The Go! Team are back and for their first song since 2015’s The Scene Between. The Brighton band arrive with ‘Semicircle Song’ with a marching band, The Detroit Youth Choir.

The band’s mastermind Ian Parton took inspiration from Northern soul, Japanese indie-pop and old-school hip hop and went to Detroit to record with a marching band and choir. Where The Scene Between was a solo record, forthcoming Semicircle features live players Simone Odaranile (drums) , Angela ‘Maki’ Won-Yin Mak (vocals), as well as two original members, guitarist Sam Dook and rapper Ninja. Annelotte de Graaf (aka Amber Arcades), previous collaborator Julie Margat (aka Lispector) amnd others also feature.

Ian Parton:

“With “Semicircle Song” I was trying to take the technicolour feel of a marching band into a more psychedelic place, reclaiming that sound from patriotic or sporty bullshit and harnessing its toughness and power. Brass which takes your head off, bouncy xylophones, offbeat handclaps and toms hopping in the gaps – I hoped it would be recognisably The Go! Team but unlike any song we’d done before.

“Something more about the space between the notes. But when the notes hit, you make them count. Vocals were laid down by a bunch of teenagers in Detroit, which is a musical mecca for me. In the middle 8 I thought it would add a kinda interstellar cheekiness if they each introduced themselves, and their star sign.”

The Go! Team SEMICIRCLE tracklisting

Chain Link Fence
Semicircle Song
The Answer’s No – Now What’s the Question?
Chico’s Radical Decade
All the Way Live
If There’s One Thing You Should Know
Tangerine / Satsuma / Clementine
She’s Got Guns
Plans are Like a Dream U Organise
Getting Back Up

The Go! Team live

09 Feb – Glasgow, Oran Mor
10 Feb – Leeds, Wardrobe
11 Feb – Brighton, Haunt
15 Feb – London, Electric Ballroom
16 Feb – Newcastle, Riverside
17 Feb – Manchester, Gorilla

Posted on October 11th, 2017


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Posted on June 16th, 2015

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The Go! Team have just been announced for a gig on Saturday June 20th at Whelan’s (same weekend as Body & Soul). Tickets are €22 ex-fee on sale Thursda March 26th at 10am through & usual outlets nationwide.

The band’s new album The Scene Between is streaming on Nialler9 exclusively til Thursday before it’s released on Friday. You can win a copy of it on vinyl too.

The band are revealing videos all week from the album starting with this:

Posted on March 24th, 2015


The old Go! Team lo-fi rattle is in full-effect on ‘Blowtorch’ as if the rhythm section is playing guitars adorned with bells and tambourines – this time around it’s actually sitars helping to give that shade. That unique shake is matched with the band’s ever-present sense of innocent melody.

Except it’s not a band any more. New album The Scene Between is the work of founder Ian Parton, who wrote all the music. It means that there’s more of a patchwork quality to proceedings with vocals coming from Doreen Kirchner (Sudden Ensemble and Vinyl Tiger) as opposed to Ninja or Kaori Tsuchida solely. The album is released on March 20th on Memphis Industries.

The Go! Team’s will play a gig in London at the Village Underground in London on 17th June featuring Ian, Sam and Ninja from the classic Go! Team line joined by Simone Odaranile (drums), Cheryl Pinero (bass) and Maki (guitar and vox).

‘Blowtorch’ and the album pre-order are on iTunes.

Posted on February 11th, 2015

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From Dudley, in the West Midlands of England, comes Voluntary Butler Scheme with ‘Yo Yo Star’ , a Disney kids choir-infused slice of weird pop music.

The song doesn’t even appear on the forthcoming second album Grandad Galaxy (“truly a musical cabinet of curiosities”). The Go! Team have remixed his other new track ‘Do The hand Jive’ too.

DownloadYo-Yo Star by TheVoluntaryButlerScheme

Do The Hand Jive (The Go! Team Remix) by TheVoluntaryButlerScheme

Posted on July 7th, 2011


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The Go! Team released their new album on Friday in Ireland and it comes out this week in most other places. Rolling Blackouts is the sound of a band rejuvenated and making a very fun and repeatable album in the process. Crucially, the band have shied away from the red-hot production technique used on Proof Of Youth which made it a very unpleasant listen in the long-term. That shit hurts your ears yo.

Guests include Deerhoof singer Satomi and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino.

