Dead Broke (2014)
I had tweeted out a couple of weeks ago that I tend to get the record labels Dead Broke and Dirtcult mixed up a lot. Part of the problem is that I'm stupid and both labels begin with the letter D, but another part of it is that they both put out so many great records, I have a hard time keeping track which is which. Once upon a time you could always trust Lookout records and you could buy just about anything that came out or you could say the same thing about Alias records for a little bit there. In 2014, you're really not going to find many labels consistently putting out better records than these two. And that's where Beach Slang comes in.
Due to my never ending love for all things 90's, I probably would have picked this up no matter what as ex-Weston would have sold it to me. Not that I can say I'm a huge Weston fan or anything, but they certainly appeal to me more now than they did 20 years ago. That being said if you pitched this to me as ex-Weston, I wouldn't have expected Beach Slang to sound like they do.
All four songs on this 7" are significantly more melodic than anything Weston ever did. And while it maybe lacking just a bit in the punch department, you'll never miss it as the band has structured such warm, powerful songs. Musically they remind me of one of my all time favorite, but sadly forgotten bands, Tugboat Annie. Vocally, the singer has a much raspier voice that does a phenomenal job of conveying real emotion without disintegrating into yelling or shouting about everything. I also am incredibly lucky to have managed to snag one of the limited to 100 green vinyl copies. They sold out incredibly fast.
The band is already working on a full length and I for one cannot wait for it. As far as Dead Broke goes, you'll have to forgive me for not being able to write anymore about them as I have to go buy the Sonic Avenues LP they're reissuing right now.
Beach Slang - Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken 7":