Beach Slang Setlist|
Being first band on the bill is tough, as we have previously mentioned, and the band made a point to thank people for showing up early... and every so often would mention the band’s name.
The two sisters Jennifer Clavin and Jessica Clavin were previously in Mika Miko, another band that I wrote about in 2008 and recommended their music.
The stage was dressed in roses and lit-up lights as the band came on stage to play some songs from their latest Welcome the Worms. Midway into their set, they covered The Misfits’ ‘Skulls’... just in time for the Halloween spirit, of course.
Although billed as Beach Slang (not to be confused with Christian metal band Sinai Beach .... sorry had to keep the theme alive!), it really was a solo acoustic tour from singer and songwriter James Alex. It made sense, given that it’s hard to get everyone on the same page when it comes to touring. After all, most people have work and obligations. It also gave Alex more freedom to play whatever he wanted, especially if the band didn’t know the right chords for some cover songs, etc... as a result, Alex’s set changes from night to night.
As you can see on the photograph of his setlist, he did not follow it at all. In fact, the setlist was more of a suggestion rather than a roadmap. Before the fourth song (The Replacements’ ‘Alex Chilton’), Alex finally spoke, “I’m from Philadelphia, but I feel like I’m home here!”
The first time we saw Beach Slang, when they were on tour for their Find People Who Feel Like Us record in Sep 2015, we knew they were big ‘Mats fans. They were touring with the Replacements’ bassist Tommy Stinson, and confessed that “Every record I own is from here [Minneapolis],” referring to the Replacements, Prince and Hüsker Dü.
If you’re a punk rock, Minneapolis-rock fan, this is a great, fun, singalong show to attend.
Remaining tour dates:
11/5 Mcdade, TX Sherwood Forest Faire
11/7 Glasgow, UK Mono
11/8 London, UK Scala
11/9 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
11/10 Brighton, UK The Haunt
11/12 Brussels, Belgium Witloof Room
11/13 Hamburg, Germany Knust
11/14 Hanover, Germany LUX
11/15 Berlin, Germany Lido
11/17 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island
11/18 Bezirk Ottakring, Austria Chelsea
11/19 Winterthur, Switzerland -- Albani
11/20 Munich, Germany -- Ampere
11/21 Muenster, Germany -- Sputnikhalle
11/22 Cologne, Germany -- Gebaude 9
11/23 -- Paris, France -- La Maroquinerie
11/25 -- Barcelona, Spain -- La 2 d'Apollo
11/26 -- Madrid, Spain -- Moby Dick
* w/ Bleached
Beach Slang at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (28 October 2016)