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The Good Ship Announce:
'La Petite Mort' – Farewell Shows, May 2015!

WedNESDAY, 24 MarCH, 2014


Today we bring you the news that our little crew has made the amicable decision to chart journey's end. The Good Ship will soon be no more.

We can let you know that no-one has had an artistic tantrum, there have been no fisticuffs and no-one is dumping the band to finally accept the offer of a multi-million dollar record deal as a solo artist. Not even Geoff.

Over the last 6 (and a bit) years we have navigated through the beginning, the middle and now towards its end, and we are so proud of what we have achieved. 3 albums, 10 singles, 9 video clips, over 150 shows and the most loyal and loving audience and following imaginable. We got to play all over Australia and enjoyed so many amazing shows and festivals. We also got to go overseas, playing a successful run of shows in Canada. We even wrote a musical and got to perform it three times in a beautiful theatre.

And we are so thankful. To have the opportunities and experiences we have enjoyed has enriched us beyond measure as musicians and as people. Most of all, we are thankful to all of YOU who listened to us, cheered us on, came to gigs, partied with us, believed in us and shared the music, the shows, your ears, hearts and minds. So many friendships have been forged around The Good Ship – both within the band and between the lovely mob that grew up around us. All seven of us will cherish the support and love you have shown us forever.

We are not instantly disappearing though… this is no hit & run, we will not leave you in the lurch! We are rallying ourselves (and a few special guests) to give The Good Ship not one, but two fitting send-offs. And so, we bring you "The Good Ship: La Petite Mort" (the little death… it's French and sexual…) – the first petite mort in Melbourne and the final petite mort in our beloved hometown of Brisbane.

At both shows, we'll be joined by our great friends THE BON SCOTTS – we have been playing shows with them since 2010, so it is only fitting that they join us for the send-offs. In Brisbane, we also have the irresistible NICK WATSON & THE BAWDY DICKS, along with some very special guests who will do a few cameo spots with us.


The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne
With Special Guests THE BON SCOTTS
8PM | Presale Tickets $13 (+ booking fee) / Door $15

The Zoo, Brisbane
With Special Guests THE BON SCOTTS
8PM | Presale Tickets $20 (+ booking fee) / Door $25

We wish all of you much love, from us…
THE GOOD SHIP (2009–2015)
John, Geoff, Brett, Janey, Kat C, James, Kat O



The new single… SEA MONSTER!

FRIDAY, 21 FEB, 2014

Our SEA MONSTER is a beloved beast of a tune… and it's our latest single release from our album The Seven Seas. It is paired with an exclusive B-side, an alternative version of the epic album closer 'Misunderstood' with vocals by Brett Harris. Jump over to Bandcamp, where you can download both tracks now for free.



Monday, 03 FEB, 2014


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! Oh, its February now isn't it. We got a bit distracted at Falls Festival, then our party at The Bearded Lady, and then with our surprise show with The Lumineers at The Tivoli. So we have started the year with several bangs and now that we have made ourselves nice again, we have much pleasure in announcing our SEA MONSTER TOUR taking us to lots of pillage-worthy ports over the month of March.

The tour is also in support of our brand new single Sea Monster from our album The Seven Seas. It will be released in late February with a fabulous video and an exciting exclusive B-side… but more on that later.

Friday 7 March 2014
Brisbane, The New Globe Theatre
With The Harry Heart Chrysalis and Sissybones -
$15+bf (presale) / $20 at the door.

Saturday 8 March 2014 -
Brisbane, Queen St Mall

Saturday 8 March 2014
Goodna, The Royal Mail
With The Harry Heart Chrysalis

Saturday 15 March 2014
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Gluttony, The Peacock - $23 (presale)

Friday 21 March 2014
Melbourne, Northcote Social Club
With Rich Davies and the Devil's Union
$15+bf (presale) / $20 at the door

Thursday 27 March 2014
Manly, Hotel Steyne

Friday 28 March 2014
Newcastle, Small Ballroom
With Stonefield
Tickets onsale soon.

Saturday 29 March 2014
Sydney, FBI Social
With The Harry Heart Chrysalis
and Lacey Cole and the Lazy Colts
$10+bf (presale) / $12 at the door

Photography: Joshua Maguire, assisted by Orion Zuyderhoff-Gray. Treatment & background by Brett Harris.

'The Seven Seas' returns to Brisbane Powerhouse for ONE NIGHT ONLY.

Monday, 07 OCT, 2013

The Good Ship - The Seven Seas

The Good Ship return to Brisbane Powerhouse to present their acclaimed theatrical show 'The Seven Seas'. Since a sold-out season at the Visy Theatre in February 2013, the band have recorded the 10 songs from the show, to be realeased on November 15th as their third album.

The new album, 'The Seven Seas' started out from a song of the same name from second release 'O' Exquisite Corpse'. With help from an ARTS QLD grant, the life story of the song's protagonist is told as a 10 part song cycle, incorporating all the usual Good Ship themes: love, death and revenge.

The band brought in new collaborators Kat Henry (director), Andrew Meadows (lighting designer) and Sandro Colarelli (actor/singer) to turn the songs and script into a music theatre piece.

Recorded at Gasworks Studios with Josh Tuck, ''The Seven Seas' contains the vocals of four lead singers. Katherine Cooke swaps trumpet for microphone, making her lead vocal debut on new single 'World Spin Round'. Special guest Sandro Colarelli takes the lead on show finale 'Misunderstood'.

OR BY PHONE: 07 3358 8600

Date: Friday15 November, 2013
Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
Photography: Kenny Smith
Design: Foundry

See the World Spin Round... and our new video clip!

Friday, 04 October, 2013

The Good Ship is very proud to present our latest film clip and single 'World Spin Round', from our upcoming album 'The Seven Seas'.

'World Spin Round' is the first single from The Good Ship's third studio album: "The Seven Seas" which will be released in November 2013. It features crewmember Kat Cooke's debut as a lead vocalist.

Expanded from the band's song of the same name, The Seven Seas tells of a boy seeking to exact revenge upon the sea for the deaths of his father and brother by conquering her in all her might. But what will he lose to do so? And why is the storyteller so forthright in telling his tale?

OR BY PHONE: 07 3358 8600

We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce and send out a very special thanks to the incredible Julian Shores for his outstanding performance in this clip. As well as a massive thanks to Stacy and Michelle, for giving so generously, during our Canadian Pozible campaign, earlier this year.

Produced by Cartel Film Production:
Direction & Editing: Brett Harris
DOP: James Ogilvie and Brett Harris



The Seven Seas
Album Out Now!

MONDAY, 03 FEB, 2014

Have a listen here.

Our New Single + Video

Monday, 24th June, 2013

To accompany our Capital Offensive Tour, we offer you our new single, a cover of The Rake's Song, originally by The Decemberists. It's been one of our live favourites for a couple of years now and is probably the most upbeat song ever written about killing your children – it's the one where we keep yelling 'alright, alright, alriiiiight' in the choruses and the Kats Cooke & Ogilvie keep jumping up and down. We have also made a video from various home-movie style clips harvested from all of our phones since 2010 including tour footage from all over Australia as well as our recent trip to Canada. It's all been lovingly edited together by our very own Brett Harris. It's like a little scrapbook of our adventures and we love it, hope you do too.

The Rake's Song was partially recorded during the sessions for O' Exquisite Corpse and finished very recently (in between takes of our new album), it's a non-album single and also a totally free download – grab it here from our Bandcamp page.

The Good Ship announces a Capital Offensive – Touring July 2013

Tuesday, 02 July, 2013


In true Shipper style, we are back on the road in July, bringing you our Capital Offensive Tour, with big shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Throughout the tour, our home fronts will be at The Zoo in Brisbane on the 13th July, The Annandale in Sydney on the 20th July and The Evelyn in Melbourne on the 27th July. Along with some of our naughtiest and unlaundered material, we are also bringing together a bevvy of new trenchmates to share the stage with including The Good China, The Mouldy Lovers, Tom West, His Merry Men, The Stiffys, The WooHoo Revue and more.

w/ The Mouldy Lovers, His Merry Men and Tom West
$15 pre-door, $20 on the door
Buy Tickets Now

w/ The WooHoo Revue, Tom West
$15 pre-door, $20 on the door
Buy Tickets Now

w/ The Good China, The Stiffys, Teak (duo), Tom West
$15 pre-door, $20 on the door
Buy Tickets Now

Hosers of The Good Ship arrive for Canadian Music Week... Eh!

Updated Wednesday, 20 Mar, 2013

The Good Ship Canadian Music Week

In January 2013, we learnt of our successful application to be part of Canadian Music Week which is truly a great honour and the biggest opportunity in The Good Ship's career to date. We are filled with a mixture of trepidation, excitement and just a little arousal.

It is with great pleasure we announce that our Pozible Campaign is now complete... We not only reached the funding goal of $7000.00 but reached $7895.00, all with your help. To all of our fans, friends & family we say THANK YOU SO MUCH. On Sunday the 17th March, the whole band arrived inToronto to begin our adventure at Canadian Music Week. Stay tuned for updates and postcards!

If you live in Toronto, come catch us at one of our three live showcase spots. Details are following...

Thursday 21st March, 12 Midnight

Czehoski (678 Queen St. W)
Offical CMW Showcase
Tickets: $10 + booking fee, here.

Saturday 23rd March, 12 Midday
The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. W)
Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ – CMW Showcase
Tickets: $10 + booking fee, here.

Saturday 23rd March, 9.00 pm
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W)
Offical CMW Showcase
Tickets: $13 + booking fee, here.


O' Exquisite Corpse
Album Out Now!

FRIDAY, 29 JUNE, 2012

We've just completed our second album O' Exquisite Corpse, a work of dark, sweaty, heaving beauty, featuring The Good Ship's trademark blend of sweet melodies and debauched lyrics. The band have managed to create an album steeped in rich harmonies and lush instrumentation, all the while retaining the shambolic glory of their live show.

The album was produced by the band in conjunction with Neil Coombe at The White Room Studios, whose credits include DZ Deathrays, The Go Betweens and the John Steel Singers. It was a difficult and somewhat messy birth, with much of the recording done in loungerooms and bedrooms across Brisbane, before being masterfully brought together by Neil.

The result is 11 songs that range from sugary pop to rollicking country to the darkest balladry. The overwhelmingly dark themes of death, murder, prostitution and the supernatural are tempered by snippets of humour and light.

The Good Ship – The Seven Seas

The Seven Seas opens to SOLD OUT audiences at the Powerhouse

Friday, 08 FEB, 2013

"The show was a visual and aural treat, deeply signifying the adroitness of the band to willingly venture outside of the conventional pub gigs, taking their skills to a different level." – Spire Focus

We are pleased to announce that our introduction into performance/musical theatre resulted in a completely sold out development season, with some wonderful reviews from those that came along.

Check out the photos on facebook or read some of the reviews here:

Massive thanks and love to all those involved at every level. We couldn't have done it without you. So... you wanna do it again?

The Good Ship to play Woodford Folk Festival 2012/13!

MONDAY, 22 OCT, 2012

Feature: Parlour NYE: Bal Masque Carnival

Suspend your court etiquette and revel in the anonymity of the masked ball. Let your alter ego become your confidante as you celebrate the dawning of a New Year in a disguise of your choosing - elegance, eccentricity, absurdity and the sublime are all at home in The Parlour. Head or face adornment, in any shape or kind, will gain you entrance. The Adornment Boudoir at Artisania is open each night between 5-8pm for your mask making pleasure.

Mon 31st Dec 10:00pm – Parlour

Other Appearances:
Thu 27th Dec
1:45am – Parlour
Fri 28th Dec 10:30pm – Duck
Sun 30th Dec 1:20am – Grande
Tue 1st Jan 1:45am – Parlour

Announcement: Spring Tour, 2012
to promote our latest single
'Sin City Sweetheart'.

MONDAY, 22 OCT, 2012

We are almost as excited as a call girl on Valentine's Day, to tell you: Sin City Sweetheart, has been released as our latest single. The announcement comes as a timely excuse to kick-off our Spring 2012 Tour of the East Coast:

Melbourne – AWME Showcase
2pm, Sun 18th Nov (Matinee show)

8pm, Fri 30 Nov (Note: New venue)

8pm, Sat 01 Dec

6pm, Sun 02 Dec

Download your very own FREE copy of the Sin City Sweetheart from our BANDCAMP page.

Listen to it while you seduce your man/woman. Share it! Tell your 'less cool' friends about where to get it for free. This is your last chance this year to GET SOMETHING FROM US FOR NOTHING!!




The Powder Monkeys have been unleashed...

Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

Our latest single, Powder Monkey is here! And you can download your very own FREE copy of the song from our BANDCAMP page:

Tap your feet or do whatever sort of salacious act you please, but have a listen and let us know what you think.

