Comprised of Cole Burris, Sydney Simpson, and William Barksdale, Goons is a nostalgia inducing indie pop powerhouse that draws from all of your favorite 80s sounds while adding a modern flare of originality. "Austin Natives, Goons quickly gained recognition following their first independent record ‘Year of the Goon’. NPR writes, “Fellow Stranger Things fans know the nostalgic value of '80s-inspired synth-pop... One of the most creative productions I've seen this year. No spoilers here. You'll have to see it to believe it. But I'll just say this: Let the games begin.”
— Pilar Fitzgerald (NPR)
guitarist/producer Cole Burris started the band goons in 2017 with bass player William barksdale. the pair started to write music and book shows, and less than a year later they released their debut album 'the year of the goon' with a whopping sixteen tracks in total. npr quickly caught notice of goons and they began to take off. in 2018 the band found their missing piece by adding vocalist/synth/saxophone player Sydney Simpson. with this addition goons was ready to take flight. in the few years since goons has played Austin city limits festival, the iconic Stubbs, and taken the band on the road hitting the southland. the future looks bright for goons!