The creatives over at Desillusion Magazine have once again unveiled a masterpiece of a short film. This time it features one-of-a-kind Australian Oscar 'Ozzie' Wright. The man has been loved and hated over the years, but regardless of your opinion of his surfing, art, or music, few would argue that he hasn't always been ahead of the curve. Look no further than surfing's current golden child Dane Reynolds for signs of Ozzy's influence. Messy DIY spray jobs, thrift store wardrobe, low-fi, and starting a garage band with your girlfriend to name a few.
Ozzie Wrong, who does not belong, aka Ozzie Wright, and Dean Morrison have dropped their Innersection sections. Remember, this a contest to get a part in the next Taylor Steele movie, the top 5 make it, and you, the people, decide by voting.
Ozzie's section is pretty, pretty, pretty cool. He rides a unicorn from the planet Zorn, performs the music that is heard, which is the song The Unicorn From The Planet Zorn, and of course, kills it in the water. Click here to check it out.
And there's Morrison, who's had a rough few days after being assaulted outside a Coolangatta, Aus watering hole, which landed him in the hospital with a broken cheek bone. Although, being the Aussie mad man that he is, he will compete at the Billabong Pro Jeffery's Bay. So, check out his section by clicking here.
Check out this Drew Toonz creation featuring the Volcom pirate forcing the Goons of Doom to walk the plank, so he and only he can cruise with the topless mermaids from New Jersey. It's funny because I was just in New Jersey, and there really are topless mermaids there, the only problem is they're covered in syringes and White Castle trash. Anyway check out this video, it even features a Goons show from inside a whale's belly:
All photos courtesy of The Goons of Doom, Volcom and Surfer Magazine.
The Aussie hipster/performance art/bizzaro rock band, the Goons of Doom, recently released their second studio album, I Hate My Hair and Want To Die. They can best be described as the surf industry's version of the Flaming Lips, minus the human hamster ball. This means it's not just about the music, it's also about the style and feel exuded by the creatures playing the tunes. Whether it's fangs, face paint, blood, weird hats, art, etc. The sound isn't the only thing that defines this band's genre.
Both loved and hated in the surf, art and music scenes the Goons began to make their appearance a few years back at Volcom events, and in the brand's surf videos. They're on Volcom Entertainment, the record label of a clothing company, which is one reason for the fashion forward feel of the band. They started as a joke. The Goons of Doom formed to fill a role in the surf film Doped Youth, which featured the surfing of Goons member and professional surfer Ozzie Wright. They could barely play together, but got the scene shot. Afterward, Ozzie, Vaughan Dead, Cowboy, KIller Whale and band member at the time, Dashenka, decided it was too fun to stop. The five Goons learned to play together and eventually started playing shows at bars in seedy sections of Sydney. Fast-forward a year or so, and they put out their first album Bikey Zombie, and went on a world tour. Hey it doesn't hurt when you have a famous pro surfer in your band and a company like Volcom in your back pocket.
That brings us to the bands most integral member Ozzie Wright, aka Mr. Wrong, aka Oska, aka Spider Bones, a respected surfer and artist around the world. He rides waves, paints canvases, and dresses the way he wants, which as a result is a little different. His surfing his very aerial oriented, and he's been a leading force in the progression of what could be done on a surfboard from the mid nineties until now. Whether it's tweaked out grabs, shuvits or bomb drops off cliffs, his surfing is fast, raw, and just like his art, spontaneous. The boards he rides are artistic creations from his head, and are like no other.
Style is a very subjective thing, to some people this band may look like a chaotic mess of colors and fashion no nos. To others, free thinkers who dress and put out vibes like no other, especially as far as the surf industry goes.
Ozzie has always behaved more like his fashion conscious skateboard brethren, than a surfer, putting time and thought into the "gear" he chooses to wear. The same goes for his main backer, Volcom. The world of surfing was getting a little stale for a bit in the 90s, with the Momentum crew only riding clear boards and wearing black wetsuits. In part as a result of the neon color overdose of the 80s, but it started to get like Nazi Germany or something. A bunch of cookie cutter drones that did nothing to stand apart. Not to mention, the god awful pop punk music that was in all the videos. It was one squeaky voiced, ball necklace wearing whiner after another. It's been so refreshing to see an Anti-Establishment brand like Volcom, and an Anti-Establishment surfer like Ozzie able to get a piece of the pie and change surfing, surf videos and surf music forever.
To coincide with the release of their new album the Goons of Doom went on a little tour of the West Coast of the good old U.S. of A this past September. They played the ASR tradeshow, bars on their path of happy debauchery, underground caves in Costa Mesa and it all climaxed with a performance at this years Surfer Poll awards, the biggest award show in surfing. Like any creative collection of people The Goons are constantly changing their style. On this trip to America there was no blood or fangs. Their aura was that of happy vibes, colors and the celebration of a seven day weekend. They're currently back in Australia touring their homeland, and getting their Vegemite fill.
The Goons of Doom are all about playing creative music, presenting themselves artistically with what they choose to adorn their temples with (because you know, your body is your temple), and just living a life full of creation. Whether it be with a guitar, paint brush or wardrobe conception. Check out the three videos below. The first is the world's introduction to the band, the second is their video for "Long Hair Cut" and third is their latest video release "Beer Money."
The Goons of Doom played at Australia's premier summer (it's summer down there) music festival, The Big Day Out. It consists of five shows in each state capital, and it is apparently a big deal. Fuck, Neil Young is playing the damn thing.
"We played on the Lilly Pad stage, which is where all the people who have had way too many drugs go to chill out," said Ozzie Wrong, who does not belong. "It was like hanging out in a bad dream that you didn't want to wake up from." Perfect.
After the show Goons member, Killer Whale, hosted an after party that Neil Young showed up to, and he even played a little music with Kurt Flindt. Like every other time a good time is being had, the cops showed up to rain on the parade...standard.
Ozzie's been busy lately. On his way home from a trip last week he stopped in Hawaii and scored some Pipeage. Check out some of the photos:
Ozzie preps for a surf with Mitch C. Photo: Volcom
Ozzie in a bat cave. Photo: Volcom
For more on Ozzie and the Goons of Doom head on over to www.volcom.com