Chapter Music is excited to release Up To Anything, the debut album by Brisbane trio The Goon Sax.
Louis Forster, James Harrison and Riley Jones are all 17-18 years old. They make pop music. They have refined tastes - they love the Pastels, Talking Heads, Galaxie 500, Bob Dylan and Arthur Russell. On Up To Anything they pull off the almost impossible, capturing the awkwardness, self-doubt and visceral excitement of teenage life, while still in the thick of actually living it.
The band formed at high school in 2013 when James and Louis began workshopping song ideas in James’ bedroom. Riley joined in early 2014, after a month of drum lessons, and the band played their first show a few months later.
Chapter signed The Goon Sax in 2015 on the strength of an unsolicited demo, the first time that has ever happened in the label’s history. Singles Sometimes Accidentally and Boyfriend have since been featured on the likes of Stereogum, NME, BBC6 and Brooklyn Vegan. They’ve gone on to play with the likes of US Girls, Twerps, Blank Realm and Crayon Fields and have a spot at Brisbane Laneway Festival in February.
Goon Sax songs are both immediately charming and deceptively deep - "Sweaty Hands" examines a point in a relationship where you’re seen at your worst, while "Telephone" addresses the heartbreaking realisation that nothing you offer your crush is enough.
The Goon Sax are already masters at pairing teen microdrama with pop sophistication - but clearly, Up To Anything is just the beginning!
The Goon Sax
Up To Anything - Chapter Music - 8 April - 2016
"Aussie newcomers the Goon Sax excel in excruciatingly real, smart, self-deprecating lyrics about humdrum broken heart-related anxieties in post-adolescence. Think Parquet Courts meets Talking Heads meets devastating, crushingly aching longing." Stereogum
"Hints of Galaxie 500 and The Pastels abound, and...the feel of something Edwyn Collins might have wandered into back in his Postcard days." NME