Until recently, Good Boy never thought of themselves as a political band but sometimes the times just force your hand. The EP’s first track ‘A Waste Of 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)’ spits a self-explanatory message about the absurd and insulting marriage equality plebiscite. Similarly, ‘Fishing With A Shotgun’ and ‘Hell in a Handbasket’ seethe with frustration about the seeming non-choice between neo-liberal, right-wing and conservative politicians.
Stand-out track ‘1972 VW Superbug’ is a nostalgic sprawler which explores regional life via bored late-nights in their hometown of Bundaberg, Queensland. Never has “rum-city” been sung about with such romance and pathos. Meanwhile, the final track, ‘Majic Country’ is an ode to their new home of Fortitude Valley.
Shirk Life is a collection of songs that show a young band finding and questioning their place in the world. Thought-provoking and exhilarating.