Professional party starters The Gooch Palms return to their unique and infectious brand of good-time garage rock on raw new duet ‘Are We Wasted?’ out Friday, February 22nd.
Full of pounding drums, fuzz-filled chords and an upbeat, catchy melody – it’s everything that makes Goochies great. The single captures the best of the duo’s notoriously wild live shows and is sure to be dancing around your head for days.
Of the album songs ‘Are We Wasted?’ holds a special place in Leroy Macqueen’s heart “This was one of the most enjoyable songs we’ve ever written and it’s one of my personal favs. It’s also super fun to play live!”
‘Are We Wasted’ follows on from poppy, feminist punk tune ‘Busy Bleeding’ featuring TOTTY’s Kelly Jansch, ode to the supernatural ‘Marfa Lights’ and most recently good-time hit ‘Summertime’. All three blistering anthems will feature on their third album out via their fresh new label Ratbag Records/BMG.
The Gooch Palms – ‘Are We Wasted?’
Late last year the Goochies joined mates DZ Deathrays for their killer triple j Like A Version of ‘Loveshack’ which quickly became a fan favourite, clocking over a combined390,000 views to date. View it here.
After touring the globe extensively and earning cult followings in every city, they’ve returned to our golden shores, new album in tow.
The Newcastle natives have a busy month ahead; taking their killer dance infused garage rock to a surely sold out crowd when they launch the single at Cherry Bar on Saturday February 23rd, before crossing shores once again to play a coveted spot at SXSW. They’ll then continue their reverb soaked journey on a two month, 35+ date tour around the rest of the US and Canada.
Get wasted and sing your heart out with The Gooch Palms.
THE GOOCH PALMS
‘Are We Wasted?’ OUT NOW
via Ratbag Records/BMG
What is your name and role within The Gooch Palms?
Hey I’m Kat, I play drums and do some singing
You’re originally from Newcastle and now based in LA, what’s the music scene like in LA at the moment?
We moved back from LA around a year ago, it was awesome but we felt we were neglecting Australia a bit so decided to move back. We haven’t been back to the US this year but before we left the LA scene was awesome, so many great bands, there was always a local show to go to. But we’ll be heading back early next year for a big US tour around SXSW.
Who are your favourite acts from Newcastle?
Raave Tapes of course! Also loving some of the young bands right now like Milky Threads, Fritz and Surf Trash. It’s a great scene in Newcastle, all the bands are great!
How and why did you end up moving to LA?
We just decided one day to do it. We always enjoyed touring the US so we decided to sell everything we owned except our instruments and move to America. We didn’t know where we’d live, we planned on just heading over for a tour and settling where ever we found a place that we liked. But about a month before we left our friend posted about a room in his house for rent in Los Angeles and we asked if we could take it and he said yes and that was how we ended up there. It worked out great though, LA has such a welcoming scene and we had so many musician friends living there so it was a pretty smooth and super fun transition. We’ll definitely spend more time in Los Angeles in the future, might end up living back there again! Who knows!
How did the Gooch Palms form and how did you come up with the band name?
We started the band in preschool when we were about one and a half years old. The only word Leroy could say was “gooch” and the only word I could say was “palms” so that’s how we decided on the band name. All our first songs were also called Gooch Palms and we just sang about ourselves!
You’ve just finished an Australian tour with RAAVE TAPES, what did you most enjoy and also find most challenging with this tour?
It’s great touring with a support band, especially when you’re friends. It’s nice to see the same faces when you get to the venue each day. And they are so fun live. The only challenging thing was not playing more shows. That tour was only a few shows and we love playing so it would have been sweet to play a bunch more shows with them.
Your latest single Summertime dropped a few weeks ago, where and when did you record it?
We’ve recorded a new album and have released three tracks so far, Busy Bleeding, Marfa Lights and most recently Summertime. We recorded some at our house in LA last year, some at The Grove on the Central Coast with Dylan Adams and then finished it all up at Dylan’s studio in Coogee a few months ago. Now we’re just releasing singles and waiting for the perfect time to drop the album!
What influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
Summertime was written a few days before we went into the studio at The Grove and didn’t have lyrics at the time. I went into a small office and wrote some lyrics after Leroy and I had a chat about the vibe of the song, we decided we wanted to call it Summertime and give it a summery vibe. So I just plopped down some lyrics and ran them by Leroy and we were like “yeah that will do”. Leroy was going to sing it but was struggling with the phrasing so I quickly grabbed a mic and went back to the small office and quietly sang it straight into the computer as a guide track. When I took it back Leroy and Dylan really liked the way it sounded and they thought I should sing it. We all agreed it sounded completely different to the original way we intended and almost sounded a bit French so I changed some of the lyrics to French (thanks Google Translate!!!) and learnt how to say them, I had to write it all out frenetically, and laid down the vocal. We used a really old accordion organ (don’t know if that’s what it’s called) to bring the end of the song home. Leroy played it and it was starting to heat up so he only had one opportunity to get it right. By the end of the first take the organ was smoking! But we got the take and it really added to the french vibe of the song. It was only supposed to be an album track but it turned out great so we released it as a single.
How do you usually go about writing music and lyrics and then turn them into songs?
Leroy generally writes the guitar part and then we work on a melody and then get a vibe for the song and talk about what subject matter or lyric content might go with the song and then jot down some ideas. The ideas usually change a few times but we settle on some solid lyrics and then build the music section with guitars and drums and then record it as a demo. Some demos don’t ever see the light of day but the ones that do end up being recorded properly and being released!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
We’re currently listening to a band from Sweden called Viagra Boys on repeat!
What do you like to do outside of music?
Leroy surfs, I like to go to the beach too. We like seeing other bands play and hanging out with friends. Love a cold beer down the pub and do karaoke when ever possible.
You’ll be playing at the Best Night Ever on the 29th of December on the Gold Coast along with RAAVE TAPES, DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats and a heap of other rad bands, any idea of what can we expect on the night from this killer line up?
It will be one epic show. All the bands are awesome and we’re also all friends so it will be one giant party on and off stage! We may just get a few of our pals from the other bands up for a song as well!!! But I expect it to be a very fun night!
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Apart from playing Best Night Ever the rest of the year is going to be pretty chill for us. We usually play NYE but have taken this year off so just planning on partying our way into 2019! We are heading back to the US early in the new year and will be hitting up Europe and of course a big Aussie tour. And dropping the new album some time in the near future!
The Gooch Palms are well and truly back. After taking some well deserved down time following extensive touring across the globe and a few years spent in Los Angeles after the release of their second album,Introverted Extroverts, The Goochies have since burst out of the gates with three new tunes. Smash hitBusy Bleeding dominated the airwaves since it’s release earlier this year, followed shortly after by an “out of this world” ode to the super natural; Marfa Lights. And now, what will surely be the feel good hit of the summer, the aptly named Summertime.
“Miles away we’ll be today… Oooooh yeah, you’re stretched out on a beach towel spread upon the white sands of Palombaggia Beach, in the South of France. You sip a Mauresque cocktail while watching the azure waves gently lap the shore. A bead of sweat drips from your temple down your cheek as the warm sun shines down. You hop up, walk to the waters edge, and slowly walk into the shallow water. It’s the perfect temperature for a hot summers day. As the water rises to your knees you plunge yourself into the crystal clear water and glide, weightless below the waves. Or maybe your just listening to THE feel good hit of this summer “Summertime” by The Gooch Palms!” Kat & Leroy from The Gooch Palms
Watch Kat and Leroy showcase a new Goochies dance move in the new Summertime video as premiered on Life Without Andy. The music video sees them dancing around various locations in Melbourne.
All three corkers come via the duo’s fresh signing with Ratbag Records with album number three just around the corner.
It’s been a wild ride for The Gooch Palms, starting out as a DIY garage punk band in their front bedroom in Newcastle to honing their skills on stages across the globe they have seen and done a hell of a lot. Three EPs, two albums and hundreds of shows have shaped the band into one of the most beloved acts in Australia and if you ask Leroy and Kat, they’ll tell you their only just getting started. These professional party starters will get you singing at the top of your lungs and shaking dat ass!
