BEACH IS FOREVER YOUNG
Andrew Morris believes all true Neil Young fans know that On The Beach is one hell of an album.
Released in 1974, the record made of daydreams is often overlooked in favour of its more popular older siblings, 1970s After the Gold Rush and 1972’s Harvest.
But there’s something about On the Beach – the rawness, or perhaps the floating summery feeling it ignites – that has kept it alive for four decades.
Tomorrow night, Andrew will be joined by fellow The Wilson Pickers members Ben Salter Danny Widdicombe as well as Dan Mansfield and Ben Carstens in celebrating the 40year-old album in all its glory.
The group of mostly Brisbane-based artists will perform On The Beach under the banner of The Honeysliders.
A long- time fan of Neil Young, vocalist and guitarist Andrew says the record “was like a sign of the times”.
“The 1970s was a very important time,” he says.
“On The Beach is just a great collection of songs, it postmarks that period in time. Neil Young was getting loose in LA and you can hear in the recordings. I love the rawness of it ... he just didn’t give a f--- by that stage.”
When The Honeysliders take to the stage at the Soundlounge tomorrow night, they’ll play On The Beach in full before they round out the night with a collection of classics.
The five musicians will take turns singing their favourite Neil Young tunes, and Andrew couldn’t be more stoked to have scored Revolution Blues.
“We are going to be completely faithful to (the album) – pedal steel and all,” he says. “We have so much respect for Neil Young so we don’t want to stuff it. We want to do him proud. We’ll be giving it a red hot go.”
The Honeysliders perform Neil Young’s On the Beach at the Soundlounge tomorrow night and at The Zoo, Brisbane, Saturday night.
Andrew Morris and The Honeysliders sing Neil Young’s On The Beach.