Beddy Rays: “I think the music does a lot of speaking for itself”

Beddy Rays
(Image credit: Luke Dunning)

With their earwormish slate of jaunty and sun-kissed indie-rock, Beddy Rays capture the lackadaisical, blithesome and free spirit of their stomping grounds: the coastal Queensland paradise of Redland Bay (better known to the locals, though, as Reddy Bay). It makes sense, then, that Beddy Rays are named after the town (albeit in spoonerism form), and that debut album would be a self-titled affair.

It’s a testament to the very core of the quartet, as they declared in a statement: “We decided to go with a self-titled album for our debut because we believe this album is Beddy Rays, through and through.” They explained that when the band was formed in the halcyon days of 2017, “all [they] wanted to do was play gigs, sink tins and chat to all the legends we’d meet along the way”.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…