After his band established themselves as one of the most exciting new voices of rock in 2016, Beach Slang‘s James Alex has now announced he’s ready to show fans a new side of his music with the release of his new “Quiet Slang” EP, We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags – out October 20 via Dew Process.
The EP was announced with a cover of his own song ‘Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas’ from Beach Slang’s breakout album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, indicating the tender and intimate nature of this special new project that features Alex playing solo with a contributing pianist and cellist.
Speaking of his decision to make this “Quiet Slang” EP, Alex says, “I suppose we’re all chasing something that resembles salvation, something that calms our bones. Maybe this is some small slice of that. Maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s chaos in soft clothes. Maybe it’s frightened. Maybe it’s fearless. Maybe it’s both. Or maybe it’s nothing. I don’t know, but I think about this: one day I’m going to be dust. And when my soul splits, maybe this will be the thing that sneaks me through the gates. If not, well, those are the breaks.”
We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags includes two covers of Alex’s own music, as well as a cover of The Replacements’ ‘Androgynous’ alongside Big Star’s ‘Thirteen,’ which Noisey described as, “a fitting homage to Alex Chilton’s original, swapping out the acoustic guitar for piano and cello to create a swirling, lullaby-style take on it.”
Alex himself explains his decision to cover ‘Thirteen’ as being a tribute to a band that had a huge impact on his life. “The first song I ever heard by Big Star was ‘September Gurls’. The second was ‘Thirteen’. After that, everything was different. I couldn’t define it or categorize it or even come close to figuring it out. It was just this haunting, weirdo, alien pop. And it walloped me. Some stuff is like that, you know? It rattles you around, shakes you loose, confuses you, fixes you. Too many things are made to make sense. Not everything should. So, yeah, this is me playing dress-up, chasing that same strange feeling, buzzing with confusion. Man, I hope I did alright.”
Beach Slang established themselves as Australian favourites in 2016 with The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us landing a prestigious place as a triple j Feature Album, and with the band touring the country to perform at Splendour In The Grass, as well as a string of packed out sideshows.
The Quiet Slang EP is only set to cement that relationship further, and the covers of ‘Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas’ and ‘Thirteen’ are out now, with the rest of the EP available for pre-order ahead of its October release.