Beddy Rays take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Beddy Rays to tell us all about themselves.

A song that made you want to make music? 

Toto Hold The Line

Best rider you have had? 

We were given the option to upgrade our rider last year and the first time we actually copped it was at the Lion Arts Factory in Adelaide. This thing was monster. A bottle of Jameson, a slab of XXXX Gold and a slab of Stone & Wood, a disposable film camera and a platter of sandwiches fit for a king.

Craziest moment in the band? 

When our song ‘Sobercoaster’ made it in at #57 on the Triple J Hottest 100. At the time we were at a party with all of our mates and when the song came on, all hell broke loose. It certainly won’t be forgotten any time soon! 

Deepest lyric one of your songs features? 

Our song Better Weather has some fairly ‘deep’ lyrics in the chorus. The line “It’s a pretty shit day outside, but it’s perfect weather” touches on someone having some dark thoughts and ill mental health and not wanting to go outside despite the weather being perfect.

Easiest song you wrote? 

Our song ‘Sort It Out’ came together the quickest out of any of our songs. It also happens to be the quickest of any of all of our songs.

Favourite song in your set? 

At the moment it would have to be Milk. We recently added a cool little part in to the live version of the track. We took it for a test run at a festival in North Queensland the other week and it worked out great.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record? 

Billie Joe Armstrong. Green Day have been a massive influence on us throughout our youth so it would be a dream come true.

Hardest thing about being in a band? 

It’s challenging for all four of us to be on the same wavelength about certain things.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Our drummer is the best guitarist out of all of us haha

Jokes you have in the band?

We have a silly inside joke about calling our bass player “bud bud” instead of his real name Brad. It’s probably the longest-running joke we have in the band. Poor bud bud. 

Key to writing a song? 

Write it on an acoustic guitar. If it sounds good acoustically, it’s gonna sound great as a full band song.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show? 

We played a festival in Thailand in 2019 which was a fair distance to travel. 

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced? 

Our mate Matthew Cochran for sure. This fella is a multi-instrumentalist and a weapon of a musician, to say the least. We had the pleasure of having him produce on a few of our album tracks and his musicianship and songwriting skills came in trumps.

New band you’d recommend? 

Talk Heavy!

Opening for this band would be ideal? 

We’d love to open for a band like the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Foo Fighters. These two bands have also been a big inspiration for us growing up. 

Place you’d most like to tour? 

UK/EU would be the dream. Might not be all too far away. We’d also love to tour Japan one day.

Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers? 

Be good and if you can’t be good, be careful.

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release? 

It’s our debut album so we decided on a self-titled album. It is a culmination of everything we’ve done so far as a band so we thought it would make a lot of sense to. 

See us live at? 

We have a national Australian tour coming up in August/September to celebrate the release of our debut album. We also have some international touring plans which may see us heading across the globe soon. 

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree? 

Depends on how you look at it. We grew up listening to old music and far out they knew how to write a banger back in the day. In saying that, there is no shortage of amazing talent in the modern-day.

Unusual merchandise? 

We don’t have anything that would be considered “unusual” but our mates ‘Dune Rats’ have some interesting stuff. Namely their “water pourers” which could be mistaken as a good old glass saxophone 😉 

Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs? 

We’re really keen to do some acoustic versions of our songs soon. Especially the tracks off the new album. 

What do your fans mean to you? 

They mean the absolute world to us. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them. 

X-rays or any treatments needed for band injuries?

Treatments? Pretty sure we have had a couple of massages on the band account to treat our gig wounds haha. 

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it? 

It would definitely be all of our fault but we’d rather just blame our tour manager Lukey haha.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band? 

The mighty Silverback Gorilla. Mainly because Lewy has a hairy back that is somewhat reminiscent of a Gorilla. 

Elizabeth Birt

July 26, 2022

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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