The Slang Bringing DESPERATE TIMES to Philly Next Month

If you haven’t heard DC’s The Slang and fancy yourself a fan of bands like Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, and Nada Surf, you’re missing out. This indie rock outfit from the nation’s capital dropped the EP, Desperate Times, just recently and will be coming to Philly in early November to share it live with all of us at the IPO Festival. This year’s IPO Philadelphia will be at 118 North in Wayne, PA and The Slang will playing on November 2nd at 11:45 pm. So, now is the time to start listening to their awesome tunes, so you can be ready to sing along.

The 3-piece DC rock band producers Mark Needham (The Killers, The Airborne Toxic Event) and Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys) to release 5 tracks of the type of emotive indie rock that many folks my age grew accustomed to in the late 90s and early 2000s, but doesn’t always get its due today. With pop hooks, post-punk sensibilities, and tight musicianship, the Desperate Times EP is a showcase of what makes The Slang worthy of being included in films and shows from HBO, USA network, and Troma Films. Their sound is both accessible and non-generic. For that, it’s hard to deny that they should be getting more love nationally and internationally.

Their first two singles (below) are a great taste for what this EP and what this band are all about. “Is It Any?” and “One Step At a Time” are as strong a pair of singles as anything bigger bands in the alternative rock world have released anytime in recent memory. If you find yourself gravitating towards the bands listed above or towards bands sometimes labeled as “emo”, I suspect these two singles will sell you on grabbing up the EP – which you should.

If you can’t get to 118 North on the 2nd, they won’t hold it against you, I’m sure; but, for my money, it doesn’t get better than a fresh young band with the ability to blend some of my favorites into their own sound, which is what The Slang is. For more info on the show and on the EP, head over to, where you can also check out their great cover of the classic Cure tune “Love Song”.

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