Brisbane may well be seen as Melbourne’s little brother these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead and buried. The scene there, focussed around venues like Rics and The Zoo, is still vibrant – often misty-eyed but almost always enthralling when it comes to garage bands. Teenage trio The Goon Sax might be the moist promising act to emerge from there yet in 2015.
Whereas The John Steel Singers deal in all-power indie wigouts, Blank Realm have a gutsy realness to them and Gabriella Cohen is a somewhat more-sultry affair, these three teens are all about the jangle. Label Chapter Music signed them purely on the strength of hearing their demos (a first for the label) – which seems to have been a heroic stroke of luck going by tremendous debut track ‘Sometimes Accidentally’.
Hints of Galaxie 500 and The Pastels abound, and the video – premiered below – has the feel of something Edwyn Collins might have wandered into back in his Postcard days.
Fresh out of high school, the band comprises Louis Forster, James Harrison and Riley Jones, the latter joining after just a month of drum lessons. The former, meanwhile, has music in the family courtesy of dad Robert, of Go-Betweens fame.