SINGLE & GIG NEWS: The Goa Express drop ‘Second Time’, upcoming gigs announced


The Goa Express have shared a new single, ‘Second Time’. It marks their first new music in 9 months, since the garage-rock smarts of previous single ‘Be My Friend’ was released.

Teenagehood, brotherhood and a love for alternative music have united the band from the off. Hailing from the Northern industrial towns of Todmorden and Burnley, 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 three songs blasted out in their mate’s 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”.

The intensity of their 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.

‘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.”

2021 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

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