Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai and Alex is Dirty Beaches. The boutique label holy-grail maker engineers tracks of dirty croon-filled depths. His stage presence has an amalgam of personifications peering through it; although, their intention is rightfully mysterious. We saw glimpses of Chuck Berry and Elvis through the dimly lit stage and sludgy tracks. Based out of Canada, Dirty Beaches comes through Philadelphia several times a year and we are damn lucky for it.
A Dirty Beaches show touches on auditory sensibilities difficult to define but easy to appreciate. Blazing new trails in sonic bliss, the band graced the FUC stage on May 3rd, 2012 and delivered a reverent performance to his musical influences and the lucky crowd. Grinding through numerous tracks and ferociously brandishing his guitar Alex, with his Dirty Beaches bandmate, provided us with yet another exhibit behind the crime of missing his live performance. You can beat the case by catching his July 23rd performance at Johnny Brenda’s after his Spanish tour. In the meantime, we have some dark and dirty videos: