September 13, 2017
Last night the Philadelphia-based punk band Beach Slang performed at the Pyramid Scheme. The band was formed in 2013 by frontman James Alex, bassist Ed McNulty, drummer JP Flexner, and guitarist Ruben “GUY-eh-go” (Gallego). Alex was a former member of the popular local ‘90s band Weston. Following the release of two EPs in 2014, the band signed with Polyvinyl and released their debut album, The Things We Do to People Who Feel Like Us, in 2015.
2016 saw the release of their second album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. It was a high point in what would be a chaotic year for the band. In April at a show in Salt Lake City, the band seemed to announce their break up to the crowd. At the show Alex told the crowd this would be their final show and Gallego slammed his guitar on the ground and walked off the stage. Flexner exited the band following the incident. After the already-recorded album was released, Gallego also parted ways. The two were replaced by Aurore Ounjian of Mean Creek and Cully Symington of Afghan Whigs. The new lineup performed last night!