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The Goon Sax - "Psychic"



"Psychic" - directed by Christine Marie Jones.



(photo : Hugo Nobay)

The Goon Sax return with “Psychic,” the second single from their third full-length and Matador Records debut, 'Mirror II'. The song is a slice of strobe-lit noise-pop – kinetic, hook-laden and touched with genuine dreaminess.

'Mirror II' is out July 9, 2021.
"'Psychic' exists in the fragile intersection of fantasy and reality – a supernatural world you escape into until you feel reality’s grip on your collar. As you’re dragged back to linear time and supposed objectivity, the supernatural reinstates its claim to a more powerful truth. Eventually, the friction between these worlds causes you to question your faith in both, wondering to what degree truth can be chosen and what forces from both are too strong for you to stand in their way. Much like "In the Stone," this song is a conversation. Two peoples’ truths of the search for this very thing." - Louis Forster

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(limited quantity of signed photos of The Goon Sax available with purchase of 'Mirror II' from the band's webstore or direct from Matador)

Wednesday, September 1 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
September 2 – 5 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Monday, September 6 Moth Club, London UK
Tuesday, September 7 Pink Room, Manchester UK
Wednesday, September 8, Mono, Glasgow UK

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The Goon Sax - "In The Stone" (Live from Brisbane)



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The Goon Sax have shared a performance of their new single "In The Stone," recorded live at Alchemix Studios in Brisbane AU earlier this year. "In The Stone" is taken from the upcoming album Mirror II, out July 9th.

Team: Producer - James Caswell
DOP - Tom Carroll
Editor - Marisa Gesualdi
SFX Editor - Madeline
1st AC - Hugo Nobay
Audio Engineer - Marly Lüske
Musicians - Louis Forster, Riley Jones, James Harrison, Alistair Taylor


The Goon Sax on Tour
Wednesday, September 1 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
September 2 – 5 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Monday, September 6 Moth Club, London UK
Tuesday, September 7 Pink Room, Manchester UK
Wednesday, September 8, Mono, Glasgow UK

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Coming July 9 : The Goon Sax - 'Mirror II'





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"In The Stone"
Directed by Mara Palena

The Goon Sax have announced a new album 'Mirror II', to be released July 9th on Matador Records. The band’s third full-length and first for Matador, 'Mirror lI' is a new beginning: a multi-dimensional eclectic journey of musical craftsmanship that moves from disco to folk to no wave skronk with staggering cohesion. The first-person narratives of their school days have graduated into an immersive and fluid world, one where “the narrator changes, the view-point isn’t definitive”. Songs have been made expansive, more universal, more weird— as introduced by the supernatural avant-pop of first single ‘In The Stone,’ directed by Mara Palena.

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“‘In The Stone’ is set in Berlin where I moved with my partner at the time, just after finishing school and recording our last album We’re Not Talking at the end of 2017,” says Louis Forster. “We were both exploring ourselves - accepting each other's changes and celebrating flux - but also reckoning with the complicated need for a solid sense of self and the person we loved. Musically the song was influenced by what was playing in the background of our conversations which often took place in Ubers, supermarkets, outside parties etc. So, it probably bears more of a subconsciously absorbed modern pop influence than anything else we’ve done as a band.”

The band have also confirmed a run of UK dates in September, including a headline show at London’s MOTH Club on September 6th and a slot at End Of The Road festival. A full list of dates can be found below.
Since forming in high school, Brisbane band The Goon Sax— the trio of Riley Jones, Louis Forster, and James Harrison, best friends who take turns writing, singing, and playing each instrument— have been celebrated for their kinetic homemade pop.

On their debut album, 2016’s Up to Anything, it was their candid affection and scrappy instrumentation that drew praise; 2018’s We’re Not Talking was exalted for the same—their massive choruses, a sharpening of their craft, then with an addition of horns, strings, piano, and castanets to their guitar/bass/drums.