The single, Summertime is available now on all major streaming services.
“Heading into town with the windows rolled down, hoping that they’ll show. But they’re already here in that blacked-out sphere, looks like they’ll show. We drive and we drive but we don’t seem to get any closer, hanging in the blue sky and it’s not trying’ to hide from plain sight, that’s not right!” A UFO? A secret government aircraft? A blimp-like Tethered Aerostat Radar System?
The Gooch Palms’ Kat Friend and Leroy Macqueen often go far out of their way to drive through Marfa while they are on tour in the US of A. It’s a small desert art hub in the middle of nowhere a.k.a. the West Texas high desert and one of their favourite places in America. And there’s some freaky stuff going on there.It was a couple of years ago and despite visiting the small town before, they’d never ventured out to the viewing area on Highway 90 to see the mysterious Marfa lights, an unexplained phenomenon that the tiny town is famous for. So one afternoon while driving into the town to rest for the night, they decided it was finally time. Despite Leroy’s strong scepticism and general disinterest for touristy activities they were going to see the lights that night. Kat was stoked. But looking up above the desert as they got closer to the town they noticed a black egg shaped object floating perfectly still, high in the distance just hanging in the sky. So they decided to drive towards it but couldn’t get any closer, it remained the same distance away for hours. Despite their intense curiosity and being straight up creeped out, they eventually gave up and drove into Marfa.
Later that night they drove out to Highway 90 and witnessed firsthand the spectacle that is the Marfa Lights. Bright orbs of light darting back and forth in front of a mountain range above the desert scrub, appearing and disappearing, merging together, splitting apart, or sometimes just hovering in the same place for a bit. Totally wild stuff. Even Leroy was impressed! The next day Kat scrawled down some notes about their experience with the UFO and the mystery lights, stuffed them in the glovebox and they moved on West to play El Paso that night.
A year later, during a brutal heatwave in the middle of Summer in Los Angeles Leroy was working on a new song while hotboxing himself to delirium in his tiny bedroom. He had the door and window closed and the fan turned off to keep out the noise so he had to work quick or risk certain death! Armed only with an 808 drum machine and his guitar he got to work. He emerged 20 minutes later, drenched in sweat with the start of a new demo, named “Cake Song”. He had a monotone “Cake” (the band) style melody in mind and needed some lyrical inspiration. After working on some random lyrics with Kat she remembered the Marfa notes in the glovebox. Once they had their inspiration the song practically wrote it’s self within minutes. Excited to record their tale they laid down the vocals in the hotbox that same day, emerging dehydrated and 5kg lighter, but with the Marfa Lights demo in the bag.
Fast forward to 2018 and the duo head into the studio to record a bunch of demos they’ve been sitting on. But unlike all the other demos Marfa Lights wasn’t really tampered with too much, the demo already had all the feels they were after. They added a couple of bit’s and pieces, most memorably a late night floor tom and snare “drum-circle” session with producer/engineer/drummer Dylan Adams to add some extra oomph and drive the song home, but the rest was left as it was originally created; vocals, a guitar and an 808 in the smokey heat of a tiny room.
Marfa Lights follows The Gooch Palms smash hit first single, Busy Bleeding Featuring Kelly Jansch, from TOTTY. That’s right, the poppy upbeat ode to “that time of the month” that you’ve heard across the airwaves. To celebrate the release of Marfa Lights, The Gooch Palms will hit the road along the east coast.
Fellow Novocastrians, Raave Tapes will join The Gooch Palms as guests at the Brisbane and Melbourne shows. Raave Tapes are using their self-branded sparkly dance punk to take the “bro” out of “celebration”, one party at a time. They have enjoyed strong backing from radio institutions such as triple j, 4ZZZ FM and RTR FM and have shared the stage supporting the likes of Northeast Party House and Hockey Dad. Their endearing take on the Saddle Club mythos in the K Bye music video has racked up over 100,000 views.
