It was a special night in London for Beach Slang. The indie punk band from Philadelphia, who are currently touring Europe after the release of ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’ (Polyvinyl Records / Big Scary Monsters) last September, stopped by the big smoke for their date at Scala and a special acoustic set prior to that.

The band went through some hard times, parting ways with two members of their band, yet finding strength and new motivations to carry on. Frontman James Alex, ex-Weston, showed all his tremendous charisma once again making me understand why – if needed –  Beach Slang have been one of the biggest things I’ve listened to over the past year.

James was the special guest at the brand new Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up store (click here), a temporary space in Hackney Downs, London. An acoustic set was the ideal occasion to warm-up before the gig at Scala. I’m glad I was there because I could enjoy 25 minutes of the (unplugged) music I love, in a little room full of vinyl records, merchandising, and beers. Not to mention the relaxed and fun atmosphere with the guys from BSM around.

The setlist also included a cover of a famous song from The Replacements, titled Alex Chilton. It’s no mystery this seminal punk/rock band has been one of the main sources of inspiration for James Alex and tons of other musicians for decades.

Watch the full acoustic set, filmed at Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up store on Thursday, 26th January 2017.

1. Spin the Dial
2. Atom Bomb
3. Dirty Cigarettes
4. Warpaint
5. Future Mixtape for the Art Kids
6. Ride the Wild Haze
7. Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas
8. Alex Chilton (The Replacements Cover)

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