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
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