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Willow Shields
Willow Shields

Music photographer and journalist based in South London.

The Goa Express finally mark their return after 9 months with their new single ‘Second Time’ accompanied by a newfound wholesomeness complete with a cycle-centric video. The Goa Express is a five-piece hailing from Manchester and they are James Douglas Clarke – Guitar / Vocals, Joey Stein – Guitar, Naham Muzaffar – Bass, Joe Clarke – Keyboard, and Sam Launder – Percussion. Having just announced that they’re going on a huge tour with part of the stint accompanying The Magic Gang, this enchanting track comes at the perfect time for all.  ‘Second Time’ is an instant anthem, an indie dreamboat of a track; with guitar riffs to float you through the clouds and vocals with a hint of early 2000s indie pop rivalry.

The video sees the band ride through Manchester and the outer city, letting the viewer in on the band’s antics as a group of close-knit friends. It’s really a memoir to friendship and having fun with mates – which all of us are craving I’m sure. The track is a break from the band’s regular tunes, a more optimistic side to The Goa Express that we’ve not seen much of before. A truly perfect anthem for the upcoming summer. The band says, “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.”


Listen to ‘Second Time’: