A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings is a descriptive title. The new album from Beach Slang is a rush of melodic but noisy rock, infused with a teenager's sensibility of living for the moment and washing away uncertainties and anxieties with, well, what teenagers do. At times the style is pleasantly reminiscent of The Replacements, at other times it slides into shoegaze. There is rage, a bit of reflection, and a good dose of romanticism. It is that last element, and some very adept lyrical touches, that give the album its warmth and connection. Cathartic? Surely. But for catharsis to work for more than a momentary rush, the audience has to feel it, not just hear it. That is a tough challenge for a band, but we think Beach Slang pulls it off here.
A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings is out now via Polyvinyl Records. The band begins a five week tour in early October. The dates and locations are at the bottom of this post.
Bandcamp for A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings