While The Go! Team released their debut album, Thunder Lightning Strike on tiny indie Memphis Industries back in 2004 it wasn't until the single Ladyflash was everwhere in 2005/6 that i finally took the opportunity to check them out, and boy was i glad i did. This was the band of my dreams, mixing old school electro, cheerleading chants, Sonic Youth discordance, C86 cutie and tv cop show soundtracks, it was the kind of record you actually listened to whilst you danced.
Baring in mind how much i loved the record, it was still a huge suprise when i finally saw them live, this was the album to the power of ten, the guitars were ear shredding, the beats in yer face (two drummers!)and it was all topped off with front-woman Ninja who's old-skool call and response was so out of place at an 'indie' gig it couldn't help make you grin from ear to ear. Leaving the gig i couldn't help but imagine how great the next album could sound.
And here it is, and i have to say it's surpassed my wildest expectations. First single, 'Grip Like A Vice' is the most punk rock 'comeback' single i've heard for ages, 'Doing it Right' is already a live favourite and they've nailed it here, Fake ID reminds me of The Pastels, but The Pastels never sounded this melodic or urgent. The Wrath Of Marcie is the most joyful track The Go! Team have done yet while Keys To City is the best track they've done period (can't wait to hear this one live...)
With Proof Of Youth, The Go! Team have walked back into the stadium and knocked the ball clean out of the ground, god i love this band.