Rockers good thanks have hit the ground running

BRANCHING OUT: Newcastle band good thanks are, from left, Sam Gray, Sarah McIlveen, Brad Walsh and Brodie Christie. Picture: Matthew Waddingham
BRANCHING OUT: Newcastle band good thanks are, from left, Sam Gray, Sarah McIlveen, Brad Walsh and Brodie Christie. Picture: Matthew Waddingham

FOR a band that’s only been around five months and released one single, Newcastle’s good thanks, (yes, all lower case) have made an impressive start.

Last Friday they supported red-hot Perth indie act Tired Lion at a packed Cambridge Hotel and last month they warmed up the Hamilton Station Hotel stage for US punks Iron Chic.

That’s because good thanks are coming from an established base. Lead singer Sarah McIlveen has previously recorded and performed under her singer-songwriter moniker Sarah Christine and guitarist Sam Gray and drummer Brodie Christie are both members of punk band Underachiever.

The idea behind good thanks sprung out of McIlveen’s desire to move beyond her folk background into heavier territory.

Her union with Gray, Christie and school friend bassist Brad Walsh quickly resulted in the hooky indie track How Do You Feel Now?

“It’s [Sarah Christine] very folk singer-songwriter and I really wanted the freedom to make whatever I wanted, without people saying ‘it doesn’t fit this’,” McIlveen said.

“We all thought to start a different project.”

The good thanks project has quickly become a major priority for the foursome as last Friday’s show with Tired Lion outranked any previous gigs as Sarah Christine or Underachiever.

“We’d only been playing at the Lass [O’Gowrie Hotel], then it was like ‘oh crap we have all these big gigs to do’, but it was exciting,” she said.

Good thanks’ debut EP is expected to follow later this year.