West Thebarton have today delivered their brand new single Tops, alongside a new video, limited edition 7″ pre-orders and some tasty tour dates with A. Swayze & 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
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”.
WEST THEBARTON – THE TOPS TOUR
With special guests: A. Swayze & The Ghosts
Tix on sale now WESTTHEBARTON.COM
Friday May 31
The Gov, ADELAIDE
Friday June 7
Saturday June 8
The Cambridge, NEWCASTLE
Sunday June 9
The Corner, MELBOURNE
Saturday June 15
The Rosemount, PERTH
Friday June 21
The Triffid, BRISBANE
Saturday June 22
Miami Shark Bar, GOLD COAST
LIMITED EDITION TOPS 7”
Side A – Tops
Side B – You’ve Got The Love (triple j Like A Version)