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The Goon Sax

The Goon Sax
Photo credit: Elliott Lauren

The Goon Sax are James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones from Brisbane, Australia. The indie-rockers are receiving rave reviews for new album Mirror II.

Still in high school when they made their first album Up To Anything in 2016, their brand of transcendent teenage guitar pop found them in end of year lists for BBC6, Billboard and Rough Trade, off to UK/Europe for two tours, and earned them raves from The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin, Uncut, Rolling Stone and elsewhere.

Striking, superb songwriting… there’s something intriguing about hearing a band so clearly in a state of flux, pulling what they do in different directions, developing before your ears.

The Guardian, Album Of The Week


Far from a downer, the album is breathlessly chic, less chaos-for-chaos’-sake than their previous work but kookier where it counts. It’s shittier than ever to be young; Mirror II, like the best documents of youthful discontent, makes it sound gothic, glamorous, and fucking cool.

Pitchfork

The Goon Sax released Mirror II on July 9th, on Matador Records. The band’s third album 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’.

The Goon Sax’s new album is exceptional… They are torchbearers in a lineage of archetypal indie bands, groups with catholic tastes and an unmistakably distinctive personal affect. It’s no wonder American mega-indie Matador Records felt the need to snap them up.

Stereogum, Album Of The Week

The Goon Sax are certainly a band that you should be paying attention to. You’ll only have yourself to blame if you miss out on their rise.

Far Out Magazine