NAME: The Go! Team
PROGRESS REPORT: Recording the followup to 2007′s Proof Of Youth at Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton.

“Some people think of music as self-expression, where you’re pouring things out. I think of it as mining,” says Go! Team’s leader Ian Parton. From The Go! Team’s past records, a bright collage of grainy samples, playground double-dares, and manic guitars, his mining sounds like a lot of digging through record bins and messing around with the pieces on his laptop. But that’s not how Go! Team songs start out, especially for this record. For one, Parton says the emphasis will be on “singing and melody” here more than on the last two records. And his mining is a lot like that of other Progress Report songwriter — recording every idea onto tape, or on his cell phone, then seeing which ones stick with him past the initial stage. “I hoard ideas,” he says. “Someone once described it like a Ray Mears-style water filtration system. I do the same with samples — I stick ’em down and then focus on the best ones. This time I’ve been mostly fitting them to a song I’ve written rather than using it as a basis for a song.” Thus many of Parton’s songs begin on acoustic guitar, played in his kitchen.

The new album will be “less peppy,” says Parton, but with more quick changes and flailing guitar that “aim to confuse.” He’s written 17 songs that revolve around this, amongst other ideas. The most interesting is his idea of making “schizo music,” a single song that can switch from sounding like a home demo to “big and widescreen,” or could even change from one set of instruments to another from one minute to next — almost like tuning into the same song across different radio stations playing different genres. “I’ve never really heard music that flips in fidelity within the same song, but the challenge is to make it flow like a song should,” Parton says. “Its hard.”

Of course Parton is still mining records and samples. He’s been interested in the soundtrack and musique concrète-influenced releases from UK label Ghost Box, and he’s planning on recording a cover of “I’m Not Satisfied,” a reverb-coated single from ’60s duo Betty And Karen. The Go! Team will still feature vocalists Ninja and Kaori Tsuchida. Parton’s brother Gareth will once again act as producer, but Parton hasn’t finalized his dream list of guest artists yet. He’s hoping for a good mix of accents and vocal styles — another part of his plan to make schizo music. Otherwise Parton wants to keep things sounding the same, while finding just the right sound. “Even though it’s album three and the tradition is to mature and all that bullshit I have no desire to clean up the sound. It feels like the perfect song is out there somewhere, but you have to dig for it.”


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Comments (22)
  1. I lost my shit to Thunder Lightning Strike, but not so much the seond one. Anyhow, I didn’t even know they were working on a new one…Something to look forward to.

    • thef1pumphouse  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

      This band are without doubt ‘one of the greatest bands in the World today (say NME) but they do need to improve on the last CD Proof of Youth which I do not feel was in the same league as Thunder, Lightning, Strike. These guys need, and deserve, music exposure wherever they can get it.

  2. Fread  |   Posted on Aug 11th, 2009 0

    I forgot this band existed. Brings up memories of a lot of gimmick indie bands over the past decade that once were the next big thing and now barely get remembered. The Pipettes anyone?

    • I can’t wait until I can repeat your comment, replacing “The Pipettes” with Animal Collective. By 2019 everyone will be.

      • there’s a good chance that you are just trying to instigate some type of confrontation, in which case I maybe shouldn’t be bothering to argue this, (this is my first time ever commenting on a blog) but comparing bands like the pipettes or the go! team to animal collective is a bit weird to me because of the vast array of sounds animal collective have explored. the differences in styles between albums like “spirit they’ve gone” and the avey tare split w/ david grubbs, or panda bears “prayer”….blah blah terrestrial tones, vashti bunyan, pullhair rubeye etc…animal collective might not have been as adventurous with their past couple of albums, but their body of work is massive, and there really aren’t many other bands going right now that have been as adventurous as they have…I don’t think in 2019 people are going to have forgotten about them…

  3. Sean  |   Posted on Aug 11th, 2009 0

    I also thoroughly enjoyed Thunder Lightning Strike. But…Proof of Youth was an EXACT COPY of that record. They were the SAME DAMN SONGS. Who gives a crap what The Go! Team is doing now, when everyone knows it will just be a third set of Thunder Lightning Strike songs?

