Beddy Rays are taking over our Spotify Playlist with their artists to watch in 2021
After a breakthrough year just gone, the Brisbane group now take the time to spotlight acts they think will be big in 2021.
Even though they've been on the cusp of a breakthrough for a while, I don't think anyone was expecting the 2020 that Beddy Rays had. Across the last few years, the Brisbane-based outfit have consistently one-upped themselves with feel-good indie/surf-rock, leading to the release of two singles last year - Sobercoaster and Better Weather - that saw Beddy Rays break past the ceiling and emerge 2020 heavyweights; the former song even finding a place in the triple j Hottest 100 (at #57, no less - a strong achievement for a still-growing four-piece).
In saying that, the group aren't about to let their trajectory die down. There's a constant question as to what's next from the group, and last week they gave everyone a taste in the form of Wait A While, another burst of energy from the group that continues to push their sound forwards without losing the character and charm that makes Beddy Rays such an adored new favourite.
It's a little more of an intimate release from the group, keeping their energy but using it to disguise a bit of a reflective moment for the four-piece, who really take the time to look into themselves this time around. “Often people hang around and wait for something to get better, or for someone to grow and change but that might not happen," says frontman Jacko on the single. "I was writing the song when I was up north and a friend was going through some shit, there’s a shrub up there called Wait a While and when you walk past it grabs a hold of you and you can’t get it off.
"I thought that was a good analogy for the song because sometimes people act the same way, they can grab a hold of you and hold you back from being happy and who you are."
Wait A While all but cements Beddy Rays' future as an exciting, dominative force in the year ahead, but rather than hog all the spotlight for themselves, they're sharing it around. Today, they share their ones-to-watch for the year ahead; the 'beddy good artists' to keep an eye on in the next twelve months. You can find their selections as they takeover our Spotify Guest Selector playlist below, and underneath that, find their reasons why - you might just find your next favourite band.
Beddy Rays: Beddy Good Artists to Watch in 2021
These guys have a unique sound, they really capture the coastal stratocaster surf-rock that we absolutely love. They remind us of early Sunnyboys records that our parents got us into. If their track Our Paradise is anything to go by, 2021 is going to be a huge year for The Terrys!
Fave track: Our Paradise
We first heard Hope D on triple j when they played her track Second. It’s one of those songs that you just fall in love with when you hear it. A couple of us went and saw her perform at the Tivoli and she used fuzz guitars for the synth parts of her tracks which we thought was so sick! Hope D has such a powerful energy and there’s a certain wordplay in her lyrics that is full of wit and just really damn good.
Fave track: Second
Chutterz! We first heard about these guys when they chose us for one of their “Chutney Selects” playlists. We checked out their profile and had a listen to their tracks Outcast and Romance & Intrigue and after listening to those two songs everything just felt perfectly in place. We ended up meeting the boys at their gig at Greaser bar and have had them on repeat ever since.
Fave track: Outcast
Lewy’s brother Luke actually had a Teenage Joans sticker on his water bottle but the rest of us hadn’t really heard of them before. After he told us about them we started hearing them on triple j and got into their music. We actually met up with Tahlia and Cahli after Hottest 100 day and watched them play at Black Bear Lodge, the whole crowd was singing back their songs and it was such an awesome vibe. They’re two teenagers making well produced and thought-out songs with that early 2000s rock sound and we absolutely love ‘em!
Fave track: Something About Being Sixteen
Carla Geneve is a new discovery for us. We’ve only recently started listening to her and were instantly captured by her track Dog Eared, it’s an absolute thrasher of a tune with heavy guitars and beautiful vocals. We haven’t seen her live yet but she’s definitely someone we’d love to see perform in the near future.
Fave track: Dog Eared
We were at kick-ons one night after being out with mates, Luke (Lewy’s brother) chucked on Seathru and we instantly liked their upbeat sound. Their track Bedsheets has some dark lyrics in the verse that feed into a really uplifting chorus. Seathru is definitely up and coming, we look forward to seeing what they do next.
Fave track: Bedsheets
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