The Go! Team
Rolling Blackouts - Memphis Industries
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Adam Conner-Simons on March 10, 2011
From the first hyperkinetic moments of 2004’s Thunder, Lightning, Strike, The Go! Team’s dense collages of bubbly garage-funk hit listeners like a cotton-candy cocktail. The sextet’s third album showcases a more conventional creative process—ringleader Ian Parton wrote songs on guitar rather than grafting together unlicensed samples-—but still sticks close to its bread-and-butter of frantic dance-punk and chipper twinkle-pop. Bombastic horns compete with sirens and steamroller drums on “Bust-Out Brigade”; a pre–Best Coast Bethany Cosentino assists on the jangly “Buy Nothing Day”; and there’s no better distillation of the band’s appeal than “Yosemite Theme,” a loping summer-afternoon jaunt with Charlie Brown piano chords and euphoria to spare. Rolling Blackouts features less of lady rapper Ninja’s double-dutch rhymes and a wrecking-ball brass attack, a welcome evolution that shifts the focus towards songcraft and away from the squealing sheets of instrumentation.