THE GOON SAX share new single “We Can’t Win”, from the album We’re Not Talking due 14 September on Wichita, plus UK live dates

August 23, 2018

Ben O’Connor


Share new single “We Can’t Win”:

Taken from We’re Not Talking due out via Wichita on 14 September

Plus Autumn UK Tour
inc. Rough Trade East instore 19th September & London headline show 16th October

Autumn tour dates:
Mon 17 September – Hug & Pint, Glasgow UK 
Tue 18 September – Headrow House, Leeds UK  

Wed 19 Sept – London – Rough Trade East
Thu 20 September – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK 

Sat 22 Sept – YES, Manchester

Sun 23 Sept – Grain Barge, Bristol
Mon 15 Oct – The Green Door Store, Brighton
Tue 16 October – The Garage, London UK  

(see full tour dates below)

The Goon Sax share new single “We Can’t Win,” the last taster prior to the release of their incredible second album We’re Not Talking (out 14 September via Wichita)Early reviews are in – and they’re nothing short of incandescent, including 4*s in Mojo plus a Mojo Rising feature, 8/10 in Uncut and 9/10 from Loud & Quiet.

The trio (made up of Louis ForsterRiley Jones, and James Harrison) has a seemingly supernatural ability to capture the essence of youthful love, heartbreak, and confusion, and this is perhaps best embodied in the song We Can’t Win.” With tender trading vocals between Louis and Riley, a sense of loss is immediately felt, as though something that was once simple and beautiful had become complicated and painful. It’s a broken heart song, but one that doesn’t confound its message with oblique lyrics, instead using directness to lay itself bare.

The band bring their brilliantly human and brutally honest vignettes of adolescent angst to the UK with shows in September and October, including dates in Glasgow and Leeds, plus a newly announced instore at Rough Trade East on 19 September, shows in Birmingham (20th) and Manchester (22nd) before heading to Europe and returning for a gig at Brighton‘s Green Door Store on 15 October and their biggest London headline show to date at The Garage on 16 October.


The Goon Sax are James HarrisonLouis Forster and Riley Jones from Brisbane, Australia. Still in high school when they made their first album Up To Anything in 2016, they made the end of year lists for BBC 6MusicBillboard and Rough Trade, and earned them raves from the GuardianPitchforkSpinUncutRolling Stone and elsewhere. According to Metacritic, Up To Anything was the 8th best-reviewed debut album anywhere in the world in 2016.

We’re Not Talking shows how much can change between the ages of 17 and 19. It’s a record that takes the enthusiasms of youth and twists them into darker, more sophisticated shapes. Relationships are now laced with hesitation, remorse, misunderstanding and ultimately compassion. Drummer Riley Jones really comes to the fore here, joining Louis and James in singing lead and writing songs for the first time, making the band the musical equivalent of an equilateral triangle (the strongest shape in physics).

The Goon Sax brim with personality, charm and heart-wrenching honesty. We’re Not Talking is a record made by restless artists, defying expectations as if hardly noticing, and its complexity makes We’re Not Talking even more of a marvel.




Mon. Sept. 17 – Hug & Pint, Glasgow UK
Tue. Sept. 18 – Headrow House, Leeds UK

Wed. Sept. 19 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East
Thu. Sept. 20 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds

Sat. Sept. 22 – Manchester UK @ YES
Thur. Sept 27 – Cologne, Germany @ King Georg
Sat. Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany @ Internet Explorer
Tue. Oct. 9 – Toulouse, FR @ L’usine à Musiques
Thu. Oct. 11 – Nantes, FR @ Pole Etudiant
Fri. Oct. 12 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère
Mon. Oct. 15 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
Tue. Oct. 16 – London, UK @ The Garage

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


“The Goon Sax have created a glorious pop album that perfectly captures those awkward confusions on the road to adulthood” –  MOJO (****)

“We’re Not Talking manages to further embellish the adolescent brilliance of their debut. They experiment with pop’s history while still continuing to grow into a sound that’s undeniably their own.” – Loud and Quiet (9/10) 

“Fresh out of school and still teens, the group create transcendently awkward tongue-tied pop reminiscent of Bristol’s Sarah Records releases between 1987 and 1995. You get the feeling that they’re really only getting started.” – Louder Than War 

“This group of teenagers from Brisbane could be your favorite new band.” – NPR Music

8/10 – UNCUT

The Goon Sax
We’re Not Talking

1. Make Time 4 Love
2. Love Lost
3. She Knows
4. Losing Myself
5. Somewhere In Between
6. Strange Light
7. Sleep EZ
8. We Can’t Win
9. A Few Times Too Many
10. Now You Pretend
11. Get Out
12. Til The End




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