In 2016, The Goon Sax were a bunch of young Australians who delivered one of our favorite albums, Up to Anything. A lot of folks have been waiting in the wings with the promise of new tunes…and today is that day! We get a fresh track, employing a similar tactic to their early work, though there seems to be depth. I’m a sucker for the deep bass grooves, not to mention the mixture of steady vocals and their female counterpoints. Infectious guitar pop anyone? Yes, please! The band will be releasing We’re Not Talking on Wichita Recordings/Chapter Music on September 14th.
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After the exceptional “Boyfriend” single, my expectations for the Goon Sax debut album were riding super high. Their new single takes on a slightly different stroke, but it’s keeping it’s lofty aim. There’s a slower pace hanging out in this song, similar to other Australian artists who’ve been unfairly titled dole-wave. What’s most astonishing is how polished and perfect these tracks are, and the band themselves aren’t even in their twenties. This IS the next great Australian band, I promise you that. Look for Up to Anything on March 11th via the ever-reliable Chapter Music.
Everyone loves a good stripped down pop song, so this video from The Goon Sax should be a perfect treat for you on this Thursday. The Goon Sax are a trio of youths out of Brisbane who make simple yet catchy pop tunes, and as you’ll see in this music video, rely on their lovely balance of male/female vocals. “Boyfriend” is their latest single from their upcoming record, and the music video features the band blank-facedly playing the track, alternating with shots of the frontman and his ideal boyfriend. I definitely got a little chuckle out of the video, as well as got this song stuck in my head for the rest of the day.Their debut release, Up To Anything is due out in March of next year via Chapter Records, so get excited for that.
You shouldn’t be surprised that Australia’s the Goon Sax are making waves, seeing as sites all over are clamoring for the next great thing to come out of the country. Luckily, this young group has the leadership of Chapter Music to guide them in the right direction, though this song might show that they don’t need too much. It’s the sort of casual pop that’s been popping up here and there on the Interwebs, always with positive commentary. Really, when there’s good songwriting, you can’t help but to listen…pretty sure this song qualifies. That’s my advice to the world: write simple, good pop songs. This gem will appear on the band’s forthcoming Up to Anything record, which is being released by Chapter in April of next year.
I love Aussie label Chapter Music, but it looks like they’re about to really knock it out of the park with their new signing The Goon Sax. They just signed the teenage band, and it sounds remarkably like a wonderful blend of Violent Femmes and Go-Betweens…ultimately making for the best music combination ever. It’s filled with an infectious bounce and a remarkably unique, yet familiar, vocal delivery. They’ll be releasing Up to Anything early next year via the label, so stay tuned for another incredible single soon!