Thunder, Lightning, Strike





For the record, The Go! Team is not your typical UK “four-bloke guitar ballad” band. Rather, they are an unlikely girl-boy team of six, complete with two female drummers (Silke Steidinger and Fukami “Chi” Taylor), a synth player (Sam Dook), a bassist (Jamie Bell), a harmonica player (Ian Parton) and a black female rapper named Ninja. Yet for a group so unrelated in their individual backgrounds (“noisy guitar” to hip hop/black, Asian, German), The Go!Team has managed to craft a seamless bounty of tracks that recently landed them a contract with major label, Columbia, and a Mercury Music Prize nomination. The US debut of Thunder, Lightning, Strike (October 4) showcases nearly a two-year production effort that involved compressed drum beats and trumpet, separately recorded sounds, and mixing that required one day completion per song – all within the confines of Parton’s basement. The result is the intentionally “rough” sound of The Go! Team’s upbeat, ‘60s-inspired tracks. Thunder, Lightning, Strike presents a fresh take on old school, blast-from-the-past vibes and is reminiscent of schoolyard Double-Dutch chants. The record is synchronized and poised with musical depth and endearing in its harmonics. “Ladyflash” and “Bottle Rocket” are feel-good hits that can be placed nostalgically throughout the ending credits of any whimsical film. Not to be mistaken for morning theme songs, Parton’s intention was to “layer and mix up all our favorite musical styles and to create something that references the past but is doing something new with it.” Indeed, the pairing of compressed drums and trumpets, along with other unconventional sounds, provides an updated spin on vintage beats that have been compiled from countless obscure samples. The group’s influences include Sonic Youth, Shellac, Jackson 5 and Shangri-Las, but it's that diversity within The Go! Team’s music (and the band itself) that makes it an anthem to other randomly like-minded musicians – unequaled by any Brady or Partridge. Though their sound has always been meant for the live experience, Thunder, Lightning, Strike is a force to be reckoned with and the next best thing to having the band play live at your next house party.

The Go! Team
Columbia

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