Sydney’s Goons of Doom played the SXSW Festival this year in Austin, Texas alongside many of Australia’s up and coming talent including Sherlock’s Daughter, Children Collide, Beaches and more. They also did the three-day drive from Los Angeles to Texas then flew into New York. Sounds like the boys definitely stepped it up this time around on their third visit to the States in 6 months. Check out the Reviews below.
The Goons were supposed to be touring China in May, but the shows have been put on hold till they complete album no.3. So holidays in Bali were organised for a little bit of downtime, surfing, yoga, meditating, soul-searching, acting lessons, djembe drum jams, therapy, water polo and song writing.
We got word from Ozzie Wright from the top of a mountain of a Bali retreat the other day. He stated that the new record was going to have a more spiritual punk rock sound to it and it should be ready to go in the coming months.They then plan to tour it through Australia then head back to the USA, maybe drop into Europe and then pay China a visit around October.
Sounds like fun.
AUSSIE BBQ – ANNANDALE HOTEL, SYDNEY / SXSW BLOG
Next on was surprise act Toby Martin (of Youth Group fame) playing an acoustic set that was followed by the always dynamic, oh so entertaining Goons of Doom. Injecting a bit of life into the Tuesday night crowd as well as a dash of humour, the amusing interlude that featured a few band members diving off stage to do ‘the shark’ took crowd participation to a new level.
AUSSIE BBQ – ANNANDALE HOTEL, SYDNEY / THE AU REVIEW
Next up were Goons of Doom, and all I can say is: wow. This band, for lack of a better phrase, is so fucking rad. Dominating the stage and the dance floor, the Sydney four piece produce damn catchy, fly on your face rock and roll. Their sets are varied, and include tracks that are “bebop for all the stiffies”, and others which balance hilarity with underground rock. Think Black Lips meets bogan rock, with easy to sing along lyrics and a bit of a Royal Headache vibe. Beer glasses were used as instruments for one, with one member hitting them with a drum stick. Later in the set, the lead singer became a shark and attacked the crowd, eventually being placed on a chair and spun around as he sung the lyrics: “the shark that took my lover there should be more sharks like that around here”. Hilarious. Fantastic. Awesome. Their set ended with “Burn Alive”.
ABSURD & UNHEARD / BLOG
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I have written in the past about the resurgence of punk music, mentioning bands like Holy Fuck, The Soft Pack and musicians like Jemina Pearl. Now I feel it’s about time I pluck another band out of the cesspool that is popular music and plunge them into my simmering stew of attitude driven, alcohol fueled collection of beats, riffs and exhalation.
One band I feel everyone needs to know can be found right now driving their decrepit van across America, with stops in Los Angeles, a few shows at the ever-popular SXSW in Austin, Texas and then on up to Brooklyn. On every stop there is no doubt the crowd will be entertained not only by the energetic live sets these drunk surfers put on, but also by the hilariously offside lyrics which accompany the traditional surf-punk instrumentals. What these lads lack in musical ability is more than made up for by their love of music, fun, beer, cigarettes and women. Just one listen to songs like “The Slapper”(“we got married at a boxing match… even though they didn’t have a ring”) , “Beer $$$”(“well its true, i stole your money… I spent it on beer and friends“), or my personal favourite from “For a Girl” (“i understand i shouldn’t smoke, but im a smoking kind of bloke and i promise not to choke im not from choking kind of folk… So roll your love for me, ill gladly have a toke“). With regard to the offside lyrics, pay special attention to the song “Fingered”.
So, if you’re Lucky enough to be near LA, Austin or Brooklyn go check out The Goons of Doom. I guarantee you won’t be let down. And shit, if you are, Aaron will refund your ticket costs.
AUSSIE BBQ – THE ECHO, LOS ANGELES / BIG WHEEL ONLINE MAGAZINE
Goons of Doom would follow up and and explain, “We ARE rock and roll,” This was uttered by the singer with a mullet as the group got onstage. The whole feel of Goons of Doom was that of Queens of the Stone Age. Straight up rock and roll with funny lyrics inspired from an earlier time.
The group would switch instruments and singers after almost every song. No one in the band looked like they would get along but everything onstage said the individual looks of the members gave so much more to this band.
