I really like The Go! Team. A friend of mine slipped me their debut album back in 2005 and I was confused. I had heard their name being tossed around for awhile and had constructed my own ideas of what they might sound like. Of course, this probably had to do with the source of my new gift: a mixed-up music head like myself who wished she was Brody Dalle of the Distillers, thought Billie Holliday was heaven-sent, would bust out a country song every now and then [that was painful] but also knew every word to “Bombs Over Baghdad.”
Their sound shocked me. It’s like a cheerleading/pep squad with scratchy samples and a horn section. It sounds like something you would play hopscotch to and then sit on the curb and eat a popsicle when you’re too tired to play anymore. It’s whimsical and smart without the genius. This is music that you put on and simply enjoy without the philosophizing or ‘jaw-dropping how-did-they-think-of-this?!’ moments. I love it because it sounds like a bunch of friends who decided they wanted to have fun. Plus, I think it’s cool that they have two drummers.
Bottle Rocket – The Go! Team
Huddle Formation – The Go! Team
The Power Is On – The Go! Team
These tracks from their first album Thunder, Lightning, Strike are a good sampling of their sound. “Bottle Rocket” is a lively, celebratory-sounding track with horns, a steady beat and a fun 80s-esque flow. There’s even some harmonica thrown in there on the break. “Huddle Formation” is probably the track I listened to the most on this album. It’s unobstrusive, upbeat and it has handclaps. I like how the vocals are layered under the instruments and sampled sound. It has a vintage, almost-fuzzy sound or like the vocals are coming through a telephone wire. “The Power Is On” sounds like a double-ductch chant put over piano, horns, drums and handclaps. It’s musical but still noisy and rowdy with voices and echoes; almost like what a walk on a busy city street with your headphones on might sound like. The best part is near the end at 2:47 when the beat you’ve been hearing the whole time folds over on itself. The drummer decides he wants more snare and flips his attack. It’s almost like you can hear him thinking the song would sound better this way…and it does.