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About The Goon Sax

Brisbane, Australia indie pop group the Goon Sax match the awkward simplicity of Beat Happening and hometown legends the Cannanes with the angular pulse of early works by another important band formed in Brisbane, the Go-Betweens. Their 2016 debut album Up to Anything, which was recorded while the trio were still in high school, came loaded with innocent charm and a killer single ("Boyfriend"). After graduating and touring the world, the band's second record, We're Not Talking, was more expansive musically and lyrically.

Formed in Brisbane by high school classmates James Harrison and Louis Forster (who is not, coincidentally, the son of the Go-Betweens' Robert Forster), the duo began working on songs in Harrison's bedroom, and were joined by drummer Riley Jones, who had been taking lessons for a month. The trio soon started playing house shows, then graduated to clubs, where they played with like-minded bands like the Twerps and Blank Realm. They signed with Chapter Music and their first single, "Sometimes Accidentally," was issued in September 2015. The second, "Boyfriend," followed quickly two months later. More live shows included a spot at Brisbane's Laneway Festival in early 2016. Their debut album, Up to Anything, was released in early 2016 by Chapter Music. It featured both of their singles and was co-produced by Liam Campbell and Andre Johansson-Walder. The record was well-reviewed and the band was able to tour the U.S. and Europe twice, playing shows with Whitney and Teenage Fanclub in the process. The trio also squeezed in high school graduation, and the band who wrote songs for the second Goon Sax record was more experienced and worldly than they were while writing their first. With the help of producers Cameron Bird and James Cecil of Architecture in Helsinki, the band captured a full sound -- including lead vocals from Jones for the first time -- and displayed a more nuanced lyrical perspective on their second album, We're Not Talking. It was co-released by Chapter and Wichita Recordings in September of 2018, and the trio set out on a world tour. ~ Tim Sendra

Brisbane, Australia

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