The Go! Team have always been cheerleaders for a better world - an outpouring of collective joy in the face of small-mindedness and dismal careerism. They rejoice in the unifying urges and the chance encounters between cultures that lead to something new. They're a band who still have faith in the power of music to make things better. Now more than ever, we need The Go! Team.
The brainchild of Brighton-based melody obsessive Ian Parton, The Go! Team's fifth album Semicircle began with an idea; in his head was the image of a school marching band gone rogue, chucking away their sheet music to blast out Northern soul stompers or Japanese indie-pop swooners or old school hip hop jams. "I like the swing and the toughness of marching bands, the physicality of feeling a beater walloping a bass drum," explains Ian, "but I wanted to reclaim them from patriotic or sporty associations. That was the kick-off for this record."
Ian is keen to emphasise that the vibrant utopia he and his cohorts have conjured up on their fifth album is not an escapist fantasy but a potentially achievable goal. "It's about reminding yourself of the good things in life," he says. "We don't want to be dumbly optimistic and say, 'Hey, isn't everything great!' but there's something to be said for just getting on with it, for getting organised and not letting the fuckers get you down. Party for your right to fight!"
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2. Chain Link Fence
3. Semicircle Song
5. The Answers No - Now Whatâs The Question?
6. Chicâs Radical Decade
7. All the Way Live
8. If Thereâs One Thing You Should Know
9. Tangerine / Satsuma / Clementine
10. Sheâs Got Guns
11. Pans are Like a Dream U Organise
12. Getting Back Up