Good Morning - the Melbourne-based recording project of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons - announce their second album of the year, Basketball Breakups, due October 4th. In conjunction, they release the lead single/video, “Garden.” Following previous standalone singles “Boy, I’m Just A Loser For Your Love” and “Take It Easy For Me, Stranger,” “Garden” is upbeat, featuring breezy guitar and soft, nearly-plain-spoken vocals. The track considers the danger of being complacent, and rebukes the idea that if we wait, what we want will come. Listen to Garden now!

Photo by Xi Cao

Photo by Xi Cao

The band head off to North America in October, having already sold out their Los Angeles show in less than a week. Having already announced shows in 17 cities, the band have just added a new show in Toronto, Canada. Stay tuned for additional shows to be announced!

All tickets are on sale now and all dates can be found below!

Good Morning's own Stefan has also curated this week's Numero Group weekly playlist – he went through Numero's release archive and chose his favourite tracks for his Numero 4 Numero playlist. Listen now!

SELLING FAST Wed. Oct. 9 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop tickets
SELLING FAST Sat. Oct. 12 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios tickets
Sun. Oct. 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall tickets
Mon. Oct. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza tickets
Wed. Oct. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge tickets
Fri. Oct. 18 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records tickets on door
SELLING FAST Sat. Oct. 19 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle tickets
JUST ADDED Mon. Oct. 21 - Toronto, ON @ The Baby G tickets
Tue. Oct. 22 - Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo tickets
SELLING FAST Wed. Oct. 23 - New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right tickets
Fri. Oct. 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle tickets
SELLING FAST Sat. Oct. 26 - Washington DC @ Pie Shop tickets
Sun. Oct. 27 - Asheville, NC @ Mothlight tickets
Mon. Oct. 28 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement tickets
Tue. Oct. 29 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa tickets
Thu. Oct. 31 - Dallas, TX @ Dada tickets
Fri. Nov. 1 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk tickets
SOLD OUT Sat. Nov. 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Cid tickets

Basketball Breakups was recorded over four humid summer days in a studio in Japan, self-produced and mixed, and 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 on 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.