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.
“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
Mayday Chain Link Fence Semicircle Song Hey! 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
Friday – Sunday: The Wellington Weekender @ The Workman’s Club (Win BBQ and drinks vouchers, branded wellies and a golden ticket invite to the upcoming Workman’s Club 5th Birthday event)
How to enter ticket comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
Tuesday June 16
John Staz @ The Workman’s Club (€8) [Folk/indie] Denver-based musician.
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 Ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.
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.
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.
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.
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? (more…)
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