm
3/20: Houston, TX @ House of Blues ^
3/21: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues ^
3/23: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre ^
3/24: St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live ^
3/25: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues ^
3/26: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz ^
3/27: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte ^
3/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^
3/30: Boston, MA @ House of Blues ^
3/31: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring ^
4/02: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony ^
4/03: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ^
4/04: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s ^
4/05: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall ^
4/06: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live ^
4/07: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom ^
4/08: Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater ^
4/09: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall ^
4/11: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex ^
4/13: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater ^
4/14: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox ^
4/16: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades ^
4/17: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore ^
4/18: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues ^
4/20: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues ^
4/21: Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium ^

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Beach Slang’s James Alex Announces Debut Quiet Slang LP Out 5/18 on Polyvinyl,