The Goa Express + Ellis D
The Goa Express are excited to announce their long-awaited self-titled debut album. The Goa Express will arrive in October via Communion, following a summer of festival appearances and headline shows across Europe.
The Goa Express, led by Clarke alongside his brother Joe and best friends Joey, Naham and Sam, met as young teenagers in Burnley. Growing up in the rural shadow of England’s industrial north, music was a means of escape and a vessel for friendship. Their shared adolescent experiences (late gigs at The Golden Lion in Todmorden, camping underneath the cliffs at Hebden Bridge) shaped their collective attitudes and behaviours and, ultimately, the sound and spirit of their band.
There is a sense of melody and a looseness in the music that brings to mind Supergrass or The La’s (for the online generation). But it is all delivered with a forward-facing urgency that places the band firmly in the year 2023. Any new young guitar band – especially from the North of England – is naturally cast into a sea of references and comparisons before barely getting a chord out. But in truth, The Goa Express are confidently breaking free of these and taking their own strides towards adding a fresh chapter to the story of modern British guitar pop.
The Goa Express’ debut album will feature new single ‘Talking About Stuff’. A melodic and sunny counterpart to the spikey punk of recent offering ‘Good Luck Charm’, ‘Talking About Stuff’ packs a similar bleary-eyed balladry to early live favourites like ‘Second Time’.
Both tasters from the debut album to date have seen playlisting from BBC 6 Music and The Goa Express will punctuate the release of ‘Talking about Stuff’ with headline performances at YES in Manchester and London’s The Lower Third on 26th and 31st May respectively.
‘Talking About Stuff’ arrives alongside a visualiser shot at The Goa Express’ recent homecoming show at The Golden Lion in Todmorden.
Best known as the manic drummer behind the garage-psych outfit Strange Cages, and more recently Jealous Nostril, ELLiS·D spent ten years flailing his limbs across the tattered kits of UK and Europe’s basement scene before starting out his solo project in 2021. After signing with DIY label Crafting Room Recordings at the turn of the 2022, the ensuing 15 months has seen him in a state of near consistent gigging and touring throughout the sweaty dives of the continent, bringing his raw, mercurial live performance to stages from London to Luxembourg, Bristol to Brussels, Kendal to Kusel.
“If you’re into twisted, psychosomatic art-rock, ELLiS·D is right up your alley. It’s like they’ve hacked into the matrix of music-making and come up with something entirely new. But the real magic happens during his live shows where every performance is a wild ride, like a game of musical roulette.” – Still Listening
Photo credit: Harvey Pearson
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