Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street EP
Until the Replacements release that reunion record—or Jawbreaker decide to get back together—fans of shaggy, melodic punk have to be content with Philadelphia's Beach Slang. That's no lame consolation prize, though: The band's second stellar 2014 EP produced by Descendents' Stephen Egerton, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, is cut from the same cloth as the earlier Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? EP. Ragged bar-band riffs, James Snyder's gravel-pit vocals and emoting, and desperate drumming dominate the o.g.-Goo Goo Dolls-sounding “All Fuzzed Out” and the midtempo “Dirty Cigarettes,” while highlight “American Girls And French Kisses” is storming, frenzied punk. Only the EP-closing acoustic number “We Are Nothing” lags a little; otherwise, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street cranks up anticipation for a Beach Slang full-length.
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