It’s hard to believe that Australia’s The Goon Sax made their debut album when they were still in high school. It was so good, that it felt in many ways like it would be tough to beat. However on their latest album We’re Not Talking, it’s clear that the trio just seems to get better with time. The twee indie pop that’s on the album is about as good as the subgenre gets, while offering a stronger songwriting presence mixed with post-punk elements in the process.
The album’s opener, “Make Time 4 Love” should immediately remind you of the quirky music that Violent Femmes and Talking Heads made thirty years ago. There’s a mix of sincere and deadpan vocals that stick with you, while the songwriting is so catchy that you’ll have the melody stuck in your head for days.
While the song “Love Lost” has this underpinned notation of bands like The Modern Times and Gene Loves Jezebel, the three piece is certainly making their own sound here. There’s plenty of eighties structure, but The Goon Sax aren’t lifting more than they’re just seemingly inspired by the era. There’s a post-punk feel to “She Knows,” a dissonant folk feel to “Somewhere in Between,” and an eighties pop vibe on “We Can’t Win.” The album makes it’s own path and reminds you of the past at the same time. Even the jingle pop of “Get Out” just shows that The Goon Sax are on their own plane, crafting songs that fall all over the place, but also somehow go together.
The Goon Sax is on tour through November. You can catch them in person on October 4 in Spain at La Lata De Bombillas. A complete list of their tour dates can be found here. We’re Not Talking is available to stream on all platforms, you can purchase it in these digital storefronts, from Bandcamp, or from Wichita Recordings.
Image Credits: Photo by Ben OConnor.