Dear Chester, I only realised a few days ago that it’s nearly been a year …
Beach Slang frontman Alex James has announced the debut album for everybody’s favourite band-within-a-band Quiet Slang.
The album, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, is set for release through Dew Process on Friday 18 May. The ‘band’ have also released the first single from the album; Dirty Cigarettes, which originally featured on the 2014 Beach Slang release Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street.
Dirty Cigarettes also comes with a video; filmed in an empty church reception hall the day after a wedding. It features Laura Burhenn from Mynabirds, and Heather McIntosh of Elephant 6 and of Montreal.
Quiet Slang came into the picture last year with the announcement of We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags; an EP worth of songs that took Beach Slang’s fuzzed up, power rock tracks and stripped them to their core. Relying on just piano, vocals, and cello; it was a re-imagining of the Beach Slang catalogue, with a few covers thrown in for good measure.
“If Beach Slang is me fawning over The Replacements, Quiet Slang is me head-over-heels for Stephin Merrit,” Alex says, talking about the project. “Rock and roll is sort of my consolation prize for wanting to have been a writer.”
The new album from Quiet Slang seems to be an even bigger serving of what we got on the original EP. Alex has teamed up with longtime co-producer Dave Downham for the album. While all eyes are set on a new Beach Slang record after this release, Alex has not ruled out the possibility of more Quiet Slang releases. He has said however, that a second album would feature new original material.
Quiet Slang’s debut album Everything Matters But No One Is Listening is out Friday 18 May via Dew Process. Pre-orders for the album are available now.