Beach Slang Come To Oz for the First Time :D

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Sunday July 24th at Corner Hotel! 

Reclining on a banana lounge by the pool, James Alex speaks excitedly about Beach Slang’s debut tour of Australia and their appearance at Splendour in the Grass this coming weekend. It’s been a big couple of years for the band which has seen them release their debut LP The Things We Do To Find People Like Us to critical acclaim and touring Europe. So as we begin to chat Alex is ablaze with stories. “We’ve got this amazing air bnb house and I am watching this purple flower come out in bloom. We are living in real luxury here man and being here for a few days, I am starting to feel like we are doing alright in life.”

That statement sounds a little funny given the troubled childhood that marred Alex for many years, which has formed the basis for lyrics for a few of the band’s songs on their two studio albums, the latter of which will drop on September 23. “I came up as a strong little fighter and had things quite tough but that changed my character for the better I think. I try to be a force of kindness these days. It was tough when my parents split and I was raised by my mum and so for my kids and the ones I love, I want to look out for them and care for them the best that I can.”

Alex remembers fondly growing up in Philedelphia with his mum’s appreciation for vintage pop music a strong influence on his early musical life. “It’s been said an infinite amount of times but Brian Wilson is an absolute genius and Pet Sounds is the greatest album of all time. My mum never really graduated to the experimental stuff that they did, but I was raised on the perfect two-and-a-half-minute pop song. He cracked the formula for writing great pop songs and selling millions of records and I dig that guy on every level. I have seen him play Pet Sounds live and I don’t think there was a greater concert experience ever.

Over the next few weeks, the band are set to tear up the stages all around the country in the wake of their Splendour shows. As you would expect, the first time ever in OZ, the excitement is building. Speaking in the lead up to landing, Beach Slang are finding it hard to control their excitement. “When we heard that we were playing in Aus, we flipped out. We are going to trust our friends and see what happens, who knows. It could be a dangerous task but we want to experience the whole culture. See you out at a show man! Cheers for the support.”

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