The Goon Sax reveal new single + video + UK/Europe/US tour dates

Make Time 4 Love is the thrilling new single from Brisbane trio The Goon Sax, taken from their forthcoming album We’re Not Talking, due out on Chapter Music on 14 September (via Wichita Recordings outside Aus/NZ).

Having toured UK/Europe with Frankie Cosmos in May, including a sold-out show at London’s Sebright Arms, then played their first ever US shows in June, The Goon Sax can now announce a return to the UK, Europe and the USA for their biggest tour yet, running from September through November.

Gloriously catchy with a triumphantly satisfying hook, Make Time 4 Love encapsulates their brand of awkwardly transcendent guitar pop. It is taken to another level with a flourish of horns and strings, not to mention the inspired addition of a cowbell as a lead instrument.

The video for the track, shot in Los Angeles and directed by Ryan Daniel Browne, was premiered via NPR, who wrote: “Fans of early Talking Heads albums, listen up. This group of teenagers from Brisbane could be your favorite new band.”

Louis Forster from the band says “This song is about learning to live with yourself and accepting that everyone’s impulses seem irrational to someone else. It’s also about realising that love is at odds with the rest of your life and admitting defeat. head hung. We were listening to a lot of ESG and Liquid Liquid around that time so the song ended up kind of dancy!”

About the video, Louis reveals that “James was bitten by the dog, luckily not rabid! Aside from that we had a lot of fun shooting. Seeing all that desert around L.A was pretty amazing, we just wanted time to go there so we wrote to Ryan a couple of days before shooting and he drove us out and took some shots. The song was playing from the car but it was so windy we couldn’t really hear it even at full volume.”

The band cite the eerie animations of Lotte Reiniger and Sándor Reisenbüchler as inspirations for the video, as well as the cover art of late period Scott Walker albums Tilt and Drift. About its dramatic shifts in mood, Louis says “The video takes place in three worlds: wicked, regular, and a third removed fantasy.”

The band previously shared the album’s first single She Knows, revealing a spikier, scratchy post-punk sound. You can watch the video here.


Tues Aug 14 – Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane – tickets

Mon Sep 17 – Hug & Pint, Glasgow UK
Tue Sep 18 – Headrow House, Leeds UK
Thu Sep 20 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
Tue Oct 09 – L’usine à Musiques, Toulouse FR
Thu Oct 11 – Pole Etudiant, Nantes FR
Fri Oct 12 – Point Ephémère, Paris FR
Tue Oct 16 – The Garage, London UK
(More UK/Europe dates to be announced soon)

Tue Oct. 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Wed Oct. 24 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
Thu Oct. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
Fri Oct. 26 – Montreal, QC @ Brassiere Beaubien
Sat Oct. 27 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
Mon Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
Tue Oct. 30 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Thu Nov. 1 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Sat Nov. 3 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic
Mon Nov. 5 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Tue Nov. 6 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
Thu. Nov. 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
Fri Nov. 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater