Good Boy Live review Bear Family

IN THE FLESH! Good BOy @ Workers Club, Melbourne


“It’s that song from the radio!’ my cousin excitedly exclaims. It’s her first Good Boy show and she has NO idea who these jokers are. I’ve dragged her along to support me and my wordsmithing/photobanging. But a few chords into Good Boy‘s smash hit Transparency and she’s all of a sudden their biggest fan since like, forever.

It’s been a big 12 months for Brisbane’s Good Boy. After making their first appearance in early 2015, the three piece have since supported the likes of The John Steel Singers, British India and  Jonothan Boulet, aswell as opening a small, little known festival called St.Jeromes Laneway Festival. They have also just released their debut EP No Love for Back Home, and have decided to take that sweet little 5 track wonder with them around the country.



With the customary empty semi circle around the front of the stage (what is it with Aussies and being afraid of the stage?), the boys rip into their set with vigour, setting about the task of getting those nervous crowd members forward and into their dancing shoes. Vocalist/Bassist Rian King has an endearing Aussie twang to his voice which adds to the raw, ‘havin-a-laugh’ attitude Good Boy bring to their songs. Whilst Rian brings the showmanship with intense bass-face/stance, guitarist Tom Lindemann and drummer Stuie McKenzie diligently pump away in the background, keeping the ship nice and toight.


With song titles like Ya Mum’s Ya dad, and lyrics such as “I want the million dollar life, have a coupla kids, and a coupla wives”, these chaps have pretty much everyone on board by the end of the night. Noone is trying to be too serious, it’s just a whole lot of fun.

Whilst their first Melbourne headline show wasn’t a sold out affair, they certainly made a bunch of new fans in the process, including my cousin, who of course was already totally a fan like for ages.



Good Boy hit Wolllongong tonight, and then Sydney- so don’t mess about, get yourself down to check em out. They then knock on Brisbane’s door for what should be a rapturous homecoming for these three cheeky layabouts. They then go on a run of shows with those other good boy’s Babaganouj! Details below for all upcoming Good Boy shows




Fri 15th April – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
with The Murlocs and Crepes
95A Crown St, Wollongong
Tickets from

Sat 16th April – Rare Finds First Anniversary Party, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
38 – 46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Sat 23rd April (DAY) – 38 Berwick Street (Music Industry College), Brisbane, QLD (UNDER 18s SHOW)
with Tempura Nights
38 Berwick St, Fortitude Valley
Tickets from

Sat 23rd April (Night) – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD (OVER 18s SHOW)
with Tempura Nights and These Guy
1st Floor, 322 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Tickets from

Sun 24th April (ANZAC DAY EVE) – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD (withBabaganoüj)
296 Ruthven St, Toowoomba
Free entry

Fri 29th April – The Helm, Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD (with Babaganoüj)
Cnr River Esp & Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba

Sat 30th April – Minimum Wage, Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast (withBabaganoüj)


Alistair is the founder of Bear Family. Alistair resides in Melbourne and can be found wandering the streets searching for bargains and peppermint tea. Come and say Hi, he's nice.

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