Good Boy today release their scorching EP Shirk Life. Shirk Life is a whip-smart, catchy-as-hell snapshot of living in Brisbane in your early 20’s from one of Australia’s most exciting young punk bands.
Until recently, Good Boy never thought of themselves as a political band but sometimes the times just force your hand. Released last week with an incredible video (below), the EP’s first track ‘A Waste Of 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)’ spits a self-explanatory message about the absurd and insulting marriage equality plebiscite. Similarly, ‘Fishing With A Shotgun’ and ‘Hell in a Handbasket’ seethe with frustration about the seeming non-choice between neo-liberal, right-wing and conservative politicians.
Stand-out track ‘1972 VW Superbug’ is a nostalgic sprawler which explores regional life via bored late-nights in their hometown of Bundaberg, Queensland. Never has “rum-city” been sung about with such romance and pathos. Meanwhile, the final track, ‘Majic Country’ is an ode to their new home of Fortitude Valley.
Shirk Life is a collection of songs that show a young band finding and questioning their place in the world. Thought-provoking and exhilarating.
Shirk Life will also be available on a limited edition 12″ vinyl, packaged as a double EP with their earlier standout EP Plum. You can order it HERE.
Good Boy are also heading around Australia this December, and they have just announced incredible supports in each city (see below). Their live energy recalls the best of Cloud Nothings, Parquet Courts and Australia’s influential Eddy Current Suppression Ring. In the last 12 months alone they have played Falls Festival, Blurst of Times, Splendour in the Grass, and toured with Skeggs, The Creases, Japandroids and Grinspoon. Catch Good Boy on the following dates:
Dec 8 – Brighton Hotel, Mandurah – w/ Good Doogs and Teen Angst
Dec 9 – Mr Lonely, Fremantle – w/ Carla Geneve
Dec 14 – Workers Club, Melbourne – w/ LAZERTITS, No Local, S.M. Jenkins
Dec 15 – The Lansdowne, Sydney – w/ Neighbourhood Void, Cody Munro Moore and special guests
Dec 16 – Crowbar, Brisbane – w/ Dumb Things and The Gametes
Dec 22 – Cats at Rocket Bar, Adelaide – w/ Siamese and special guests
Shirk Life Tracklisting
1. A Waste Of Approximately 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)
2. 1972 VW Superbug
3. Consume, You Yuppy Dogs
4. Fishing With A Shotgun
5. Hell In A Handbasket
6. Majic Country