Tonight sees West Thebarton in Rosemount Hotel’s main room, with support from Supernaked, and A Swayze and The Ghosts.
Reading, Leeds, Pukkelpop, national Living End tour, triple j’s Like A Version, ARIAs, India, Falls, sold out hometown shows and now a freshly inked international deal with Kobalt Publishing… Yeah, West Thebarton are feelin’ pretty wrecked right now. It’s unsurprising then that their brand new single ‘Tops’ is a plea for respite centring on that very phrase.
‘Tops’ details a malignant mental exhaustion, too. As the good Reverend Ray explains, “This song is about those times in your life when you know you should feel so fucking good about yourself, but all you can focus on is negative.”
Been there, done that, Rev.
The video for ‘Tops’ was shot by Nick Astanei at the magnificent seven’s sold out show at Lion Arts Factory earlier this year, and in the sordid side streets of Adelaide.
‘Tops’ is a real rock anthem. And yes, people use the term ‘anthem’ liberally, but West Theb sure know how to pen a slow building ditty that rips into an explosive singalong.
You can bet your bottom dollar there’ll be some shouty moments on the ‘Tops’ tour, too. The band have just announced they’ll run the gauntlet from Adelaide to the Gold Coast this winter in support of the new single. They might even throw in a rendition of their Florence and the Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’ cover, which conveniently features on Side B of the limited edition Tops 7″ (available to pre-order now).
Tasmania’s incredible A Swayze & The Ghosts will join them on the seven date jaunt. Dunno how they all fit in the van but you best believe that after this long on the road, the band is real good at tetris.
And in case you’re worried about The Rev, ravished by self-doubt in the face of West Theb’s many successes? “One particularly dark day, I gave my partner a call” he explains, “and she just paused and said, “fuck it, live in the sunshine”.