Below you’ll find an album stream, THREE new videos and three remixes from Starslinger , Chad Valley and Voluntary Butler Scheme.


Posted on January 31st, 2011

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Pitchfork just debuted the first track from The Go! Team’s new album Rolling Blackouts which is out in January on Memphis Industries. An interview with founding member Ian Parton reveals that the album will feature guest appearances from Best Coast and Deerhoof , live brass courtesy of community bands, an African gospel choir, psychedelic hip-hop and “BBC Radiophonic Workshop theme-tuney, interlude-type songs”.

Let’s hope the production on it is not as white-hot compression wise as Proof Of Youth. There’s also a UK tour in February. Read the interview.

The Go! Team – T.O.R.N.A.D.O

Posted on October 15th, 2010


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Where to start with last night’s gig? Let’s start with the positive. The Go! Team absolutely ROCKED Tripod. It was a masterclass performance from a band adept at crowd interaction with a barrage of exciting polychromatic indie pop tunes. Ninja commands the attention of the audience with her dance moves, jump rope skills, old school hip hop rhymes and call and response with an audience who gave the venue its best atmosphere I’ve witnessed since the re-opening.

Cadence Weapon arrived late after missing his flight and tried to get a crowd magnetised to the bar to join him which he did to some degree by getting into the audience and jumping around the front row. He was joined by DJ Weasel, a Canadian farmboy with some severe scratching talents. He culminated Rollie’s set with an impressive headspin before leaving the stage.

Super Extra Bonus Party had the unenviable start time of ten minutes past opening time and as a result, people were only starting to file in, gravitating towards the bar as if the dancefloor has some kind of disease. Despite a 25 minute set which was cut short by one song, the reaction they received was positive as were my accompanying visuals but I’ll get to that debacle in a little bit.

OK, so now we get to the negatives. I’m not an overly cynical person but a few things last night pissed me the fuck off last night. Let’s start with the so far unmentioned gig sponsor Nokia and their Trends Lab idea which their manifesto claims as “a series of experiments designed to support your creativity… a physical and virtual hub of mobility experiences. Nokia wants to enable creative thinkers to push the boundaries of how they use mobility in their creative process.” OK, so basically they want to sell the idea of their phones to you at gigs. Bluetooth! WOW! Shitty short-range radio frequency technology!

In fairness, the room wasn’t as branded as the Electric Picnic stage they ran but there were enough annoyances to warrant a bit of a bashing. Twats in boiler suits hassling everyone coming in about Trends Lab with the greeting “Join our Experiment”. They may as well have said “Join our Mobile Phone Cult, mere mortals!”. Loads of cringeworthy footage between acts consisting of bands roped into talking about how great their Nokias are and how they use it interspersed with a call to text to win a phone at the gig. Does anyone in Nokia PR/Marketing understand how annoying this is for regular Joes and Janes? Do they honestly think that people are going to walk away from the gig going “Yeh, Nokia and the Go! Team, what a great partnership. Nokia kick ass!” WHAT THE FUCK?

Posted on November 22nd, 2007

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I thought this would be worth mentioning as the early curfew in Tripod has stung a few people I know who have missed decent support acts in the venue recently and we can’t have you missing Cadence Weapon and SEBP can we? The doors are at 7.30pm for the gig and first band are on stage at 7.40pm. See running order below.

Super Extra Bonus Party 7.40PM-8.05PM
Cadence Weapon 8.15PM-8.45PM
The Go! Team 9.00PM-10.30PM

You can still buy tickets and all that jazz.

Photo by Dave Ragged Snaps

Posted on November 20th, 2007

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Friday 21st November. Tripod.


I cannot contain my excitement. Here’s why:

  1. The Go! Team are a great live band and I dig Proof of Youth.
  2. Cadence Weapon’s album Breaking Kayfabe is one of the best albums of the year.
  3. My boys Super Extra Bonus Party will also be playing.
  4. Cadence Weapon is working on a remix for Super Extra Bonus Party at the moment. Can’t wait to hear it!
  5. I get to do some visuals in the well-equipped Tripod venue for the first time.

Buy tickets for it.

Here’s some previously posted MP3s from all bands.


The Go! Team – Doin’ it right (Yo Majesty remix)


Cadence Weapon – Sharks

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Super Extra Bonus Party – On the Skyline


Posted on October 12th, 2007

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