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So that my friends, is the story of Marfa Lights – a song about The Goochies’ brush with some paranormal (maybe) activity and one of the hottest recording sessions in history. You can enjoy and sing along to the full story by peeping the music video made by the band themselves featuring a hypnotic alien dancing (90’s viral “Dancing Baby” style) in front of one of Marfa’s permanent art installations “Prada Marfa” accompanied by the bold lyrics to this wonderful yarn. HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY IT! And never forget, the truth is out there!!!
The single, Marfa Lights is available now on all major streaming services.LISTEN/PURCHASE MARFA LIGHTS HERE
WITH GUESTS RAAVE TAPES*FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER – CROWBAR, BRISBANE*
SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER – NOISY HEELER FESTIVAL, MUSSELLBROOK
(WITH HOCKEY DAD, WAAX) SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE*
SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER – THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY*RAAVE TAPES APPEARINGPRE-SALE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ON MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER @ 9AM
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: BRISBANE | SYDNEY | MELBOURNE
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Taking some much-needed downtime after two wild years on the road, The Gooch Palms spent the past summer relocating from Los Angeles, where they had been residing for the previous three years, back to their hometown of Newcastle to settle in for some songwriting and recording.
What a fruitful summer it turned out to be as the first tasty morsel from this creative session comes in the form of a two-minute-forty-second feminist punk anthem, Busy Bleeding. Busy Bleeding is poppy upbeat ode to “that time of the month” and does it’s bloody well best to help quash the old taboo around periods and shed some much needed light and a splatter of blood on the topic. With classic lines suck as “running red, dropping dead, I’m in pieces” and “second pair of underwear, what a burden” half the population can relate and after a few listens, the other half will at least get the picture of what we’re all dealing with here!
“For half our natural lives women are dealing with this and why it’s such a big taboo is beyond us. Let’s forget the polite secrecy and scream and shout about periods ya’ll!!! We’re all taught early on that periods are embarrassing and gross and boys are raised not knowing anything about it until they’re forced to go grab some tampons for their female companion or friend from the store and it’s like the whole world is ending. ‘I hope this guy at the checkout doesn’t think I’m buying these to stick up my butt!!!’ Classic! Let’s talk about it like it’s no big deal, then it won’t be!” explains Kat from The Gooch Palms.
When tossing up who they wanted to release the first of what is guaranteed to be many smash hit singles,The Gooch Palms couldn’t look past their old pals Dunies and Ratbag Records! Fitting in with their fun loving life choices it was the perfect match, as was getting fellow label mate, Kelly Jansch, from TOTTY, to feature as a guest vocalist on Busy Bleeding.
Kat adds, “It’s one big happy, wait no happy isn’t a big enough word, F#CK-OFF ECSTATIC, family at Ratbag. We are so stoked to be working with the boys on this single and much more further down the track… and having Kelly sing on the track was absolutely perfect! The choruses needed an extra boost and Leroy didn’t want to sing a song about something he can’t experience so he took a step back and let Kell take the reins and the result was like POW! – There it is!!!!”
The single, Busy Bleeding is available now on all major streaming services.
The release of Busy Bleeding comes just in time for fans to get a few listens in before The Gooch Palms hit the road with their other 420 loving mates The Bennies for their “Natural Born Chillers” Aussie tour as well as a few other appearances around the country including GOMA and the Beer & BBQ Festivals! So go take an earful of Busy Bleeding and get ready for 2018 to be officially known as “YEAR OF THE GOOCH”!!!
*WITH THE BENNIES ‘NATURAL BORN CHILLERS’ TOURWEDNESDAY 27 JUNE – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE*
THURSDAY 28 JUNE – SHARK BAR, GOLD COAST*
FRIDAY 29 JUNE – GOMA W/ CABLE TIES, BRISBANE
SATURDAY 30 JUNE – BEER AND BBQ FEST, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 1 JULY – UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG*
THURSDAY 5 JULY – UNI BAR, ADELAIDE*
FRIDAY 6 JULY – BEER AND BBQ, ADELAIDE
SATURDAY 7 JULY – WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG*
SUNDAY 8 JULY – SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE*
FRIDAY 13 JULY – SALOON BAR, LAUNCESTON*
SATURDAY 14 JULY – BRISBANE HOTEL, HOBART*