The Go! Team has just released the first single for their upcoming album, Semicircle. It is as nuanced and quirky as their Spotify bio.
The Go! Team is a indie pop group from the UK. The group is made up of six members as diverse as their sound: Ian Parton, Ninja, Sam Dook, Angela Won-Lin Mac aka Maki, Cheryl Pinero and Simone Odaranille. The band has created a pastiche of sounds that mix miscellaneous influences such as: Garage rock, Blaxploitation and Bollywood soundtracks, old school hip hop, and psychedelic rock. The six musicians are trained in many instruments such as piano, bass, guitar, recorder, harmonica, banjo, glockenspiel, tambourine, triangle, and drums. In addition to the highly layered sound these various instruments create, the group heavily samples sounds from the world, and other songs.
This album, will be their fifth studio album and follows their 2015 release The Scene Between. According to Consequence of Sound, the band’s leader, Parton, had a unique vision for “Semicircle Song.”: “I was trying to make the technicolor feel of a marching band into a more psychedelic place, reclaiming that sound from patriotic or sporty bullshit and harnessing its toughness and power.” This is achieved through the use of bold brass instruments, vibrant xylophone melodies, syncopated handclaps and percussion jives and most importantly with the aid of The Detroit Youth Choir. The youth choir helps to mirror the outcast high schoolers vibe that the band often tries to achieve. The song achieves Parton’s vision of, “a marching band going rogue and chucking away their sheet music to blast out Northern soul stompers, Japanese indie-pop swoons and old-school hip hop jams.” The rest of the album will be released January 19th.
02. Chain Link Fence
03. Semicircle Song
05. The Answer’s No – Now What’s the Question?
06. Chico’s Radical Decade
07. All the Way Live
08. If There’s One Thing You Should Know
09. Tangerine / Satsuma / Clementine
10. She’s Got Guns
11. Plans are Like a Dream U Organise
12. Getting Back Up
The Go! Team 2018 Tour Dates:
02/09 – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
02/10 – Leeds, UK – The Wardrobe
02/11 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
02/15 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
02/16 – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
02/17 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
03/24 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
03/25 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
03/27 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
03/29 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
03/30 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
03/31 – Vancouver, BC – Fox
04/03 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
04/04 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall