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THE GO! TEAM
THUNDER LIGHTNING STRIKE
COLUMBIA

It's been a year since this Brighton six-piece seized Great Britain, earning a Mercury Prize nomination along the way, and now the bubbly dance music of Thunder Lighting Strike has been given a proper Stateside release in all its we-rock-the-party clamor. Go! Team leader Ian Parton and MC Ninja mash together old-school hip-hop cadences, hopped-up percussion, indie guitars, and Motown horns recorded somewhere on Sesame Street in a lo-fi setting. (My guess: a crowded basement thatís cramped but not claustrophobic.) Donít let the sometimes muddy sound and unintelligible chants fool you: the Go! Teamís musically and ethnically diverse members come together with the purpose and precision of Anime hero Voltron. They sport their playful pop sensibility best on "We Just Wonít Be Defeated" (one of two bonus tracks for the US release), with shout-along vocals that bring to mind a high-school pep rally. Like the Avalanches they appreciate the obscure sample, and like Cibo Matto they know how to bring the fun.

The Go! Team + the Grates | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | Nov 1 | 617.228.6000

BY JEFF SKRUCK 


Issue Date: October 28 - November 3, 2005
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