THE GOON SAX
Announce first ever European Tour with dates in the UK and Spain
Reveal new video for album’s title track “Up To Anything“
Thu 22 September – Teatro del Arte, Madrid – Spain
Fri 23 September – Lata de Bombillas, Zaragoza – Spain
Tues 27 September – The Shacklewell Arms, London – UK
Wed 28 September – Headrow House, Leeds – UK
Thu 29 September – Eagle Inn, Manchester – UK
Fri 30 September – Mono, Glasgow – UK
Watch video for “Up To Anything”
Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Up To Anything in April, Brisbane teen trio The Goon Saxare heading over to these shores for the very first time in September, with UK dates including The Shacklewell Arms in London, Headrow House in Leeds, Eagle Inn in Manchester and a slot at Mono in Glasgow.
They also shared the new retro video for the recent single and album title track “Up To Anything” with Loud and Quiet, who said: “We liked the way the Brisbane band captured the reality of teenagehood with charm and honesty.”
Singer Louis Forster had this to say about the track:
“”Up To Anything” is the second last song I wrote for the album of the same name. I remember sitting down on the couch in my living room, it was 2 in the afternoon, the middle of summer and I hadn’t changed out of my pyjamas yet. I was waiting for James to come over, and suddenly I was playing the riff, the rest of the song came very quickly after that. The lyrics were just a snapshot of my life, which at that time felt tiresome and slow. A few weeks later I showed it to the band, and it became the standard opener for our set.”
Australia’s The Goon Sax are Louis Forster, James Harrison and Riley Jones, who are all 17-18 years old. They make pop music. They have refined tastes – they love the Pastels, Talking Heads, Galaxie 500, Bob Dylan and Arthur Russell. On Up To Anything they pull off the almost impossible, capturing the awkwardness, self-doubt and visceral excitement of teenage life, while still in the thick of actually living it.
The band formed at high school in 2013 when James and Louis began workshopping song ideas in James’ bedroom. Riley joined in early 2014, after a month of drum lessons, and the band played their first show a few months later.
Chapter signed The Goon Sax in 2015 on the strength of an unsolicited demo, the first time that has ever happened in the label’s history. Whislt the singles “Sometimes Accidentally” and “Boyfriend” were featured on the likes of Stereogum,NME, BBC 6 Music and Brooklyn Vegan, their album Up to Anything garnered a 5* review in The Guardian, 4*s in Mojo, 9/10 in The Line of Best Fit as well as a two page feature in Loud & Quiet and coverage in Uncut, Pitchfork and theNME. They’ve gone on to play with the likes of US Girls, Twerps, Blank Realm and Crayon Fields and played at Brisbane’s Laneway Festival in February.
“It is a deceptively difficult trick, to capture the humanity and irregularities of music in a way that does not feel cloying, but over 12 tracks on their debut album Brisbane’s the Goon Sax manage it again, and again, and again. This is some kind of wonderful.” Guardian 5*s
“This is pop music as it should be: simple, unvarnished, young but not world-weary, and ultimately timeless.” The Line of Best Fit 9/10
“Brisbane trio navigates teen psychodramas with the sort of wry reportage that makes Courtney Barnett such a charming indie narrator.” Mojo 4*s
“Some of the most brilliantly, brutally adolescent pop music to emerge in a very long time.” Loud and Quiet 8/10
“Aussie newcomers the Goon Sax excel in excruciatingly real, smart, self-deprecating lyrics about humdrum broken heart-related anxieties in post-adolescence. Think Parquet Courts meets Talking Heads meets devastating, crushingly aching longing.” Stereogum
“Hints of Galaxie 500 and The Pastels abound, and…the feel of something Edwyn Collins might have wandered into back in his Postcard days.” NME