Beach Slang mastermind, James Alex has announced the next record from his Quiet Slang project, with the band’s first, full-length album, ‘Everything Matters But No One Is Listening‘, set for release May 18th via Dew Process.

Under the Quiet Slang moniker, Alex released the EP ‘We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags‘ in 2017. The EP was a reimagining of Beach Slang’s own, fuzzed up, power rock originals, as well as covers of some of their all-time favourite artists (The Replacements, Big Star), in stripped-down arrangements, with just cello, piano, and James’ raw, emotive voice.

The project served to be such a hit move, that it has now expanded to a full album, including the first official single ‘Dirty Cigarettes‘.

Speaking about the video, Alex says,

You can be born into damage, into being forgotten. That stuff sticks with you, you know? You sort of just swirl around, looking for something that makes you feel like you might matter. Sometimes you get lucky and that feeling shows up. Other times, it’s tougher. ‘Dirty Cigarettes’ was filmed in an empty church reception hall the day after a wedding — a strange mix of love and loneliness. Something about that felt right. And for an afternoon, I felt like I could stop looking.


If Beach Slang is me fawning over The Replacements, Quiet Slang is me head-over-heels for Stephin Merritt. Rock and roll is sort of my consolation prize for wanting to have been a writer.

It’s a humble admission from the frontman of the Philadelphia outfit, a critically-acclaimed, fiery punk quartet whose raucous gigs often find the songwriter’s earnest lyrics bellowed back at him. Quiet Slang is a direct confrontation to the trembling walls of distortion that serve as Beach Slang’s raison d’être.

Alex linked up with longtime co-producer Dave Downham for ‘Everything Matters But No One Is Listening‘, who worked with him in bringing on cellist Dan Delaney and pianist Keith Giosa. Rounding out the crew were Stacey Downham, Matt Weber, Charlie Lowe and New Jersey quartet The Warhawks, who lent their voices to evoke what Alex describes as a “back alley choir.”

Though a new Beach Slang record is next up on Alex’s docket, he’s open to the possibility of more Quiet Slang. The project’s second release, he notes, would contain original songs. Regardless of its future, however, he hopes the project can convey one simple thing.

Tenderness. I suppose that sounds overly simplified. But, still, it makes it no less sincere. Look, I’m trying to soften the world a little bit—there’s worse ways to be remembered.

Everything Matters But No One Is Listening‘ is available for pre-order [Here].