Look at the guy in the middle of the photograph? Look kinda familiar? Well it's Louis Forster son of Robert and...well...let's say the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree. The Goon Sax (brilliantly awful name by the way) play the kind of charming naive pop that a certain Australian band liked to peddle some years ago. They have another fine songwriter too in their ranks. From the few song clips I've heard, this should be really good fun.
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It's funny because if I could turn back the hands of time one of the things I'd do would be to make the Go-Betweens young again and actually to make myself young again so I could go and enjoy one of their concerts. Ok, ok it may be a pipe dream to make my youthful vigour come back but luckily the Goon Sax are around to make a band for those of us too young to see the Go B's first time 'round.
I've seen it mentioned that referencing the Go-Betweens around this band is a lazy reference but...ah fuck it. it is completely accurate and not just because one of the singers is Robert Forster's mini me son Louis, fellow Brisbanite James Harrison plays the Grant Mclennan role and Riley Jones fills in for Lindy Morrison on the drums. 'Sometimes, Accidentally' has that exact striped sunlight sound and awkward gangly-ness that all those early Go Betweens had. That wonderful sun drenched Australian-ness is there throughout - the strange way the guitars collide, the lop-sided attempt at pop music the slightly dishevelled harmonies and idiosyncratic drumming all adds up to perfect innocent sunny day pop music.
There are many highlights, I love the way 'Target' lollops along with lovely harmonies, Forster's voice is fantastically deep and rich on the amusing 'Home Haircuts' where over a country ish lollop Forster fails to get his hair cut in the required manner. 'Boyfriend' was the tune that hooked me first, sounding very much like 'the Sound of Rain' era Go Betweens it literally stumbles into a fantastic chorus like a drunk falling down a stairwell into a vat of beer. This is really memorable stuff that has the words "future classic" written all over it and underlined in triplicate.
They have a gorgeous sound that completely disarms. The songwriting sometimes falls a little short but that is to be expected for a band who have only been around for such a short time. Mainly this is an incredibly strong debut that will appeal to fans of Aussie pop, C86 and post Jonathan Richman naive pop. Ladies and gentleman the Australian Go Betweens are finally here.
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