with CLARK AND THE HIMSELFS and WITH CHILD
The Goon Sax are James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones from Brisbane. They marry sublime indiepop with brilliantly human and brutally honest vignettes of adolescent angst delivered with personality, charm and heart-wrenching wonder. 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 and Teenage Fanclub, graduated school, and then turned their focus to album number two, due to be released later in the year on Chapter Music in Australia and New Zealand and on Wichita for the rest of the world. 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.
Clarke and the Himselfs is heart-warming Rock and Roll from Boise, Idaho. One self, psych rock band, Clarke performing live with a drumstick in hand, guitar strings under her thumb, vocals that cut right to the point with a Moe Tucker rhythm laid underneath, with C&TH, she takes basement rock fuzz, pop precision, molten neo-psych, weirdo gutter punk while singing exception art/psych damage pop songs. Since 2013 she has released five albums. Clarke and the Himselfs (Curly Cassettes, 2013), Clarke and the Himselfs II (HIB, 2014), The Well-Rounded Clarke and the Himselfs (Scavenger Cult, 2015), Clarke and the Himselfs and Friends (SC, 2016), In Your Heart you Know She’s Clarke and the Himselfs (CC, 2017) Throughout this time she’s been touring nationally and internationally. In 2015 she spent three months on the road with Built to Spill. Recently Daytrotter listed C&TH as #1 for Rock and Roll and #4 in music for their best of 2017 lists.
We started liking Bruce Springsteen after he covered Suicide.