Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The Go Team - Rolling Blackouts (Memphis industries)

Boasting a heavily inspired, near ADD sound, which ranges from tuneful garage rock to Bollywood-sampled pop; The Go Team are a pleasant oddity. Originally conceived by guitarist Ian Parton, one can only imagine the transformation the music took once the rest of the band was finally recruited. Led by the charismatic, bubbly presence known as Ninja, The Go Team are a force to be reckoned with on record and an even bigger hazard when it comes to the stage; their highly visual, highly entertaining onstage antics resemble primary school gymnastics rather than rock star posturing. Shoegaze this ain’t.

Third album, Rolling Blackouts, is more of the same, in the best way possible. The band boast such a loose sound that there is a lot of room to explore musically, without having to abandon their roots altogether. Such playful titles as T.O.R.N.A.D.O, Bust-out Brigade and Lazy Poltergeist fit into the bands canon with ease; they are playing in their comfort zone and they are playing very nicely. Often sliding into Japanese bubblegum pop, via epic film-like scores, the constant inspiration and optimism The Go Team encourage is both refreshing and effective. Album highlight, Read to Go Steady, is characteristically melodic, catchy and emotive. These songs are life lessons; simple, but wise.

Last record, Proof of Youth, featured a collaboration with hip hop legend Chuck D and this time round, The Go Team attach themselves with another great slate of artists; Satomi Matsuzaki[Deerhoof], Bethany Cosentino [Best Coast] and French female artist Soko [apparently nothing to do with Southern Comfort]. Working with such diverse, exciting musicians is all part of the bands delicious flavour; adding vibrancy to an already vivacious album.

Words : David Campion

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