By: Michael Cerio

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the brightest sparks to emerge from the recent surge of the Philadelphia music scene is the band Beach Slang.

Lead singer James Alex and company hit in a huge way last year with their full length debut The Things We Do To Find People That Feel Like Us – an album with its heart and influences stapled to its sleeve, deeply in debt to the snarl of The Replacements and the open emotional diary of Alex.

Something connected and clicked for both critics and passionate fans who have taken Beach Slang’s words to heart, and have even taken them as tattoos is some cases.

Less than a year later — the project born out of an art school adventure in Philadelphia — returned with their second album A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings in September. This time around, Alex turned to tap the vein of those devoted to the band who have shared with him their story along the way – echoing their emotions in a manner no less fierce.

(credit: Michael Cerio)

(credit: Michael Cerio)

Before heading back out on tour around the country, the band stopped home for a set at Electric Factory, part of the Project Pabst Citywide Festival this past weekend.

Prior to their set we sat down with lead singer James Alex to discuss being caught “in the swirl” of success this past year, the importance of music in his world, and how Philadelphia got to this musical moment.

Check out the full interview below, or watch the video here.


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