James Alex, frontman of the great Philly punk band Beach Slang, used to lead Weston, and he’s been kicking around the punk rock universe for 20 years. That means he’s old enough to remember the days when college-rock giants like World Party and the Bodeans walked the earth. Next month, Beach Slang will release their fiery debut LP The Things We Do To Find People Like Us, and we’ve already posted songs like “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas” and “Young & Alive.” Before they get to that, though, they’ll release a cassette of covers called Here I Made This For You on 10/17, Cassette Store Day. As Consequence Of Sound reports, the tape will include Beach Slang’s versions of songs by Ride, Senseless Things, the Plimsouls, and Best Kissers In The World; I haven’t even thought about some of those bands in years. It’ll also include the band’s take on Dramarama’s desperate, lovelorn 1985 alt-rock anthem “Anything, Anything.” Beach Slang don’t change a lot about the song, but they do dial up the exuberance, and the end result kicks a whole lot of ass. Listen to it below.
The Things We Do To Find People Like Us is out 10/30 on Polyvinyl. Here I Made This For You is out 10/17, and it’s limited to 500 copies.