1. Growing Up
Parents of the Goons of Doom forced upon the band a wide array of musical influences. Everything from Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Christopher Cross, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, Slayer, Sex Pistols, Sade, Easybeats, Madonna and Boston Blackie’s Bonzer Boys. You can hear them all in every song we write.
The bands that inspired us to start our band were Ween, The Mouldy Peaches, Jonathan Richman, Mammal, TDAATEC, The Hellmen and The Val Dusty Experiment. The first time we heard The Pod by Ween everyone pretty much lost their shit.
3. Your Band
We met on the first day of school and have been best friends ever since. So we grew up with a lot of the same musical tastes. We made a surf film called Doped Youth and bought a bunch of instruments from Cash Converters to use as props. After we finished filming we plugged ’em in, thrashed around for three hours and told everyone after that we were the best band in the entire world. None of us could actually play but that didn’t stop us from taking it all over the world for the next ten years.
4. The Music You Make
We’ve made four albums, with the latest, Kill The Band, set for release in November. Our first album, The Story Of Dead Barbie & Ghost, was produced by Matt Strong from Custard, which was rad, and our second album, I Hate My Hair And I Wanna Die,was produced by Indra and Dallas from the Ground Components. Revenge Of The Goons was produced by Ray of Sunshine Lalatoa from Fait Accompli and he ended up joining the band. The latest one, Kill The Band, was all Pauly Bianco (formerly of Dogbuoy) and it’s a full-on party album recorded with guys from about eight sick Aussie bands including Wolfmother, The Vines, Sherlock’s Daughter, Red Riders, Resin Dogs, Mylee And The Milkshakes and more. It’s been our favourite to record for sure.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
The music scene in Sydney is super strong, and maybe sometimes it doesn’t get the love it deserves. Between FBi and My Sydney Riot and all the city venues there is always an option to see someone new who’s totally ripping. In saying that, though, the northern beaches scene is at an all time low. There are limited venues and the kids have nowhere to cut loose to live music. At our last local show the bouncers kicked out half the crowd before we were three songs in, and then ripped the power out of the wall and banned us for life. It’s the fifth time it’s happened and all ’cause a few kids jumped on stage. Nobody was being violent or causing any shit. The northern beaches need to have more faith in the youth, man, because shit is fucked right now.
With: Elegant Shiva, The Ruminaters
Where: Hotel Street, Kings Cross
When: Saturday October 12