Upon meeting James Alex, it dawned on me that he is a very affable and timid man. And upon further exploration, shyness is a trait he would agree suffering from at times. Although the aforementioned bashfulness is certainly forfeited once Beach Slang hits the stage.

Photo Credit: © Andrew Perkins 2017

James nervously answered questions from a multitude of media types slightly fidgeting with each question. Yet, he was thoughtful and succinct with his answers. During our conversation, he loosened up and I was able to see a sly smile upon his countenance, displaying a bit of mischievousness.

Our dialogue centered upon touring and the yet to be announced tour with Repeat Repeat, which I believe is a perfect blend of surf pop influence with indie/punk rock swing. James concurred stating “I’m honored to be touring with such a great band and talented musicians.” When pressed about the variance in the two bands musical styles, his response was “What difference?” “It’s all energy when you hit the stage.”

Photo Credit: © Andrew Perkins 2017

This energy James refers to ravages the stage once Beach Slang initiates their set. The crowd was highly anticipating the forthcoming show. I was standing next to a couple who were advocating for Beach Slang. They readily shared with me the play by play of potential set lists, movements of the band, as well as guitar playing antics of James.

Photo Credit: © Andrew Perkins 2017

Needless to say, the music was raw power. Mixing classic punk rock with an indie rock flavor. Personally, I was stoked when the band flawlessly unleashed a vigorous version of “Future Mixtapes For The Art Kids”. I was overwhelmingly impressed with the totality of stage presence, vocals, and tightness of the band. I wish them all the best on the new tour and God Bless Rock n Roll!

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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.