Go! Team's Twinbill

If you closed your eyes during the Go! Team's set, you might have thought you were hearing two different bands.

The British group played with a two-drummer, two-guitarist, one-bassist lineup that churned out swelling noise-rock filled with trebley guitar distortion.

Then, after ending a long, loud instrumental suite with a bracing blast of feedback, the band brought its knee-hi-socks-wearing rapping/cheerleading dynamo, Ninja, to spit a rapid-fire verse over a driving hip-hop beat, twin funk guitars and a blaring horn sample on "Bottle Rocket," which even included a harmonica break from team leader Ian Paton.

It's not that the band has an identity crisis. It's that its identity is an genre-jumping, pastiche-rocking group that always wondered what it would sound like if the Dust Brothers produced a Sonic Youth album that included some '70s funk songs featuring JJ Fad.

-- J. Freedom du Lac

By David Malitz |  August 10, 2008; 1:14 PM ET Virgin Festival
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"Variety is the spice of life." The Go! Team was the main reason I attended VMF this year, and their variety of styles is what I like most about them. Contrast that to the Black Keys, though their performance was engaging, the Keys' songs all sound the same.


Posted by: Roy B | August 12, 2008 9:11 AM

The Go Team is one of those rare bands that is amazing on record but horrible live.

Posted by: Ben W. | August 13, 2008 9:58 AM

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