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Don’t Worry, Beach Slang Are Not Breaking Up

Frontman James Alex allegedly announced onstage on Thursday night that their Salt Lake City gig would be their last-ever show

Update 2: Rest easy, looks like Beach Slang are not calling it quits. Frontman James Alex just posted a statement on the band’s Facebook page confirming that they are not breaking up. “I am gigantically sorry,” the singer-guitarist wrote, apologizing to fans. “I am going to make good on making it up to you. Cross my heart… If you’re still in, we are.”

Read the entire statement (which opens with a very on-brand anecdote about the Replacements) below. And look forward to Beach Slang’s second studio album, which, if everything goes according to plan, will likely (and thankfully) be out this fall.

“Westerberg was playing his favorite guitar […]. Suddenly, he grabbed it by the body and slammed the neck down on the amplifier and splintered it completely. Afterwards, soundman Brendan McCabe approached him in shock: ‘Paul what the hell did you do that for. How could you wreck that guitar? You loved that thing.’ ‘Well that’s the difference between me and you Brendan,’ he told him. ‘You cherish things you love. Me? I destroy them.’”

The first time I read this part of Trouble Boys, I thought, “Fuck, maybe there’s really something to that. Maybe there’s romanticism in destroying the things you love.” Or maybe I’m just a messed up kid who thinks he never deserved any of this. I don’t know. After I left the stage in Salt Lake, thinking I was ending Beach Slang, I was walking down the street, back to the hotel, when a girl from the show ran up to me, hugged me so sincerely, and said, “Don’t do this. We need you.” Straight away, I realized I was wrong. There is nothing sweet, there is no light, and there is nothing romantic when the thing you love is broken.

Salt Lake, for the car crash last night and Boise, for fumbling on you, I am gigantically sorry—even bigger than that. I am going to make good on making it up to you. Cross my heart.

This, and all of you, mean too much to me. I love you with thunder. I love you all the way.

So, yeah, Seattle, we are still coming to your good city, wild-eyed and ready, our hearts bashed back into shape.

If you’re still in, we are.

For us—all of us,
James Alex

Update 1: A Twitter user has uploaded footage of James Alex saying “We were Beach Slang” and demanding that the audience’s money be returned to them. It’s short and sad. Watch below.

Rumors are running rampant that Philly Replacements revivalists Beach Slang broke up onstage last night at their show at Salt Lake City’s Kilby Court. Fans who were at the show describe a scene where frontman James Alex announced onstage that this would be their last show and the crowd would be given refunds at the door. Below, some tweets from audience members:

An onlooker named @hiraeth90 posted to Instagram with a description of events, writing, “we all though it was a big theatric joke and after speeding through their set their other guitarist literally threw the guitar down and stormed out of the stage and James said that that was the last show following by him hitting his guitar against the stage and walking out… Did I just witness the final Beach Slang show?”

Ok NOBODY QUOTE ME UNTIL YOU HEAR IT FROM THE BAND!! I just had an interesting experience tonight, beach slang put on a fun show! But James kept making comments about this being the last Beach Slang show and how we should all get a refund and we all though it was a big theatric joke and after speeding through their set their other guitarist literally threw the guitar down and stormed out of the stage and James said that that was the last show following by him hitting his guitar against the stage and walking out… Did I just witness the final Beach Slang show? I really hope not, I really am hoping I’m being naïve and didn’t read through some theatrics, once again don’t quote me on this lets wait to hear it from the band first #kilbycourt #saltlakecity #slc #utah #beachslang

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