'Mirror ll', recorded in Bristol at Invada Studios, owned by Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Beak, with producer John Parish (Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey), is the result of three years of writing, and some considerable time spent apart: Louis relocated to Berlin and worked at a cinema (he sings in German on the track ‘Bathwater’), Riley and James formed an angular post-punk band called Soot. All three experimented with abstract, atonal sounds before recapturing the essence of The Goon Sax: “pop melody,” Louis explains. “The first two albums are inherently linked. They had three-word titles; they went together. This one definitely felt like going back to square one and starting again, and that was really freeing.”

“We lived in a shared house together, this tiny little Queenslander we called ‘Fantasy Planet,’ where we wrote the album,” Riley explains. “We were able to go to each other’s rooms and say anything that came to mind and go to the practice room three times a week. It was pretty intense.”

'Mirror II'  is intense, the sum of everything that has always made The Goon Sax great: robust sprechgesang, raw lyrical candor, ascending guitar pop structures that would make the most storied jangle bands blush, elevated into their newfound narrative verisimilitude and expanded sonic experimentations.

Riley’s bubblegum noise is more present than ever before (“Desire”, “Tag”) reflecting her heavy Les Rallizes Dénudés and Keiji Haino influence, and some Kylie Minogue-inspired “sparkle sound”.

Louis’ moody, shapeshifting pop (“Psychic”, “In the Stone”) stems from an admiration for HTRK, Young Marble Giants, Stereolab, The Motels’ ‘Total Control’, Justin Beiber’s ‘Sorry’, Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick and Diane Di Prima’s Memoirs of a Beatnik in equal measure.

James’ psychedelic folk (“Carpetry”, “Caterpillars”) is no doubt studied from The Walker Brothers, Jandek, Felt, and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett. “I got into Syd Barrett’s lyrics because they were hazy, relatable and honest but up in the air. That’s how I felt,” he says of his whimsical songs. “I was experiencing romantic love for the first time, it felt out of my control, and there’s something about Syd Barrett’s lyrics… it doesn’t just come from inside us; it is the moments that are happening to us as well.”

Those uninhibited combinations wouldn’t work for most bands, but then again, The Goon Sax aren’t most bands: their deep trust in one another is the very spirit of 'Mirror ll'. “I was reading 'The Philosophy of Andy Warhol' the other day. He said something so perfect… ‘I’m sure I’m going to look in the mirror and see nothing. People are always calling me a mirror, and if a mirror looks into a mirror, what is there to see?’” Riley recites. “The name ['Mirror II'] was totally arbitrary to begin with, but it became about reflecting on reflection: we all get so influenced by each other. You find other people who show you yourself, who you are.” - Maria Sherman.

'Mirror II' Tracklist
01. In the Stone
02. Psychic
03. Tag
04. Temples
05. The Chance
06. Bathwater
07. Desire
08. Carpetry
09. Til Dawn
10. Caterpillars

‘Mirror II’ is available on LP in a die-cut sleeve, available on white vinyl at participating independent record stores, on CD, and with a new t-shirt available exclusively on the Matador webstore. Orders will be accompanied by a glossy photo print signed by the band while supplies last. The Goon Sax is distributed by Chapter Music in Australia and New Zealand.





The Goon Sax On Tour, (Dates in Bold On Sale Friday at 10am UK)

Friday, May 21 The Zoo, Brisbane AU
Saturday, May 29 Mary’s Underground, Sydney AU
Thursday, June 3 Rising Festival, Melbourne AU
Wednesday, September 1 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
September 2 – 5 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Monday, September 6 Moth Club, London UK
Tuesday, September 7 Pink Room, Manchester UK
Wednesday, September 8, Mono, Glasgow UK


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The Goon Sax - "In The Stone" Video Coming May 12



Premiering tomorrow (Wednesday, May 12) at 10am eastern,
The Goon Sax - "In The Stone"

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