UTG @ CMJ 2014: This Is The Story Of How Beach Slang Stole My Heart

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By now, no one should be surprised that these rising indie/punk rockers hail from the booming city of Philadelphia, home to many breakthrough bands of the same genre. Beach Slang’s muffled, garage band sound filled the 280-cap Brooklyn bar, five seconds into their forty-minute set at BrooklynVegan’s showcase during the last day of the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon.

The quartet served as openers for Michigan natives, Pity Sex, and the newly-reunited The Jazz June, another staple of the PA scene.


Aside from leaving quite the impression on the East Coast by getting signed to Tiny Engines before even playing their first ever show, the band also amassed a good amount of attention during their previous show at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in September where they opened for fellow Philadelphia emo-revivalists, Modern Baseball.

These same fans brought their heart and soul last Saturday night to sing out loud to jams like “American Girls And French Kisses” off of the second EP they’ve put out this year, entitled Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, as well as “Filthy Luck” and “Kids” from their first EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, which garnered a shiver-worthy “So, I carved your name in mine / and I thought all about how we stumble around / until gravity sleeps and you slip and fall into me” chorale outro from the audience.

As enjoyable as their set had been, I think the most exhilarating portion of the night was watching half the crowd who knew none of their songs have such a blast. This was an occurrence I’d encountered quite a bit throughout the week, actually. These intimate shows where kids actually show up truly are a testament to a band’s forthcoming progress. Beach Slang is headed somewhere great, and they’re headed there pretty quickly.

Review written by Dana Reandelar

Dana Reandelar

If not hunched over her desk writing about music, Dana can be found binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or condensing long rants to 140 characters. She also writes for Idobi Radio, and is an Off The Record podcast contributor.
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