Goonies Never Say Die

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Goonies Never Say Die
OriginBlackpool, England
Years active2007-present
LabelsDeep Elm Records (US), The Recording Industry Is Dead, Records (UK)
Past membersBarry Parkinson (guitar), Simon Morgan (guitar), Dan Kerr (drums), Steve Trenell (bass), Jimi MacPhie (piano)

Goonies Never Say Die are a five piece instrumental and post-rock band from Blackpool, England. They formed around June 2007 in Blackpool UK. They have released two albums on Deep Elm Records and as of October 2014 have started work on a third album.

Members of Goonies Never Say Die have also played in the bands Oceans Over Alderaan, Blanket, Dinosaurs Are Shit Dragons, Beneath The Watchful Eyes, Midas Fall and Three Headed Monkey. The band name is taken from a line in the 1985 film The Goonies.


For the first two albums the band's line up was Barry Parkinson (guitar), Simon Morgan (guitar/electronics), Dan Kerr (drums), Steve Trenell (bass) and Jimi MacPhie (piano).

For the third album the band's line up was Barry Parkinson (guitar), Dan Kerr (drums), Paul Kayley (guitar) and Michael Zubine (bass).

Previous live members have included Ric Thomas (bass), Luke Williams (drums), Stephen 'Pedro' Pellatt (drums) and Mark Tierney (guitar).

They were signed to Deep Elm Records, with whom they had two releases. The first album, In A Forest Without Trees, scored universal praise from the media, most notably Rock Sound and Metal Hammer who both gave them 8/10 reviews. They have also released a single called "Paul", which was the first song to be taken from the band's second album, No Words To Voice Our Hopes and Fears released by Deep Elm Records in October 2010.

Their first album was recorded by the band themselves between October 2008 and March 2009 at Kendal College, and at the band's own studio in Blackpool. The band released the album as a free download in May 2009. The demand was unexpected and the web servers hosting the album crashed after it received over 2000 downloads within four hours. They were offered a recording contract with Deep Elm in July 2008, and the album was officially re-released on 7 September 2009. Their follow-up, which was also recorded by the band themselves was issued in October 2010. In January 2013 they completed a new EP however have decided against releasing this when they went on hiatus. Only two songs have been released from these sessions 'Not With A Whimper But A Bang' and 'Something Of Summers Past', both songs are free downloads available via Barry Parkinson's label 'The Recording Industry Is Dead Records' ( The band's hiatus ended in March 2014 when they started performing together again.

After performing at the ArcTanGent Festival during August 2014, the band went on a break again, although they do keep joking online about doing a few gigs for the ten year anniversary of their first album in 2019.

The sessions from the aborted third album were finally released under the title 'No Words To Voice Our Hopes and Fears' released on The Recording Industry Is Dead, Records in 2016.

Goonies Never Say Die were featured in Alternative Press Magazine as one of the 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2010 Feature. They have had songs featured on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 iPhone app and Teen Mom.

Barry Parkinson and Steve Trenell currently play in the band Oceans Over Alderaan

Simon Morgan and Steve Pellatt currently play in the band Blanket

Dan Kerr and Ric Thomas currently play in the band Three Headed Monkey

Barry Parkinson, Dan Kerr and Ric Thomas also perform on occasion in the band Dinosaurs Are Shit Dragons, who whilst currently on hiatus randomly perform gigs now and then.



Date Of Release Title
September 2009 In A Forest Without Trees
October 2010 No Words To Voice Our Hopes and Fears

Singles and EPs[edit]

Date Of Release Title
April 2010 "Paul"
Date Of Release Title
December 2013 "Something Of Summers Past"

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