12" with two EPs, Shirk Life and Plum, from Brisbane's Good Boy. Easiest way to understand Good Boy is to imagine angular punks Parquet Courts but with an Australian accent. Done it? Good. These punks are tight, catchy, and groovy, and if they were American you'd have already heard of them.
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Anyone who has enjoyed the ragged Australian rock of the recent likes of Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever and Scott & Charlene's Wedding might want to check out this rip roaring EP from this Queensland trio. The band are melodically livid and on the comically titled ‘A Waste Of 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)’ which rattles along at a fair old rate of knots. Singer Tom Lindeman has a rough hewn unreconstructed voice that spits out simple, informative lyrics over enjoyable guitar rock. On '1972 VW Superbug' the band perfectly nail that beery melancholy that was patented by the Replacements. The chord changes are delicious and chunky and always flecked with that all important element of sadness.
Their music in the wrong hands could simply just be a bar room racket but Good Boy are already mastering the art of twisting their songs of twisting their songs into unexpected places. Their simple guitar/bass/drums formula keeps things clear headed yet most of these songs have that extra skill of putting in useful hooks amongst the bravado. Australia has a history of these types of bands from the Saints to the Scientists and Good Boy despite the rather forgettable name have already proved that there is something here above a beer fuelled rabble. Promising.
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