Zoey Van Goey

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Zoey Van Goey
Zoey Van Goey performing in April 2008
Zoey Van Goey performing in April 2008
Background information
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresIndie folk, indie pop
Years active2006–2012
LabelsChemikal Underground Records (UK)
MembersKim Moore
Matt Brennan
Michael John McCarthy
Adam Scott

Zoey Van Goey were an indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland, made up of Matt Brennan, Michael John McCarthy, Kim Moore and Adam Scott. Brennan, McCarthy and Moore, hailing from Canada, Ireland and England respectively, formed the initial trio in Glasgow in 2006,[1] with Scott becoming a full-fledged member in 2010. The band stopped performing in 2012.[2]

The band's debut single, "Foxtrot Vandals," was produced by the Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch, and released on seven-inch vinyl in 2007. They released another single, "Sweethearts in Disguise," on seven-inch vinyl in 2008 which was produced by Paul Savage of The Delgados.

Their debut album, The Cage Was Unlocked All Along, also produced by Savage, was first self-released in 2009 and then re-released by Chemikal Underground Records. Their second album, Propeller Versus Wings, was released in 2011.

Press coverage[edit]

Zoey Van Goey were received onto the Scottish music scene being described as "like the Postal Service with a sense of humour,"[3] being included in national press alongside established acts such as The Chemical Brothers.[4]

Tours and gigs[edit]

In 2007, Glasgow-based writer Alan Bissett approached the band and Y'all is Fantasy Island suggesting they perform together. In May 2007, all three performed together in a short tour of Central Scotland. The three acts, dubbed as The Super Puny Humans also performed as a collective during the concerts.[5]

In 2008, Zoey Van Goey played the unsigned stages of Scotland's biggest music festivals, including T in the Park, Connect Music Festival, Wickerman Festival, Live at Loch Lomond and Rock Ness.[6]

In December 2010, Zoey Van Goey played at Bowlie 2, the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival curated by Belle and Sebastian. In 2011, Zoey Van Goey launched their new album Propeller Versus Wings and supported Belle & Sebastian on their European tour.[2]


Singles & EPs[edit]

  • "Foxtrot Vandals" (2007)
  • "Song To The Embers" (Miaoux Miaoux remix)
  • "Sweethearts In Disguise" (vinyl single) (2008)
  • "Sweethearts In Disguise"
  • "Lick A 99" (Funkspiel Remix)
  • "Lick A 99" (Chris 'Beans' Geddes Remix) (found on a bonus CD inserted with the vinyls sold at gigs)


  • The Cage Was Unlocked All Along (2009)
  1. "The Best Treasure Stays Buried"
  2. "We Don't Have That Kind Of Bread"
  3. "Sweethearts In Disguise"
  4. "We All Hid In Basements"
  5. "Two White Ghosts"
  6. "Foxtrot Vandals"
  7. "My Persecution Complex"
  8. "Nae Wonder"
  9. "Cotton Covering"
  10. "City Is Exploding"
  • Propeller Versus Wings (2011)
  1. "Mountain On Fire"
  2. "The Cake And Eating It"
  3. "Sackville Sun"
  4. "My Aviator"
  5. "Escape Maps"
  6. "You Told The Drunks I Knew Karate"
  7. "Little Islands"
  8. "Extremities"
  9. "Robot Tyrannosaur"
  10. "Another Day Another Disaster"
  11. "Where It Lands"


Other recordings[edit]

  • "Song To The Embers"
  • "Tell Me Lies"
  • "Jump Your Bones"


  1. ^ "Zoey Van Goey". Discogs. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Zoey Van Goey". Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ Paterson, Laura (12 November 2007), Maps are intent on destruction, The Skinny, retrieved 2 April 2008
  4. ^ Suttie, Heather (6 November 2007), On My Nano, The Daily Record, retrieved 2 April 2008
  5. ^ "Zoey Van Goey | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Zoey Van Goey". Belle & Sebastian | Official Site. Retrieved 6 August 2019.