“‘Fishing With a Shotgun’ is a tightly wound post-punk number, reminiscent of Parquet Courts, both with its nimble arrangement and King’s vocals, which deftly handle varied syllabic deliveries and tonal shifts like Andrew Savage, ranging from disbelief to outright contempt.”
– The 405
“Instant fan.” – Triple J
“You should get along to a show so you can say you discovered them way before everyone else.” – [V] Music
“Good Boy are prepping the needle for an impromptu stick ‘n’ poke that’ll turn out to be your favourite tattoo. They’re not just another band – they’re THE FUCKING BAND.” – Soundly Sounds
“Bundaberg natives Good Boy are a delightfully curious prospect, insofar as their versatility and genre-defiant abnormalities means they fare far better than your average guitar-twanging slackers… Ever on the up-and-up, Good Boy are a must-see before their inevitable explosion.” – The Brag
Australian, post-punk band Good Boy release their scorching EP Shirk Life. Shirk Life is a whip-smart, catchy-as-hell snapshot of living in Brisbane in your early 20’s from one of Australia’s most exciting young punk bands.
Until recently, Good Boy never thought of themselves as a political band but sometimes the times just force your hand. Released last week with an incredible video (above), the EP’s first track “A Waste Of 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)” spits a self-explanatory message about the absurd and insulting marriage equality plebiscite. Similarly, “Fishing With A Shotgun” and “Hell in a Handbasket” seethe with frustration about the seeming non-choice between neo-liberal, right-wing and conservative politicians.
Stand-out track “1972 VW Superbug” is a nostalgic sprawler which explores regional life via bored late-nights in their hometown of Bundaberg, Queensland. Never has “rum-city” been sung about with such romance and pathos. Meanwhile, the final track, “Majic Country” is an ode to their new home of Fortitude Valley. Shirk Life is a collection of songs that show a young band finding and questioning their place in the world. Thought-provoking and exhilarating.
Good Boy are also heading around Australia this December, and they have just announced incredible supports in each city (see below). Their live energy recalls the best of Cloud Nothings, Parquet Courts and Australia’s influential Eddy Current Suppression Ring. In the last 12 months alone they have played Falls Festival, Blurst of Times, Splendour in the Grass, and toured with Skeggs, The Creases, Japandroids and Grinspoon. They’re in cracking live form!
Shirk Life – TRACKLISTING
01. A Waste Of Approximately 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)
02. 1972 VW Superbug
03. Consume, You Yuppy Dogs.
04. Fishing With A Shotgun
05. Hell In A Handbasket
06. Majic Country
It’s been a big couple of years for Good Boy. In December 2015, the Brisbane-via-Bundberg indie garage punk three-piece’s debut single “Transparency” was added to high rotation on triple j and ended up 15th most-played song on the youth broadcaster. In January 2016, the band was announced as winners of the triple j unearthed Laneway Festival competition, opening the Brisbane Laneway main stage to a huge crowd. In March, they released their debut EP “No Love For Back Home” to a massive amount of love from critics and fans alike, playing to capacity crowds in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on their EP launch tour. They also supported Viet Cong, Homeshake, British India, The John Steel Singers, Jonathan Boulet, Velociraptor, Palms, Northeast Party House plus more.
All before the band was a year old. In only their second year as a band, Good Boy released their second EP, Plum. Recorded with Cam Smith at Incremental Records (Velociraptor, Deafcult) and mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Supression Ring, Dick Diver), the new EP was a evolution on the sound of their first release with lead single “Poverty Line” being added to triple j high rotation and becoming an anthem all over the country.
After touring with Japandroids and ending 2016 in style playing Festival Of The Sun and Falls Festival, Good Boy have gone from strength to strength in 2017. They’ve already toured with The Creases in March, released a split 7 inch with Melbourne wunderkind Jarrow in April featuring brand new single “Braap”, played a national sold out tour with Skegss and opened for Grinspoon’s 20 year anniversary tour of “Guide To Better Living.” It’s been a big couple of years for Good Boy, and from the looks of things it’s only going to get bigger.
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