Interview | Good Boy

Polaroid by Savannah van der Niet

It’s been a pretty busy past year for Brisbane trio Good Boy. After the release of their widely popular single ‘Transparency’ in October, they kicked off 2016 with a performance at Laneway Festival, toured with the likes of Viet Cong, Homeshake and North East Party House and this month, released their debut EP No Love For Back Home. Currently in the middle of an east coast EP tour, Good Boy’s Rian King (vocals,bass) took some time out for a chat. 

Your ‘No Love For Back Home’ EP came out this month how are you feeling about its release now that it’s out in the world? It seems to have had a pretty warm reception so far…
We are really happy! We sort of wanted to release “No Love” a bit earlier than this; It’s been ready for a while and Tom, Stu and I have another Ep\P we want to put out so we can tour some more, and focus on writing and recording new songs. But we are proud of this release!

You’re in the middle of touring the EP at the moment – how have been finding the shows?
The shows have all been great! Melbourne was a bit sloppy (someone had a little to much beer) but our supports (Loobs and the Outdoors Type) and the crowd were great!

Wooloongong was the stand out for sure, playing with Crepes and The Murlocs (all super mega nice and uber talented guys). The town and its inhabitants seemed lovely and the dudes at Rad were awesome and took good care of us. All the punters rocked up on stakeboards. What a party.

We played at Oxford Arts Factory in sydney for the Rare Finds party (shout out to general pants) with about 10(?) other bands split across two rooms. Heaps of mates were there and we were exposed to heaps of new music. Our set wasn’t half bad either so spirits were high!

You guys gained momentum pretty much straight from the outset and thing’s haven’t really slowed down since – how have you found the adjustment from just starting a band not very long ago to playing a constant stream of gigs and and now headline touring?
Ahhh we feel we have learnt so much in just over a year but we are still always daunted and excited! Brisbane is a great place to be to be a band. Such a nurturing scene!

You guys played Laneway earlier this year – how did you find the whole experience?
Yeah laneway was good aye. Met some cool people, saw some good music. I think we were a bit nervous but our set and the crowd was great, and our best mate Ethan totally aced our sound.

What kind of stuff did you listen to growing up?
Oh man. Toms folks would’ve educated him with the Eagles and Elton John or something. I know for a fact Tom’s first CD was Hanson. My mum always put on Simon & Garfunkel, meatloaf, ABBA. In highschool I(Rian) listened to so much music it was almost a drug but i distinctly remember alot of Death Cab, Kanye, Jose Gonzalez and Fleet Foxes. Stu loves Bombay Bicycle Club, Foals and “nice mixes”. And other things I’m sure haha.

What have you been listening to lately?
Parquet Courts – Human Performance
Crepes – Cold Summer
Big White – Teenage Dreams
Summer Flake – Hello Friends
Trust Punks – Discipline
And Eddy Currant, Dick Diver and You Beauty always haha

After this tour wraps up, what’s coming up that you’re excited about?
Knuckling down, writing and recording a whole lot, playing with some great bands, maybe touring a little, seeing loads of music live. You know, all that stuff. Wooo!

‘No Love For Back Home’ is out now. Remaining EP tour dates below. 

Good Boy remaining tour dates

Good Boy + Tempura Nights + These Guys
Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Good Boy
The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba

Babaganouj + Good Boy + Pop Cult
Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba

Minimum Wage with
Babaganouj + Good Boy
Miami Tavern, Miami