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The Goon Sax - Live on KEXP (At Home)



Following the release of the music video for "Temples" earlier this week, The Goon Sax have shared their live session for KEXP today including performances of three songs from Mirror II and a cover of Len's "Steal My Sunshine." The Goon Sax have announced 2022 dates headlining in the UK and in support of Snail Mail in the US, full itinerary below.



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Set list:
In The Stone
Psychic
Desire
Steal My Sunshine (Len cover)

Session recorded at Alchemix Studios, West End, in Brisbane, Australia
Producer - James Caswell
DOP - Tom Carroll
1st AC - Hugo Nobay
Audio Engineer - Marly Lüske
Musicians - Louis Forster, Riley Jones, James Harrison, Alistair Taylor

The Goon Sax on tour :

Monday, January 24th – Mono – Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, January 25th – YES – Manchester, UK
Wednesday, January 26th – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham, UK
Friday, January 28th – Moth Club – London, UK
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

^ w/ Snail Mail

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VIDEO : The Goon Sax - "Temples"



"Temples"
directed by James Caswell

Back in July of this year, Brisbane trio The Goon Sax released their much-admired third album and Matador Records debut, 'Mirror II'. They return today with a video for the song “Temples,” which features James Harrison on lead vocals. The band will also join Snail Mail on a run of U.S. tour dates this spring.
"'Temples' is a song that I wanted to be overwhelmingly pretty and a bit nostalgic. It sort of reminds me of an epic biopic or a scripted love letter.

When writing the lyrics, I was trying to surmise a romance in its entirety rather than as a self-contained moment. That's why I think the romanticism is a bit unbelievable. And why I felt like I was in a dream state when I wrote it.

The lyrics are referential to The Wind and The Willows as well as Tim Buckley. The video takes inspiration from Joanna Newsom's clip for 'Divers' as well as a scene from the 2000’s Kanye West clip 'All Falls Down'". - James Harrison


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For the past 12 hours, The Goon Sax have taken over Matador's Instagram account. If that means the content is uncharacteristically interesting for a change, so be it. We'll return to regular programming soon enough.

The Goon Sax on tour :

Monday, January 24th - Mono - Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, January 25th - YES - Manchester, UK
Wednesday, January 26th - Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
Friday, January 28th - Moth Club - London, UK
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

^ w/ Snail Mail

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The Goon Sax - "Desire" (Live from Brisbane) + Rescheduled UK Tour Dates



Credit: Hugo Nobay

The Goon Sax have released a sparkling new session video for their recent single 'Desire'. Recorded on location in Brisbane, this live take has the band's uniquely three fanged delivery on full display. Set to Riley, Louis and James' adeptly spun vocal harmonies, a poignant and pulsing air washes over the group's shimmering handicraft.



The band have also today announced the rescheduling of their September batch of UK shows, with Louis sharing the following statement:
“Two days before Jim and I were going to leave for the UK, a close member of my family was diagnosed with a very serious illness. As we found out more information I realised I needed to stay in Brisbane to support my family and to be supported by them at the moment. Sorry to sound so impersonal - still finding this pretty hard to talk about… I feel incredibly grateful that I am able to be here and that I got the news before I left seeing how difficult it would have been to come back here from the UK with the Australian border being closed at the moment. Our Mirror II tour dates in the UK have been rescheduled for January next year (see below) and we’ll be announcing some more shows around these soon too! So thankful to everyone working on this tour for their support and understanding, above all to Riley and Jim."

Tour Dates

Monday, January 24th - Mono - Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, January 25th - YES - Manchester, UK
Wednesday, January 26th - Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
Friday, January 28th - Moth Club - London, UK

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Out Today: The Goon Sax - "Mirror II"

 



(Photo: Hugo Nobay)

The Goon Sax have released their third LP today, titled Mirror II. Available on black vinyl, CD and on limited white vinyl at participating independent record stores. While supplies last, every order of Mirror II from the Matador webstore will include a glossy band photo signed by Riley Jones, Louis Forster and James Harrison, pictured below.

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A very limited quantity of Mirror II t-shirts are still available via the Matador webstore.

The Goon Sax on Tour
Wednesday, September 1 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
Thursday, September 2 Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland NL
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
Sunday, October 10 Sound City, Ipswich UK

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The Goon Sax - "Desire"

 



"Desire"
directed by Eddie Whelan

Tomorrow, The Goon Sax will release their third album and Matador debut, 'Mirror II'. To mark the occasion, the band has posted a new single and video, “Desire,” which features Riley Jones on lead vocals.

Jones says of the track:
“When I wrote ‘Desire’, I lived with James and Louis in a share house in Paddington, Brisbane called Fantasy Planet. Technically, it was written out like “$ ? a Planet.” It was my friend Tim Green’s reference to the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. In my basic understanding of the way Lacan theorized fantasy, desire is founded upon a lack. The diamond (?) represents all the ways we relate to a lost object: everything above, below, around, more than, less than, with, without, in spite of, and because of it. The cause of our desire is a gap that we are always trying to fill, even while it constantly evades us.

Desire is complex. Unconscious attachments hang on invisible threads. Fantasies and daydreams emerge, dangerous hallucinations cause reckless actions, misremembrance causes total distortion. I think that’s why we have to resort to symbols to express it. This song is my symbol (?). I wanted it to feel as expansive as a Les Rallizes Dénudés song - to reverberate beneath waters that flood all the crevices of the earth, to leave no gap unfilled and I wanted it to be as universal as one of those crushing Elvis songs - so poignant that its sentiment seems to ring out forever, just like Desire.”

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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)

The Goon Sax live :

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
Sunday, October 10 Sound City, Ipswich UK

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VIDEO : The Goon Sax - "Psychic" (Live From Brisbane)



Prior to the July 9 release of The Goon Sax's eagerly awaited 3rd album, 'Mirror II', here's a live version of the album's "Psychic", recorded at Alchemix Studios, West End, Brisbane.


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The Goon Sax live :

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 - "Psychic"



"Psychic" - directed by Christine Marie Jones.



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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)

The Goon Sax live :

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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