Brisbane’s favourite politically-charged quartet Good Boy are coming in hot with a plate of perfectly steamed (and somewhat bittersweet) announcements today – kicking off with the release of their new single ‘Extended Heavy’, a delicate and delicious addition to their already-delectable discography.
‘Extended Heavy’ leans further into the pop realm than previous singles, blossoming into a short, sweet, and singalong-worthy chorus following a bouncing, strum-heavy verse. It is the perfect final step into the announce of Good Boy’s long-awaited debut full length record, ‘It Takes A Lot of Skill To Milk A Mare’, out Friday February 28.
Good Boy have carved out a career loaded with so many highs, and what goes up must inevitably come down. With that in mind, Good Boy are also today announcing with heavy hearts that this record will be their first and final, with the band calling it a day following the album’s release – the end of an era.
Fortunately, this bittersweet news comes with one final hurrah. Good Boy will perform their last show at The Triffid in Brisbane on April 24. This will be their biggest headline show to date, and is set to pay homage to their past releases as well as their new record. Tickets are on sale this Thursday February 6.
“I woke up at 5am the day we recorded the vocals for ‘Extended Heavy’ and four other songs from the album, and very soon I realised I hadn’t written any of them,” says frontman Rian King. “I took a Modafinil, smoked a sizeable joint and got to work. This seems like a very long time ago, and I have absolutely no idea what i was writing about. I kind of love the idea that you can listen to the lyrics and make up a new story every time.”
‘It Takes A Lot of Skill To Milk A Mare’ is full of surprises, and is the perfect finale to Good Boy’s incredible and diverse archive of driving rock anthems. It encapsulates the band’s sonic evolution in a refined and poignant light - from delicate and sombre sounds reminiscent of their debut single ‘Transparency’, to heavily political and angsty punk tracks that take us back to ‘Poverty Line’ and ‘Fishing With A Shotgun’, and all the way through to their introduction of a horn section with newer tracks ‘CRF’ and ‘Sodabread’.
Good Boy would like to thank their fans for their continued support over the last five years. In a statement the band express:
“We’ve decided to call it a day. When we started Good Boy we wouldn’t have fathomed the project making it this far. From getting out first radio play, to going on our first tour. We’re going to leave you with our album and one last show. We love you all and we just want to thank you for supporting us over the last few years. It’s been a hell of a ride."