Less than a year has passed since Beach Slang released its debut LP, The Things We1 Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, and yet it almost surely felt like more to them. After near constant touring in support of the critically acclaimed record, the wheels started to rattle and shake. There was a stretch where the world thought the band had broken up, and drummer JP Flexner ultimately quit the group several weeks later.

But through the darkness, lead vocalist James Alex and his band of exceptionally earnest Replacements disciples have returned with the appropriately titled A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings. In terms of sound, not much has changed here. The Replacements, Psychedelic Furs and Jawbreaker have their influence smattered all over the place, and Alex still hollers his lyrics with such sincerity that eye rolls became head bangs.

The shift in lyrical content is a bit subtler. Beach Slang's brush with disbandment, as well as Alex's increasing preoccupation with death rather than life, seem to have given Teenage Feelings a slightly darker edge. This sort of content had been teased on the last record with the stellar (and still unmatched) 'Too Late To Die Young,' but the band breakup drama seems to have pushed the topic to the forefront.

When explaining that the band was staying together, Alex told Stereogum a story about how after the disastrous show that nearly ended everything, a girl convinced him to keep it together. "I'm walking down this alley, back to the hotel," Alex said. "And this girl comes running down, probably a couple of football fields away at that point. And she just grabs me and hugs me. Really tightly. Really sincerely. And she said, 'Please don't leave. We need you.'" When the guitars begin to chug on the album's first track, 'Future Mixtape For The Art Kids,' Alex wastes no time in singing, "Play it loud, play it fast/ Play me something that will always last/ Play it tough, play it quiet/ Play me something that might save my life." One cannot help but feel as though he is singing from the perspective of all the kids that need Beach Slang to stick around.

Teenage Feelings mostly feels like a continuation of the band's last LP (some songs, like 'Spin The Dial', hue a little too closely to tracks from the previous record), but this is hardly a knock considering that record was one of 2015's absolute best. And to hear a band of this calibre return after so many hard knocks and not miss a beat is something quite special.

Beach Slang's over-the-top, music-as-cure-all formula is delivered with such heartfelt sincerity that even the most stubborn folks must feel the need to jump around. Beach Slang makes songs that can make people feel like they fit in for the very first time. We should all be glad they are still around to give that kind of love, especially when it shows itself through some damn fine music.