((The Go! Team)) Band Profile and Upcoming Los Angeles Concerts - Oh My Rockness

The Go! Team's mood alone can make up for all the years of wallowing lo-fi indie rockers waxing depression. Mixing tons of samples circa 1984 (think Fraggle Rock meets Hardcastle and McCormick meets the soccer practice scene in The Karate Kid) with playful vocals and jubilantly upbeat tempos make U.K.'s The Go! Team one of the happiest bands you'll ever hear.

It's funny because the title of their debut album, Thunder Lightning Strike, sounds so ominous you sort of expect death-metal. Perhaps the title is appropriate if the thunder they speak of strikes its victims with the giggles. One would never think the prevalent "scratch" of hip-hop, soul and funk on vinyl could sound so right as it's juxtaposed with melodic harmonicas, country-time banjos, and light-station trumpets. This should never work, yet it does. The Go! Team seems to be an in-studio creation of old school beats, but they're actually a live band that plays decidedly real instruments. Their show should be a "funfest." Mope-heads beware!
Published February 9, 2005



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