BEACH IS FOR­EVER YOUNG

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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.

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