The Hug and Pint presents:
The Goon Sax
+ Vital Idles + Peter Cat
Entry Requirements: 18+
Wichita Recordings are delighted to announce the signing of Australian band The Goon Sax. The teen trio marry sublime indiepop with brilliantly human and brutally honest vignettes of adolescent angst delivered with personality, charm and heart-wrenching wonder. They will be heading to Europe for shows at the end of May, including dates supporting Frankie Cosmos, with a date at Gorilla in Manchester on 28 May as well as their own headline show at London’s Sebright Arms on 29 May.
The Goon Sax are James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones from Brisbane. Still in high school when they made their first album Up To Anything in 2016, their brand of awkwardly transcendent teenage guitar pop took them into end of year lists for BBC 6Music, Billboard and Rough Trade, and earned them rave reviews from the Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin, Uncut, Rolling Stone and elsewhere. According to Metacritic, Up To Anything was the 8th best-reviewed debut album anywhere in the world in 2016.
The Goon Sax toured UK and Europe twice on that record, played The Great Escape and shows with Whitney, US Girls, Twerps, TOPS and Teenage Fanclub, graduated school, and then turned their focus to album number two, due to be released later in the year. After recording Louis spent some time being bohemian in a freezing Berlin apartment, but they are now all back in Australia, and keeping busy playing shows with Angel Olsen, Perfume Genius and Protomartyr.
"Near-flawless guitar pop." NME
"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