From Elvis inspired rock classics to classical “chunka, chunka, chunka,” ska riffs there was a little something for everyone. And if the music wasn’t enough the antics were enough to make anyone smile.
“This song is called shark attack. It’s about when….ummm…sharks….attack.”
Yeah there was a shark attack, The singer with the mullet made his way offstage and onto the floor while trying to swim away, but oh no, here comes the shark. The shark was just another member of the band who would roll around on the floor with Mr. Mullet as a fan poured beer on them.
If this is how Aussies party, send me down under.
VANS SXSW PARTY – EMO’S, AUSTIN TEXAS / TWITTER
Come to #emos for Goons of Doom. Sound check is awesome!
VANS SXSW PARTY – EMO’S, AUSTIN TEXAS / VANS BLOG
First up we had Goons of Doom. This set was so fun and I appreciate the gnarly sweaters. In the middle of the show, one of the guys jumped into the crowd fake-swimming while another fake-swam around him like a shark to the Jaws theme. My favorite part was this little kid trying to attack him with a toy dinosaur while he was on the floor – haha. Give these guys a listen because any band playing a tambourine in 2010 is worth it.
SPIN MAGAZINE SXSW PARTY – STUBBS, AUSTIN, TEXAS / SENTIMENTALIST MAG
What a relief, then, to wander over to the indoor stage (mostly in hopes of a shorter beer line at the bar inside) and stumble across Goons of Doom from Australia, whose wild, raucous show was one of the most purely cathartic things we saw all day. Goons broke into brief bursts of song with memorable chorus lines such as “Hiss Hiss Shake Shake” before surprising the crowd (and totally winning it over) when they performed a dramatic interpretation of a shark attacking a swimmer (featuring a cardboard dorsal fin, as well as a lot of writhing on the floor) followed by a song whose opening line referenced “the shark who ate my lover.” This band definitely knew how to show their audience a good time, and we were lucky to have been a part of it.
SPIN MAGAZINE SXSW PARTY – STUBS, AUSTIN, TEXAS / CAKE IN 15 BLOG
Also awesome at the SPIN party: Goons of Doom. Foul-mouthed heavy Aussie rockers with choruses like “Burn alive, burn alive, every motherfucker’s gonna burn alive.” Towards the end of their set, one band members pretended to swim on the ground in front of the stage while another charged through the crowd with a shitty hand-made shark fin held above his head, then jumped on top and pretended to eat his band mate, all to a song with the line “The shark that ate my lover, I want to buy that shark a beer.” Their recent record on Volcom Entertainment is called I Hate My Hair and Want To Die, so if they are touring, find them and bring your harpoons.
SPIN MAGAZINE SXSW PARTY – STUBBS, AUSTIN, TEXAS / SPIN.COM
U.K. quintet Goons of Doom’s snarling guitar assault leaned toward kegger rock,
SPIN MAGAZINE SXSW PARTY – STUBBS, AUSTIN, TEXAS / TWITTER
“Burn alive, burn alive, every motherfucker’s gonna burn alive!”
Just finished watching Goons of Doom complete a shark attack. They ate an Australian!
Spin party watching Goons of Doom! #sxsw free vodka drinks!
AUSSIE BBQ – BROOKLYN, NYC / SENTIMENTALIST MAG
The Aussie BBQ certainly knows how to make a grand finish, saving the likes of Goons of Doom as the rad and rabid topper for this fest. We’d already witnessed Goons at SXSW 2010’s SPIN Party, so we knew what shark-infested waters we were getting into with this rowdy, cheeky, surf/horror rock band. The Goons, all childhood friends, including pro surf boarder Ozzie Wrong, as well as Cowboy, Killerwhale and Vaughn Dead, formed a band even before they knew how to play an instrument. The knack for entertaining must have always been in their blood. See what they had to say.
Earlier in the evening, one of the Goons mentioned they’d only bring out the shark attack scenario of their set one last time, but at least tonight would be that time. Never to disappoint, Goons unfurled this much-touted, raucous performance in a bit that defies description, so rather than let me ramble, just check it out:
This fearless bunch of showmen has always thrived on the fact that no band mate is always the lead singer and everyone takes turns at just about everything. The Goons’ nobody’s the star, all-are-invited-to-the-party vibe led to tonight’s grand finish, with most of the audience piling on stage by their last song.