Thursday, August 12, 2004

Toddlerclash?

The Go! Team - Ladyflash - I frankly have no clear clue what to call the Go! Team, or their new album, Thunder Lightning Strike. But I will say that, along with the Arcade Fire, the Fiery Furnaces, and others, we're seeing a definite... childish movement in new music right now. My initial instinct upon this realization is that Kindercore Records stole the most obvious name for the whole trend, for those who like to name things (to my dismay, I generally am one - I'm just a very verbal person I suppose.) So... well, Toddlerclash works. And I have to say, all this kid stuff isn't necesarily a bad thing. In fact, in the case of the Go! Team, it's quite awesome. This track seems to pick off where Junior Seniors D-D-D-Don't Stop the Beat left off last year, with vocals that are uncannilly reminiscent of Jackson 5 style kiddie soul, a bouncy piano/bass interplay that wouldn't be out of place on a Fiery Furnaces track for about 15 seconds, and a killer steel drum fill.

The Go! Team - The Power is On - Fluxblog posted this track a while back, and referred to it as something akin to the Hello Kitty Death March. That sounds about right. There's something in the marching beats, in the shouts, in the urgent horn fills, that just makes this a war song. With singers who sound like kids. If the Arcade Fire are like a depressed and angry childish Polyphonic Spree, then the Go! Team are the militant kids choir answer to Jr.Sr. There's just so much energy here. Anthemic and addictive.

The Go! Team - Huddle Formation - Some people seem baffled by the comparisons this band has at times drawn to Sonic Youth. If there's a song that deserves it, it's this one. The guitar drone is straight out of 80's youth, layered over with playground chant vocals that never fail to produce a smile. Thunder Lightning Strike is rocketing out of nowhere to be in fierce competition for the title of this years best debut.

The album is set to be released in September.

Oh, and you can check out another track that Seans posted over in Gramophone land.

[Watch this spot on the labels site for buying type info.]

50 Comments:

At 8/12/2004 03:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huddle Formation is excellent. I can definitely see where you get the toddlerclash label from.

 
At 8/13/2004 12:31:00 AM, Blogger B. Wong said...

how about "toy rock?" (at first i was thinking "kid rock," but the reasons against that are obvious)

 
At 8/13/2004 05:50:00 AM, Blogger andrewt said...

they really are that good aren't they?

can't wait to see 'em live, missed them twice in the past month....

 
At 8/13/2004 06:59:00 PM, Blogger schroeder said...

My big problem with this band is that there was already a band called "The Go Team" - it was Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Halo Benders, K Records) with Tobi Vail and Billy Karren from Bikini Kill. They put out a bunch of 7"s around 1990. They're impossible to find, especially the one Kurt Cobain played on, for obvious reasons. I doubt Calvin would sue, but you'd think bands would do a quick Google search before they settle on a name.

 
At 8/14/2004 04:25:00 AM, Blogger mr gilbert said...

great post...I luv these tracks. the blogs are buzzing in anticipation of their album, and I'm happily jumping on the bangwagon.

 
At 8/14/2004 07:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This stuff is great - there are 2 EPs of theirs on iTunes I would say are worth looking at.

 
At 10/24/2004 10:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, like someone already said, there's already been a band called "the Go Team" but then agian... if one Olympia band (Nirvana) can heist the name of a UK one.. then I guess the same can happen years later the other way around. Hopefully this band will keep the little "!" in front of their "Go" so I can tell them apart in searches.

Oh.. one thing that wasn't mentioned though... The Go Team had more than just a bunch of hard 7" records. There was also the cassette tape release "Archer Come Sparrow" as well as two other cassettes "Donna Parker Pop" and "Your Pretty Guitar"... also some compilation tracks, if I'm not mistaken. I remember listening to "Archer Come Sparrow" constantly back round 1995 & '96 when I was in High School.

 
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