Quiet Slang Concert Recap

Photo: Avery Whaite

The Philadelphia band normally known as Beach Slang, came to Club Dada to promote their newest album Everything Matters But No One Is Listening under the alias Quiet Slang. Lead by James Alex and accompanied by Charlie Lowe, the usual loud and rambunctious punk rockers took a much more mellow approach by playing renditions of well known Beach Slang anthems with nothing but a keyboard and the vocals of Alex.

Quiet Slang started off the night with “Noisy Heaven” which featured the heart wrenching harmonies between Alex and Lowes voices with beautifully arranged melodies on the keyboard. Beach Slang’s music is usually composed of Alex’s loud and growling vocals, but when playing songs for Quiet Slang we see a much more passionate side to Alex and his approach to his music. He briefly talked about how the height of the flowers on his mic stand symbolized how much emotion he was putting into his songs, because he would slowly push them farther down the stand as the night progressed. The standard version of “Future Mixtape For The Art Kids” opening lyrics are “Play it loud, play it fast”, with very fast power chords played on guitar in the background, but Quiet Slang’s version had much more emotion, almost as if Alex was singing these lyrics directly from the heart. The lack of normally loud volume in “Dirty Cigarettes” and “Spin the Dial” intensified the heart racing and gut wrenching meaning behind the lyrics of the both of these songs.

Photo: Avery Whaite

After playing the new album in its entirety, Alex ended the set and said, “Well, I’m two thousand miles away from home so I’m gonna keep doing my thing”, and then picked up his guitar and played a mixture of covers and even a new song that will be on their new Beach Slang album. A few of these covers included “Can’t Hardly Wait” by the Replacements, “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure, and a duet cover of “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher to end the night. Even without the heavy drums and powerful guitar ballads, Quiet Slang is still able to reach the hearts of their fans with a much slower and personal approach that doesn’t lack energy or emotion.  

Avery Whaite