  4. I’m excited for this record, and here’s why: I think I’m the only person on earth who thought Proof of Youth wasn’t a carbon copy of Thunder Lightning Strike. TLS had the rush of novelty (in a good way) whereas PoY was a batch of ridiculously catchy pop songs. If you did a blind listening test with a group of people who had never heard a Go! Team record, I’d bet a majority of them would prefer PoY. They are a band that by all accounts should have faded into oblivion, but I think they have the chops to make a career of it. Parton is moving away from sampling and into classic songwriting? More power to him; I hope they pull it off. High hopes for this record.

    • Mike  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

      You’re not the only one,Doing it Right is head & shoulders above anything on the 1st album,i think the only reason i don’t hear it popping up everywhere like Paper Planes is cause people in position to make that happen never heard it.

  5. Andrew  |   Posted on Aug 11th, 2009 0

    Can’t go! wrong with this team

  6. Emas  |   Posted on Aug 12th, 2009 0

    I was wondering what they were doing, as well. I saw them on both album tours – high energy, lots of fun and they were loud, loud, LOUD both times. You are right in that both albums are identical. I hope they do more stuff that can be sung along with.



  8. Shot By A Fan  |   Posted on Aug 12th, 2009 0

    The Go! Team has always done their own thing…now it’s just getting better!!!

  9. Larry  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2009 0

    The Go! Team could come out with a carbon copy of Thunder Lightning Strike every year until the end of time, in my personal opinion. Whatever they do is cool by me!

  10. Todd  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2009 0

    Well this news gives me something to look forward to….. I first heard ladyflash and thought this tune is so cool, different, fresh and raw, its like a song you would hear on sesame street, but for adults. I agree that both albums share the same sound, but there are more vocals and more lyrics on proof of youth. But you could say the same about the beatles, their first 4 albums shared that early beatlemania sound, did they not? I like The Go Team! as i do alot of other bands, Ive seen them 5 times, their live shows kick ass! so im hoping after the release of the new album they will be out on the road touring again…!

  11. phatfish  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2009 0

    I really don’t get what it is with people having an issue with bands creating albums that “sound the same”, its the same band… i WANT them to sound the same. Especially when they are making awesome music like The Go Team. If i wanted something different i’d listen to another band, its not like there’s any shortage of them!

    A slow evolution of good albums is much better than thinking your a musical genius because you got an album in the top 40, and throwing everything you learnt out the window.

    I just hope they don’t fill their new stuff with loads of “guest vocals”, that’s one way to really screw up good music (i’m looking at you drum & bass producers). Some of the best Go Team tracks were instrumentals — not that i don’t like Ninja’s vocals, but anyone else doing them would make me worried.

  12. Elliee  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2009 0

    i think its gonna be really good,
    i actually bought proof of youth first after hearing wrath of mercie on e4….after i searched it on youtube i discovered ladyflash n everythin which i can remember hearin before; then i kinda like fell in love? i think the third album will be amazin but they need to go on tour more :)
    when they were last in notts like last year or summin i wasnt old enough to go arrgghhhhhh.

  13. susume  |   Posted on Sep 24th, 2009 0

    Oh, that’s great news: the team is working on a new album! I feel a little sad though for reading that it is going to be “less peppy”, one of the things I like more from them is their positivity and joyful attitude no matter what. We’ll see… By the way, I’m going to see their show tomorrow night in Barcelona. Go team go!!!

  14. bobby  |   Posted on Oct 18th, 2009 0

    The Go! Team are bigger than The Beatles. Discuss.

  15. I can’t wait for this new album. Hopefully I hear some elements from Thunder Lightning Strike and Proof of Youth but some new sounds also.

  16. Ninja from The Go! Team is on Twitter!!! @NinjaFromGoTeam

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