October 3, 2017 |

Beach Slang – 2000 Trees Interview

Beach Slang – 2000 Trees Interview

October 3, 2017 |

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I had a chat with James Alex, the vocalist from Philly punk band Beach Slang, ahead of his 2000 Trees headline set on The Axiom stage later that evening. We chatted about UK festivals, Riot Fest and the benefits of a tumultuous couple of years for Beach Slang

You haven’t had too much time at the festival yet unfortunately?

Yeah as soon as we arrive at festivals we have a couple of hours with press then we like to wonder round the site.

You’re one of the highest placed American (foreign) bands on a heavily British festival what’s that like?

It feels pretty incredible. It knocked me back when I first got the poster. I think this is the highest we’ve ever been billed on a festival. I remember I called a friend right away and said “we’re in big type on this one”. So it felt incredibly special. I mean the UK has been incredibly supportive of us, almost right out of the kick. So it’s like to now be here is awesome. All our friends say this is their favourite festival, and to have that much of a nod to us is pretty right on.

Do you feel a bit of pressure as you’re clashing with one of the headliners?

I suppose there is but you know we just sort of put our heads down and give it our all. And fingers crossed that people will show up and be there. That’s the cool thing about festivals, there’s always people spread out and enough things on. So I’m putting my money on that and that people will show up.

You’ve got an acoustic set later on tonight as well, how do approach that differently to a full set?

I love them so much that it’s pretty easy. I get quite excited when people ask me to them. Because we’re so defined as a loud, sweaty, drunk band that I forget that people are Ok with the quieting down and it getting more tender. I get quite excited with it and go into it that way as I would a live show. There’s something kinda nice about being out at quarter to midnight in the countryside playing soft songs. So I’m pretty ready for that tonight for sure.

Are there any bands on the lineup that you’d recommend checking out?

The person we’re doing our next big headline US tour with is playing here and I was just gonna say that but I’ll get in trouble with everybody. Our friends from Muncie Girls are here, and the first time we ever played the UK Dean from Muncie drove us around. We played Nottingham with The Wonder Years and they’re here tonight, so excited to hang out with them. The Front Bottoms I just absolutely love. We did Reading and Leeds with them last year and I got to see them and thought they were just phenomenal.