Last Night The Go! Team
posted by October 16 at 16:11 PMon
The Go! Team, Bodies of Water @ Neumo’s
True to their name, the Go! Team are all exclamations, all cheerleading, all game-show winning, all the time. If you’re not ready to commit 110% to the enthusiasm, then don’t bring your tired ass to the Go! Team—they will have nothing for you, man. Of course, enthusiasm, cheer, excitement, these are all good things, right? Yeah, but with no variation, it becomes a monotone, albeit a very perky, upbeat monotone. It’s music for only one occasion, a party. And sometimes, on a rainy, Monday night, you’re just not in the right mood (maybe you saw a screener of Control earlier that day and you’re feeling more like some b&w Mancunian mope), and no amount of energy and sampled clarion calls and backbeat will move you.
So it was for me at last night’s Go! Team show. But make no mistake, my mood had nothing to do with the band’s performance. They were charming, fun, and totally tight. I though the live sound might be radically different than their recorded material, but I was surprised by how true to the records it was. There was more bass, but it was still all sunny clutter, with Ninja’s playground raps alternately lost and peeking out amidst all the activity. From the very first beat, the band had the crowd dancing, jumping around, and waving their arms, especially up front in the all-ages section. If I wasn’t there to party, I was definitely in the minority.
Openers Bodies of Water were a pleasant surprise, though, even in my curmudgeonly mood. Their tie-dyed gospel pop was full of sweet sometimes wordless male/female vocal harmonies, western gallops, and charging choruses that were immediately catchy if not ultimately memorable this morning. I’d never heard of the band before last night, and while I’m not totally won over, I’d definitely go see them again.