Despite the success of punk band Beach Slang’s 2015 album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, rumors of the band breaking up emerged in April after frontman James Alex announced, “We were Beach Slang” at a live show (however, the band later denied their breakup in a Facebook post).
Earlier today, drummer JP Flexner announced in a lengthy Facebook post that he would be leaving the band. The reason why Flexner was leaving Beach Slang was not made clear in the post, but he plans to work on his design and illustration career, and is open to being the drummer for another established band. Flexner wrote:
I sincerely wish James, Ed and Ruben and the rest of team ‘Slang nothing but the absolute very best; Dave Downham (Engineer, Producer), Spencer, Dan (former live members), Randy, Eric, Brooks (managers), Justin and Ed (US/Euro booking agents) Matt and Seth and all the folks at Polyvinyl, Dana (Publicist, crowd surfer), Richard (lawyer) all of the Tour Managers we’ve worked with in the last two years, especially my buddy Jon – THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH. Really – it was nothing short of a life-changing and pleasurable experience to work with you. And not to sound cliche, but all the incredibly sweet people whom I met at shows and the fellow musicians I had the honor of playing those shows with on the many tours and festivals along the way. You all are the greatest thing to come of an already awesome experience. Please, don’t be strangers. SERIOUSLY. I won’t be! And of course it could go without saying but it shouldn’t – all of my friends, family members and clients (current and former) who put up with the crazy schedule changes, last minute let-downs, time-difference-dependent phone calls, missed birthdays, anniversaries, deadlines and other weirdness – I LOVE YOU. Your being so supportive made the last few years even possible.
The band responded with a brief, but warm Facebook post of their own.
Read Flexner’s full post here, and watch Beach Slang’s James Alex perform “Ride the Wild Haze” in the Paste Studio below.