Accompanied by local bands WASH and Bleach Girls, the Goons of Doom blessed us surfy shoeless punters with a free Sunday sesh in Cooly on the weekend. As a part of their Sewer tour, for their latest release 'Faster than Satan', the boys are set to 'steal your money and spend it on beer and cigarettes' as they are travelling around Australia for the first time in 6 years.
After a long weekend of gigs at the Quicky Pro, the crew was at it again nice and early on the Sunday afternoon, slamming beers and having a banter about ways to avoid going to work the next day. Laughter and smiles were filling the venue as the sun was on the verge of setting, sending a warm and glistening light in from the ocean and through the doors and windows of the hotel. It was easy to tell that the Sydney boys had attracted a lively and vivacious crowd that were ready to have a good time.
The boys came on stage with a soundcheck, as people began to immerse themselves into the crowd closer to the stage. With grins on everyone's faces, Goons of Doom played favourites like 'Fingered' and 'It Stinks' got everyone up and dancing (or at least jumping around into each other) and singing along to all the words they could. With the amount of energy the surf punk band put into their performance, you wouldn't have been able to tell that they'd been doing it for 12 years already. Beer, posters with song lyrics, shoes, and other miscellaneous items were being thrown around by the rowdy on goers.
With a lot of chanting and requesting, we managed to get the boys to play what would be their most famous tune (and probably my favourite) 'For A Girl', in which they announced they hadn't played in many years. Having a chat with them after their set, I asked why they hadn't played their most loved song in such a long time, and in return they responded, "The song is about our ex-girlfriends back in the day. I don't think our current girlfriends (that were in the crowd) enjoy the song too much'.
The end their national tour at the end of this month after a few gigs in Gosford, Torquay, and Melbourne