James Alex Closes Out Quiet Slang Tour Next Monday at Rough Trade NYC
July 05, 2018
James Alex is most well known for fronting Philadelphia’s Paul Westerberg–influenced Beach Slang. But after being asked to do a solo version of the band’s loud, angsty rock tunes for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, he decided to begin performing and recording solo and acoustic as Quiet Slang. The first EP, We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags (stream it below), came out last summer, which “finds frontman James Alex’s wounded voice and wistful lyrics underscored only by piano and cello arrangements,” according to Consequence of Sound. “The four-song release features renditions of two different cuts from last year’s A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings—‘Future Mixtape for the Art Kids’ and ‘Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas’—as well as covers of the Replacements and Big Star.” This past May, he returned with the full-length Everything Matters but No One Is Listening (stream it below). “Here are a set of new iterations of Slang favorites, previously delivered with a feedback wall of fury, now presented with cello, piano and voice. It works remarkably well,” noted Under the Radar. “This is an utterly gorgeous record that moves, inspires and invites mixtape inclusion at every turn, Alex’s punk rock transformed into ethereal hymns to love and comradeship. A true delight.” Find out how it all sounds live when James Alex closes out his Quiet Slang tour at Rough Trade NYC next Monday night. Another Philly singer-songwriter, Abi Reimold, opens the show.