The Go! Team
Given the band's name and peppy sound, comparisons to cheerleaders at a high school football game seem inevitable. The Team does little to diffuse such analogies, with such song titles as "Huddle Formation" and "We Just Won't Be Defeated" and joyous chants of "Two! Four! Six! Eight! Ten!" on "Bottle Rocket." But the Go! Team is less haphazard than its rah-rah bounciness implies. Guitarist/band leader Ian Parton handpicked the six-member group (including a female rapper named Ninja). In addition, samples embedded in the songs add a surprising texture to their sound, from snippets of "Come See About Me" (on "Ladyflash") to elements from the Clash documentary "Westway to the World" (on "The Power Is On").
Even with such attentive thought behind its music, the Go! Team remains eternally carefree. With the scratching of a turntable leading the rowdy conclusion of "Get It Together" and the soulful horns of "Junior Kickstart," the group's breezy sound shows that lightheartedness is no trivial pursuit.
-- Catherine P. Lewis