Album Review: Get Up Sequences, Pt. 1 by The Go! Team
Very Good, Based on 3 Critics
Exclaim - 70 Based on rating 7/10
Twee indie folks enjoy sports too, and that's always been the Go! Team's niche, since their music sounds like Jock Jams for Belle and Sebastian fans. Imagine "Whoomp! (There It Is)" played on glockenspiel and you'd have a pretty good idea of the territory they've been exploring for close to 20 years, since 2004's still-brilliant Thunder, Lightning, Strike.
Get Up Sequences Part One often feels like a time capsule from the band's earlier days.
Midway through a podcast interview late last year, the Go! Team mastermind Ian Parton raised a tantalizing counterfactual. What if the groundswell around the collage-pop project's brilliant debut album, 2004's Thunder, Lightning, Strike, had been a bit less deafening? "It happened too quickly," Parton said of the Go! Team's initial flush of success. Noting that there will be a "a certain contingent" for whom the UK six-piece will always be associated with the era of mp3 blogs and Iraq War protests, he added, "I prefer to be a slow-burn band.
As sure as day turns to night, The Go! Team will hoist their funky flags every few years and deliver a kaleidoscopic set of sun-kissed numbers that'll slap a smile on your face. Arriving somewhat fully formed - in a chaotic, bonkers sorta way - with 2004's 'Thunder, Lightning, Strike,' Ian Parton's brian child has always followed its own bizarre logic. The Go! Team is you half-remembering an old funky number you once dug while watching TV and falling in love all at the same time.