THE GOA EXPRESS have shared a brand-new single, Second Time and the accompanying video. It marks their first new music in 9 months, when the insistent garage-rock smarts of previous single Be My Friend landed it on the BBC 6 Music playlist. Second Time was premiered by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, who said “it sounds so unhurried and just has a lovely jangle to it.”
Teenagehood, brotherhood and a love for alternative music have united THE GOA EXPRESS from the off. Hailing from the Northern industrial towns of Todmorden and Burnley before being adopted more recently by the Manchester culture carriers, their teenage years can be viewed as something of a hedonistic pilgrimage into the underbelly of suburban rock and roll- their first gig having been 3 songs blasted out their mates garage, the next on top of a local vintage shop where the floor nearly caved in: “when there’s fuck all, you make do with what you got”. This sentiment is nothing new, but in an age where artists and bands are often exist as heavily constructed, pretentious facsimiles, it certainly feels new.
The intensity of this friendship has resulted in the occasional bust up along the way, yet it only adds to the burning chemistry that the band offer on record and on stage. Together, brothers James Douglas Clarke (Guitar + Vocals) and Joe Clarke (Keys), along with Joey Stein (Lead Guitar), Naham Muzaffar (Bass) and Sam Launder (Drums) all contribute to a fuzzy wall of diverse sound, becoming harder to pin down with their constantly evolving, psych-umbrella’d, rock and roll. What sets THE GOA EXPRESS apart from other musicians who sit comfortably within scenes is that their identity as a band has been growing organically long before the 5 of them decided to pick up instruments and teach themselves art of killing time.
And so it follows in their music: where Be My Friend was about friendship as a deeper kind of relationship, and “a shout out to individuality and an acceptance of rejection”, Second Time – mixed by Ride’s Mark Gardener – unpicks the imperfections of youth, not dwelling on mistakes, letting them run their course. No matter how foolish the deed, with allies by your side, all is well.
The band comments: “Second Time is a song about young people making the same mistakes over and over and over again; a warming ballad which breaks aside from our live performances, foolishly thinking, that it’s able to mend itself.” Watch the video clip for Second Time via YouTube below.
THE GOA EXPRESS 2021 live dates
21st June – Manchester – Yes Basement
25th July – Oxford – Truck Festival
14th August – Lancaster – Lune Attack Festival
2nd September – Bedford – Esquires
3rd September – Dorset – End of the Road Festival
4th September – Manchester – Manchester Psych Fest
5th September – Warrington – Neighbourhood Weekender
24th September – Manchester – Yes Basement – SOLD OUT
25th September – Dublin – Eastbound w/ Odd Morris
7th October – Carlisle – Old Fire Station w/ The Magic Gang
8th October – Liverpool – Arts Club w/ The Magic Gang
10th October – Cardiff – Tramshed w/ The Magic Gang
11th October – Oxford – O2 Academy w/ The Magic Gang
12th October – Southampton – The 1865 w/ The Magic Gang
15th October – Margate – Elsewhere
22nd October – Norwich – Waterfront w/ The Magic Gang
13th November – Glasgow – Stag and Dagger Festival