INTERVIEW: James Alex of Beach Slang talks about Forecastle, his band’s name & more!

Can you believe that Forecastle is this week? If you haven’t already figured out what bands are going on your personal schedule you still have one day to figure it out. One band that has made their way onto my “must see” list is Beach Slang. Their brand of punky indie rock stirs up my inner teenager as they bring back memories that I thought I had lost from all of the headbanging to punky indie rock bands.

If you haven’t already check out their latest EP Here, I Made This For You (Beach Slang Mixtape, VOL 2 below:

I was lucky enough to have their frontman James Alex answer a few questions about what they’ve been up to and what they have planned for Forecastle. Catch them Saturday, July 15th at 8pm on The Port Stage.

Never Nervous: Before ever hearing your band, I was immediately drawn to the name. Where does it come from?

James Alex: When I was a kid, I used to skateboard with a girl named Elizabeth. She was an actual weapon of kindness. She made the whole world softer. And loved laughing at the way I spoke. Too many “right ons” and “totallys” I suppose. But, yeah, she called it a language and named it “Beach Slang.” I guess this was my clumsy way of thanking her for keeping me off adolescent ledges.

NN: You guys have been playing some shows with epic lineups, what was it like playing with bands like Green DayRancid, and The Dropkick Murphy’s? Any interesting stories?

JA: It was as unreal and perfect as you daydream it might be. I’m still float-walking around.

NN: Your latest EP, Here, I Made This For You (Beach Slang Mixtape, VOL 2) immediately brings back so many memories because of both the title and the cover art. This theme of adolescence is prevalent in most of your music, is that a predetermined choice or is it where your inspiration comes from?

JA: I think those things are so carved into me they just sort of naturally fall out. There’s an importance to that charge, that fervor, that wonder. I’m always confused by people who feel they need to let it go at some point. That stuff’s the light. Clutch it.

NN: Everyone in the band has had some success in other bands in the past. How does that affect your approach to Beach Slang? Are tours easier? Is there a “been there, done that” attitude that makes everything a little more laid back?

JA: I think things are a bit easier in the way that we all know how to tour, how to get banged up, how to push through. But, yeah, “been there, done that” is a gateway drug to jadedness and complacency. And theres no way I’m letting that junk in. Rock & roll deserves better.

“But, yeah, “been there, done that” is a gateway drug to jadedness and complacency.”

NN: For people coming to Forecastle that haven’t heard your music yet, what do you want them to know, see, or hear?

JA: Hmmm, I’m not sure. I suppose that’s best left to them. For me, I guess I’m hoping they’ll feel something—mostly, that things are going to be alright, that we’ve got each other and that’s all we’ve ever needed.

NN: What can we expect from your Forecastle set?

JA: Drunk, sweaty, loud, tender honesty.

“Drunk, sweaty, loud, tender honesty.”

NN: Who are you looking forward to seeing at Forecastle?

JA: Charles Bradley (man, I wish I could steal that voice), John MorelandSpoonConor OberstWeezerLCD SoundsystemLucy DacusRun The JewelsFoxygenTycho and STRFKR

NN: What are you listening to on the road right now?

JA: Right now? As in, as I’m writing this? “Stay Away From Downtown” by Redd Kross.