The Washington Beach Bums planned this weekend's gig at Ace of Cups as a fifth birthday celebration. There's just one problem: The band actually formed six years ago.

The Washington Beach Bums planned this weekend's gig at Ace of Cups as a fifth birthday celebration. There's just one problem: The band actually formed six years ago.

"When I booked the show … I thought we were booking our five-year anniversary, and Johnny Spacebuxxx messaged me and was like, 'You do know it's been six years, right?' said a laughing Pretty Frank Dynamite, who joined fellow founder Joey Pizza for an early November interview at a downtown bar (everyone in the collective performs under a pseudonym). "I guess I lost a year in there."

Considering the band's hard-partying reputation, which surfaces everywhere from its song titles (the group's 2012 debut is littered with tracks like "Four Loko," "The Night I Almost Died" and "Party It Up!") to its raucous stage shows, a few issues with short-term memory shouldn't surprise.

"We write these songs to be things you could sing at the after party with your friends," Dynamite said. "There's a duty when we play a show. We don't want to show up to the party and not bring any party favors."

The trend continues on the Bums' new full-length cassette, aptly titled Still Partyin', which will receive its official release at this weekend's anniversary show. Despite the group's freewheeling reputation, sessions for the album actually stretched out over a number of years and spanned multiple formations (Dynamite said the recordings feature more than a dozen current and former members, many of whom will make guest appearances at the concert). Additionally, sessions took place at an Olde Towne East warehouse space rather than the group's spiritual home of Washington Beach, a small North Campus neighborhood that served as an early stomping ground.

"Washington Beach is a state of mind," Dynamite said. "It's anywhere and everywhere. It's a constant state of partying."

It's even in the band members' adopted monikers, which have some basis in reality - "I'm Pretty Frank Dynamite not because I'm good looking, but because I tell it like it is, and Terry DeBeers, Terry DeBeers carries the beers and he engineers," Dynamite said - but are designed to lend the members a bigger, more impactful presence onstage.

"I feel like larger, louder version of myself [onstage]. A guy who's a little more grandiose, a little more full of himself, [and] who thinks his jokes are a little funnier than they are," Dynamite said. "And that's maybe not a bad thing. That's the ethereal charm of rock 'n' roll."

Ace of Cups

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

2619 N. High St., Old North

aceofcupsbar.com

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