“Young & Alive” stands in contrast to the emotional axis expressed on “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas,” the first track that Beach Slang shared from their upcoming full-length debut.. While the latter has a sunnier disposition and treats youth as an opportunity for growth, “Young & Alive” sounds like the last gasps of a dying beast. It’s weary, thrashing, and cathartic; the mantra-as-chorus here exists as a desperate statement of fact. “We are young and alive” — by repeating it and believing in it so deeply, James Alex wills the feeling into existence. The track starts off with a high intensity and builds to something even bigger: the drums sound stadium-ready, the riff deep and intense. It’s affirming, as all of the Philadelphia band’s songs are, but in a darker and more direct way. It takes in all the anger, frustration, and confusion that comes with youth, and spits that back out with raging fire. Listen below.
The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us is out 10/30 via Polyvinyl.