Louis Forster, James Harrison and Riley Jones are all 17-18 years old. They make pop music. They have refined tastes – they love the Pastels, Talking Heads, Galaxie 500, Bob Dylan and Arthur Russell. On Up To Anything they pull off the almost impossible, capturing the awkwardness, self-doubt and visceral excitement of teenage life, while still in the thick of actually living it.
Goon Sax songs are both immediately charming and deceptively deep – Sweaty Hands examines a point in a relationship where you’re seen at your worst, while Telephone addresses the heartbreaking realisation that noth- ing you offer your crush is enough.
The band formed around high school friends James and Louis in 2013, and some scrappy duo-era home recordings still linger on the internet. Riley joined in early 2014, after a month of drum lessons, and the band played their first show a few months later – they’ve since played with the likes of US Girls, Twerps, Blank Realm and Crayon Fields as well as at Laneway festival.
“Up To Anything” sees a european release in April 2016, and the bands debut album show’s Goon Sax are already masters at pairing teen microdrama with pop sophistication.