Beddy Rays, Towns, Stormy Lou @ The Gov, Adelaide 27/8/2022

The Beddy Rays nailed the first leg of their debut album tour which included Adelaide at the home of live music The Gov. This was a great and definitely worth getting their early to see the supports in Towns and Stormy Lou who were both flying the Adelaide flag proudly.

I must of missed the memo but openers Stormy Lou played a rousing set after being giving the last minute call up to cover for Bakers Eddy who pulled out through illness. Making the most of the opportunity they played a super tight set to a big crowd who came down early. Keep an eye out on this band, there’s plenty of potential for bigger things in future. Songs Getting Older and Nothing To Me were great but the Amy Winehouse cover Valerie with Jacko from the Beddy Rays was just the tonic to get the crowd involved.

Towns! These guys are cool! It doesn’t matter where they are playing, who they are supporting or whoever the audience is one thing you can be guaranteed is that they give one hundred and ten percent leaving nothing on the table. Their set opened withy Boring and Ashton did say he would try and win everyone over in a minute. Fire In My Head and Season 5 (Break My Fall) were great but it’s the show stoppers they pull out and tonight it was the cover of Smash Mouth’s All Star that got the crowd going. There was a quick comedy routine from Daniel about Jeff the polar bear to add even more value to the show experience. I Don’t Mind was followed by an impromptu Black Betty teaser before finishing on Safe To Stay which got the crowd singing.

Beddy Rays were last here for Spin Off and they made quite the impression back then. With their debut album out these guys are riding high and if any band is going to put a stamp on 2022 being their year it is definitely the Beddy Rays. They play with gusto, energy and an intensity that excites the crowd. Right from first drop it was on. Coffee Stops, Week On Repeat and Feels Nice just rocketed along at great pace. Not one track was missed from the album and from the band’s perspective it would have been super cool looking out to seeing the crowd absolutely jumping, moshing and singing all these songs back to them.

Jacko described FOTU as absolutely beautiful praising Adelaide saying that this was the best show on tour so far. On My Own and Sort It Out were great before bringing it down a bit as it was a bit “hectic” out in the crowd. Brin’s Song was a poignant moment in the set where Jacko could honour the memory of his sister who passed last year. Played acoustically this was one of those golden moments.

The crowd went nuts on Handful and the song that inspired Milk was Lewy’s tattoo which he showed to the crowd. Set staple Coming Home from their debut EP Lost Around Beat Around was tops. Jacko explained that Easy Man was one of those songs that might not of made the album. Thelma Plum cover Better In Blak was a great set inclusion and the cover teasers of Toto’s Hold The Line and AC/DC’s Highway To Hell got the crowd a bit excitable. Awesome way to finish the main set with their popular hit Sobercoaster. With the crowd chanting for one more songs as they left the stage for the encore break they returned playing Better Weather. Great show!

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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