Adelaide’s most raucous rockers West Thebarton have just unveiled their ripping new tune, ‘Bible Camp’. The track is the seven-headed group’s first for brand new label Domestic La La, established by Violent Soho’s James Tidwell.
‘Bible Camp’ was inspired by a story Ray’s Mum told him about her uni days in Manila. “Two of the blokes used the camp as a retreat to meet up, as their extremely Catholic families wouldn’t ever accept them being with each other. Apparently one of their Dads wasn’t too happy when he was made aware and had come down there after finding out… My Mum, Dora saw the Dad kicking in the head of his son’s lover,” Ray explained.
This tune imagines an alternative outcome; one where the pair fall in love on camp, then spend the ensuing years dreaming of, and drawing enlightenment from their brief, sweet time together.
Reverend Ray’s trembling, but blazing vocal delivery has attracted complete praise, particularly on previous single ‘Moving Out’. Ray’s performance on ‘Bible Camp’ is another demonstration that he is among Australia’s highest echelon of rock vocalists.
The newest addition to West Thebarton, tub slammer Caitlin Thomas sets a rollicking pace throughout ‘Bible Camp’ and the rest of the band do a terrific job in just keeping up. As we’ve come to expect from West Thebarton, the chugging guitars frenetically keep the rapid intensity up on the romantic ballad.
‘Bible Camp’ is the perfect tune for sweaty punters to spill beer along to when West Thebarton head out on tour with fellow garage-rockers Polish Club in December.