Good Doogs announce new band member, share new single, tour and Falls Festival slot
It's been a big week for the Doogs, and they're not slowing down.
Over the years, we've seen a fair chunk of big West Australian acts blossom from local favourites to national heavyweights, whether it be in the more guitar-driven sphere through Stella Donnelly and Carla Geneve, or in electronic, with acts like SLUMBERJACK and Shockone now not only Australian electronic heavyweights, but big draw cards in international waters too. Mandurah surf-rock trio - now four-piece - Good Doogs is most certainly amongst this group, seemingly becoming one of the country's most adored newcoming bands as they ride a distinct surf-rock sound that's full of energy and flavour; as shown on a consistent run of singles most recently capped off with 2018's Want That and 2019's double-punch, Nobody/Alone and How I Feel.
Now, they're grasping at something bigger. With a new single, I'm Listening, the Doogs have shared an endless run of news that feels like the next stage of their career, as the move from a cult-adored rock heavyweight to something much bigger and nationally-recognised. First up, comes their new member Andy - who makes the once-trio now a concise, four-piece band - and an accompanying tour to celebrate, aptly-titled the ‘Andy Is In The Bandy’ tour, which will take them across the country in October. Then, there's news that they're playing Falls Festival - perhaps the biggest sign yet of their national break-out, and now, also a new single, which also marks the first taste of their forthcoming debut album.
I'm Listening sees the band welcome something a little heavier than their past work thus far, maintaining that hook-driven catchiness of their work but turning the guitar rhythms and percussive frenzy up a notch; perhaps a signal of an increased intensity we can expect from the band as they add a new member. "I’m Listening is a romantic ballad about the courtship process and all the steps from that up to making love. We tried to make the song a little bit more dark and brooding from our normal stuff, and really tried to make it punchy so the guitars hit you like a wall of sound as the chorus comes in," says Grudge on the single, before summing it up rather nicely: "Effectively the song is about having sex."
Dive into the track below, peep their tour dates underneath and give Andy a big ol' round of applause as he joins one of the best bands Perth has to offer.
Friday 4th Oct - The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 5th Oct - Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast QLD
Sun 6th Oct - Yours & Owls, Wollongong NSW
Fri 11th Oct - Indi Bar, Scarborough WA
Sat 12th Oct - Here Comes The Sun, Margaret River WA
Thurs 17th Oct - The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart TAS
Friday 18th Oct - The Plough Inn, Launceston TAS
Saturday 19th Oct - Stonefest, Canberra ACT
Friday 25th Oct - Crowbar, Sydney NSW
Sat 26th Oct - Espy, Melbourne, VIC
Sat 2nd Nov - The Rails, Darwin NT
and playing Falls Festival this New Year...
Dec 28 - Dec 31 - Falls Festival Lorne, VIC
Dec 29 - Dec 31 - Falls Festival Marion Bay, TAS
Dec 31 - Jan 2 - Falls Festival Byron Bay, NSW
Jan 4 - Jan 5 - Falls Festival Fremantle, WA