Most of us prep for big events in our lives. Getting ready for vacation. Business meetings. First dates. In my little universe, prep time for Forecastle Music Festival entails many things, such as perusing the artist list, listening to a multitude of different artists, gleaning what I can from online interviews and videos. All this in hopes of finding “that sound” that qualifies as an intense listen. Where does this lead me you might ask? Well in this case to Beach Slang!

Any regular concert goer has bands on their bucket list to see firsthand and many of us have bands that we have never heard of that blow us away on stage. And that’s what I see in Beach Slang. An intense sound that presents diversity to the listener. After taking in their second album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, song one “Future Mixtape for the Art Kids” absolutely won me over with the punk rock guitar intro and lyrics “Play it loud, play it fast, play me something that will always last”. From this point forward, I was jettisoned into an auditory blend of punk, pop, alt rock, classic rock, helping me realize there’s something here for every audiophile.

Yet, what really struck me was the band’s diversity in musicianship. To put it bluntly, I was blown away by Beach Slang’s Mixtape Volume Two rendition of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Sometimes Always”. It is an outstanding tribute to the 80’s English Alternative Rock Scene. There was a cosmic sense of being launched back into another decade and another scene that not only is nostalgic, but progressively current in today’s music scene.

James Alex and company bring us something hauntingly familiar, while also a sound that is refreshing and new.

I know where I’ll be Saturday at Forecastle and that will be attentively focused on Beach Slang – Saturday July 15, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – Port Stage See you there!

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I was raised on music. I had a great opportunities while growing up with older siblings to sneak into their LP collection and play Boston, Led Zeppelin, Triumph, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and all of the great artists of the 70’s. Musically I was introduced to piano and saxophone lessons at a very young age. But as most of do I was swayed to be involved in athletics versus a musical career.

While studying and earning an Environmental Science Degree at Purdue University and then a Physical Therapy Degree at Indiana University I started my music collection of cassette tapes, LP’s, CD’s and now of course digital songs. And yes I still have a cassette tape collection. Nevertheless here’s where I started taking an interest in capturing inspiring moments in the music world. After seeing Public Enemy open for U2 there’s where a light bulb went on. I had the bug.

Since 2006 and I have attended every Lollapalooza. And here’s where I cut my teeth on taking marginal photos. Over the last year I have shot over 150 different bands and there’s not a musical genre I’m not interested in shooting.

I absolutely cherish musical dialogue. Who’s your favorite band? Who are you shooting next? What was the last CD or album you purchased? Have you seen such and such band? It never gets old.

Besides photography I work full time as a Physical Therapist. I’m married to a wonderful lady and we have a precocious 1 year old baby boy. This summer you can catch me at Bunbury, Forecastle, Loufest, Lollapalooza, ROMP, Pilgrimage, Van’s music festivals.