Good Morning – the Melbourne-based recording project of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons – release a new single/video, “Classic Quip,” from their new album, Basketball Breakups, out tomorrow. It follows the breezy guitar and soft, nearly-plain-spoken vocals of lead single, “Garden.” “Classic Quip” is a rebuke, seeing the kind of language that gets bandied around in mens’ locker rooms and at the pub resonate through public discourse, and attempting to reckon with it.
“‘Classic Quip’ is a song about the widespread jock culture that informs so much of Australian life, and how it affects you as you grow up and beyond,” says Parsons. “Because we believe education starts in the home, we asked our sons Small Liam, Medium Stefan & Large Liam to create a video for it.”
Basketball Breakups was recorded over four humid, summer days in a studio in Japan, and was mastered by Liam “Snowy” Halliwell. Blair and Parsons, who are joined by bandmates James MacLeod and John Considine, sound truly at ease on these songs, which are mostly comprised of early takes. Named after the blissful “breakup dinner” at the end of a junior sports season, the spirit of that communal joy is alive on this album. While their previous album, The Option, was tightly rehearsed and made with the vision of a true rock record in mind, Basketball Breakups was recorded while it was arranged, on digital and tape.
There’s a sense of on-the-fly intimacy with this album. These songs are privy to anxiety and anticipation, the good and the bad kinds of extended reflection, and what the band term their first “requited” love songs. Ultimately, Basketball Breakups shows Good Morning at their most candid and their most understated – dealing in the poetics of everyday life with levity, grace, and grit.
Good Morning will tour North America in support of Basketball Breakups. Tour dates are listed below and all tickets are on sale now.
Watch the Video for “Classic Quip” –
Watch the Video for “Garden” –
Pre-order Basketball Breakups –
Listen to “Boy, I’m Just A Loser For Your Love” –
Listen to “Take It Easy For Me, Stranger” –
Good Morning Tour Dates (new dates in bold):
Wed. Oct. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Sat. Oct. 12 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sun. Oct. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall
Mon. Oct. 14 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Wed. Oct. 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri. Oct. 18 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
Sat. Oct. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Mon. Oct. 21 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
Tue. Oct. 22 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Wed. Oct. 23 – New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Fri. Oct. 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
Sat. Oct. 26 – Washington DC @ Pie Shop
Sun. Oct. 27 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
Mon. Oct. 28 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Tue. Oct. 29 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Thu. Oct. 31 – Dallas, TX @ Dada
Fri. Nov. 1 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Sun. Nov. 3 – Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress
Mon. Nov. 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room
Tue. Nov. 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ EL CID
Sat. Nov. 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ EL CID – SOLD OUT
Sun. Nov. 10 – Pico Rivera, CA @ Tropicalia Fest