THE GO! TEAM
The Go! Team are an
Brighton-based six piece band (with two
drummers) whose songs are a mixture of action
theme songs, cheerleader chants, guitars and early
hip hop, with a hint of '70s
Their songs are a mix of live instrumentation and samples from various sources.
The Go! Team's first full-length album,
Thunder, Lightning, Strike, was released in the UK and Europe on the
Memphis Industries label in September 2004, to widespread critical acclaim.
In June 2004, Ian Parton recruited a band in order to play as a supporting
Franz Ferdinand. The live band became a "separate entity" to the original
studio vision, as the performances became radically different from the
recordings, particularly due to vocalist
Ninja's freestyled vocals, in contrast to the sampled vocals present on the
The album was nominated for the
Mercury Prize in 2005.
The band's popularity increased with the re-issue of "Ladyflash" in the UK,
resulting in national primetime airplay on radio stations such as
BBC Radio 1,Xfm
99X. They achieved further popularity when their single "Get It Together"
from Thunder, Lightning, Strike was featured in
trailers for the videogame
LittleBigPlanet, with the song eventually becoming identified with the game.
The track "The Power is On" from
Thunder, Lightning, Strike was included in "The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to
the Greatest Songs from Punk to Present".
On the 13th of May 2007, The Go! Team announced the release of their new
single and subsequent album on their website.
The single, "Grip Like a Vice", was released on 2 July 2007, and the new
Proof of Youth, was released on 10 September in the UK and a day later in
the US. The new record continues The Go! Team’s mix of samples, live band
recordings and an array of special guests, including hip-hop legend
Chuck D, electro diva
Bonde do Rolê ex-singer
MMarina Ribatski. Their new single "Milk Crisis" was released via free
download on 21 July 2008. They later released a 2-disc limited edition of the
record with b-sides of the album including "Milk Crisis", "Phantom Broadcast",
"A Version Of Myself", and a remix of "Grip Like a Vice" by
Black Affair/a>. In 2008 The Go! Team contributed the song "Templates from
Home" to the
Survival International charity album,
Songs for Survival.<.
MUSICOMH.COM - "It is, quite simply, one of the essential
albums of the year."
ALL MUSIC GUIDE - "Cinematic, fantastic, and essential to
all who want their music larger than life and rambunctious, Thunder, Lightning,
Strike is the kind of record that makes you glad to be alive."