Admittedly, the first time I heard of today’s featured band, I was rather confused as to the correct pronunciation of the groups name and perhaps not in the way you’d expect. Originally called West Thebarton Brothel Party, the band have since shed the second half of their title to be called simply, West Thebarton. Now for some reason unbeknownst to me, there was a lil cog in my noggin that prevented me from enunciating Thebarton properly. In fact, after hearing Dolewave a while back, I specifically remember telling a friend to check out this sick new band from Adelaide called The Barton Brothel Party… Well, this haze of confusion was put to rest earlier this year with the release of their undeniably dope/relatable track Moving Out. It rightfully received lot’s of radio play and helped me to say the damn name properly.
Already having a massive year, the seven-piece delivered another blow yesterday releasing a new track/video titled Bible Camp but that’s not all. WT also announced they’d signed to a new label called Domestic La La. And no, the label is not just coincidentally named after a Violent Soho song. The project was started by Violent Soho’s guitarist, James Tidswell and already boasts a formidable roster with both West Thebarton and Dear Seattle fronting this exciting new venture (which you can check out here).
Now to the squeeze. Bible Camp is the perfect track to get your weekend started. It’s fast, loud but by no means is it just another throwaway rock track. It’s a romantic number that tells the story of two downtrodden individuals who develop a bond from a shared feeling of displacement. The vocals quiver tentatively and yet they’re delivered earnestly showing some nice contrast that I hadn’t really associated with WT’s sound. Guided by a piercing guitar, the rest of the band do a nice job in keeping up with the pace and energy set by the drums. Can’t wait to see what’s around the corner for both West Thebarton and Domestic La La Records.