Cheap Girls, Beach Slang, Gunshy | Township | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Cheap Girls, Beach Slang, Gunshy 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 10, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $13
The gruff, emotive vocals and chiming, jangly guitars of Philadelphia’s Beach Slang mostly represent a blend of post-Jawbreaker pop-punk and Replacements-style indie rock, with the studio sheen and production on the EPs Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? and Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street—both of which were released this year via Dead Broke Rekerds—reminiscent of how an early-aughts emo or early-90s alt-rock record might sound right off the press. That sounds like the cheesiest combination in the world, but the albums are brilliant front to back, packed with nostalgic vibes, endless hooks, and heartfelt melodies. Light on melodrama and heavy on anthemic catchiness, each album has great replay value, and the songs remain magnetic even as their ringing open chords and snappy drumming push into Gin Blossoms and Goo Goo Dolls territory. —Luca Cimarusti
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