O' Exquisite Karaoke – Win a double pass to BigSound 2012! (CLOSED)

Friday, 31 August, 2012

karaokeTo help celebrate our upcoming show at BigSound, The Good Ship is giving away a DOUBLE PASS to BigSound 2012! All you have to do to enter, is make a 60-ish second film of yourself (or someone you know) lip-syncing to one of our selected tracks.

Maybe we want to steal your sweet moves. Maybe we are looking to recruit. Maybe we just want some footage for the spank bank. Whatever the reason, follow the instructions below, and get cracking:

  1. Click here to download audio for your video
    (Sin City Sweetheart, Glory, Roger The Cabin Boy).
  2. Upload your video to Facebook, YouTube or Vimeo and send us a link via

Entries close – 5pm, Thursday 06 September, 2012. Winner announced Friday 07 September, 2012. So start making. Be creative and have some fun... we do.

Sin City, Sweet Clip!

Friday, 16 November, 2012

To coincide with the release of our third single from the album O' Exquisite Corpse, The Good Ship got greased up and let loose to film the clip for sultry lil' Sin City Sweetheart.

It tells the semi-tall tale of Mr Harris' Las Vegas adventures: crashing honeymoons, forbidden fruits and punctual prostitution... A man so desperate for love within a town of unfathomable pleasures, that he falls for an ageing, broken, one-armed, one-eyed woman—who steals his heart as quickly as she does his wallet.

Produced by Cartel Film Production:
Director: Davros El Davros
Producer: Katherine Cooke
DOP: Davros
Edit: El Davros
Online and VFX: El Davros
Styling & Set Design: The Good Ship

With an enormous thanks to the following people
for generously donating their time & expertise:

Gerard Lambkin, Glenn Jones, Nic Karam, Rich Wang,
Shea Smith, Paddy O'Sullivan

Not to mention our lovely friends and friendly lovers for all of their help.

Watch our latest Film Clip!

Tuesday, 12 JUNE, 2012

What happens when you get 15 kids you don't know, a truck wrecking yard, 10 kilos of paint powder and Brisbane's favourite folk pirate band?

The Official music video for the second single off The Good Ship's second album O' Exquisite Corpse, that's what!

Produced by Cartel Film Production:
Director: Davros
Producer: Katherine Cooke
DOP: Davros
Edit: El Davros
Online and VFX: El Davros
Styling: The Good Ship

Big thanks to Gerard Lambkin, Damion Tiernan, Tristan Houghton, Cameron J Clark and Bryce Stroud for their gear and/or time!

Seven Seas – Film Clip

Thursday, 05 APRIL, 2012

It's been nearly two years since THE GOOD SHIP stormed the beaches with their debut album Avast! Wretched Sea.

That album saw them receive rave reviews from around the world, a slew of festival spots including Woodford and an invited performance at Brisbane Festival, and a legion of dedicated fans. Now they are nearing completion of their second full- length, due for release mid 2012. To get the ball rolling they're launching the first single "Seven Seas" with an East Coast tour throughout April.

Seven Seas is sung from the perspective of a sea dog locked in a prison cell for murder, not regretting his actions but only lamenting the fact that he cannot reach his beloved ocean. The song is typical of the band's musical approach, with an upbeat and jaunty feel hiding a dark and morbid sentiment.

Produced by: Cartel Film Production
Director: Davros El Davros
Producer: Katherine Cooke
DOP: Tristan Houghton and Davros El Davros
Edit: Tristan Houghton
Online and VFX: Davros El Davros
Styling: The Good Ship

Won't sombody please, please, please, take me to the Seven Seas?

Thursday, 05 April, 2012

Although no longer available as a free download, our first single, Seven Seas can still be streamed online from our SOUNDCLOUD page:

For those moments when you are feeling a little nautical, but all you can do is sit, well behaved, behind your desk, headphones blaring and body shaking.

O' Exquisite Corpse – Tour 2012

TUESDAY, 31 July, 2012 (UPDATED)

Our 2012 Tour for O' Exquisite Corpse has finally ended, with shows in Brisbane (The Zoo) and Melbourne (Northcote Social Club). The Zoo nearly ran dry and the Northcote stage nearly broke under the weight of all three bands taking part in the finale.


Thanks to all who came along, and to our brilliant friends and supports bands:

  • The Bon Scotts
  • The Stillsons
  • Storm Chasers
  • The Heavies
  • Doc HollidayTakes The Shotgun
  • Sunday School

Stay tuned for details on our next tour... Soon.