The Goon Sax | Photo by Eric Schuman for XPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is a young band with a classic sound. Formed while the members were still in high school, Brisbane’s The Goon Sax carry a lifetime of influences with them. With James Harrison and Louis Forster trading off guitar and bass duties and Riley Jones supplying drums (and all three members singing), The Goon Sax quickly gained attention and acclaim for their inspired spin on the Australian (and New Zealand) indie pop traditions of the ’80s and ’90s.

Part of that era’s draw might have to do with one of the members’ own family: Louis is the son of Robert Forster, co-leader of the celebrated Go-Betweens. A family connection with only get you so far, though, and the Goon Sax prove themselves to be astoundingly adept at crafting miniature masterpieces. While on tour for their second album, 2018’s We’re Not Talking, The Goon Sax stopped by our studios to run through a breakneck set of new songs.

Listen to The Goon Sax’s Indie Rock Hit Parade session below and check out some photos from the studio…