04/29/16 Boise, ID Neurolux
04/30/16 Seattle, WA Vera Project
05/01/16 Portland, OR Analog Cafe & Theater
05/03/16 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
05/05/16 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
05/06/16 San Diego, CA The Casbah
05/07/16 Phoenix, AZ The Rebel Lounge
05/09/16 Dallas, TX Three Links
05/10/16 Austin, TX Sidewinder
05/11/16 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
05/13/16 Shaky Knees Music Festival
05/13/16 Atlanta, GA The EARL
05/14/16 Nashville, TN High Watt
05/15/16 St. Louis, MO Firebird
05/16/16 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
05/17/16 Detroit, MI Shelter
05/19/16 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
05/20/16 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
05/21/16 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
06/02/16 Primavera Sound
06/04/16 Kilbi Festival
Micah Schnabel is a singer/songwriter from Ohio. No, he’s not that at all actually, he’s a storyteller who happens to stand on stage with a guitar and make his voice sound pretty. Micah’s style is something that truly cannot be explained through words. It’s almost like the guitar is the background music to his beautifully written lyrics. Honestly, screw the guitar... he didn’t even need it. It just seemed to make him a bit more comfortable on stage. His voice isn’t polished sounding, it’s not auto-tuned, hell, some of the time it’s not even in tempo with what he's playing on the guitar but that’s what made it so perfect.
Micah’s lyrics are perfect. He even has a line in one of his songs about when you hear a song and you feel like it’s written just for you.... that’s how every single one of his songs hit me. Each time he sang a line, the hairs on my arms started to stand up. His lyrics are so personable that at times it kind of sounds like he is pulling the thoughts right out of the dark places in your head and saying them aloud. Like his lyric about wanting a face tattoo but it would break his mother’s heart. Who uses that line in a song? No one. Who has had that thought before? Pretty much everyone (okay, maybe it’s just Micah and I but I’m sure there’s more).
The members of Beach Slang seemed just as shocked as I was at the sheer amount of people that came out to see them on a Monday night. It wasn't a sold out show but it sure was packed for this new band. Once they started playing, it all made sense. I understood why so many people decided to venture out on a Monday night to see them.
The band members themselves just seemed like super fun guys. That sounds really lame but that’s definitely something that will make me instantly fall in love with a band. Although they took the music seriously, they didn’t take themselves seriously and that makes it easier for the crowd to loosen up and just have a good time.
These guys only have one full length album out and it felt like they played majority of that release along with a couple covers including a beautiful cover of The Replacements’ “Can't Hardly Wait” and “Bastards of Young”. Their covers didn’t just copy whatever band they were covering, they sounded completely like Beach Slang. That’s when a cover turns into something magical. I knew that they didn't write that song but because they didn’t just get up there and completely copy The Replacements, I will remember how their version sounded because it caught me. It was unfamiliarly familiar and it was perfect.
The tribute to the ‘Mats made sense, because they are huge fans of the Replacements and got Tommy Stinson produced their debut Find People Who Feel Like Us (as they previously mentioned last September), available now Polyvinyl Records.
Beach Slang at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (25 April 2016)