by Dillon Price on February 10, 2010
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|Genre: Punk, power-punk
|Release Date: February 10, 2017|
|Number of Tracks: 5
|Label: Polyvinyl Records
2016 has been a tiresome year for Philly punks Beach Slang. With drummer JP Flexner leaving the band and the release of their emotionally-driven album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, it’s about time Alex James and crew took a breather. Beach Slang’s unique infusion of punk rock and 90’s power-pop can only leave a blurry discernment as to which influences the band pulls from. But on their latest EP Here, I Made This For You (Beach Slang Mixtape Vol. 2), James takes a break from songwriting to cover a variety of bands such as The Adverts, The Candyskins, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Tom Keene and The Modern Lovers.
While Beach Slang’s spin may differ from the original, James exerts a rivaling energy on The Adverts’ “Bored Teenagers.” Contextually, this cover aligns with A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings with lyrics exploring the boredom and frustration of adolescence. Beach Slang’s less abrasive approach can be heard on shoegazy noise-pop cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain’s “Sometimes Always.” Most notably, the band unleashes their gritty side with a cover of “Roadrunner” by Bostonian proto-punk legends The Modern Lovers.
Here, I Made This For You is an avenue for James to share his taste of music with fans. Nothing on this EP is comparable to Beach Slang’s original material, but it’s fun to hear them cover “Bored Teenagers,” “Sometimes Always” and “Roadrunner.”
Stream “Bored Teenagers (The Adverts)” below: