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Ian Parton of the Go! Team

Ready, steady...GO!

By Linda Serck
With a second album in sight and a tour taking in the Fez Club in Reading on Thursday 14 June, BBC Berkshire catches up with Go! Team founder Ian Parton, thankfully not over a cup of tea in a Wales kitchen.

Once upon a time, Go! Team founder Ian Parton was sitting in his parents' Welsh home, trying to record his debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike.

"The songs still consciously go in for that distorted low-fi drumsy kind of sound."
Go! Team founder Ian Parton on the new album

"The first album was literally done in a kitchen in Wales with six microphones and a bunch of dodgy vinyl," the former documemtary-maker reminisces, now enjoying the delights of his comfy leather chair in Brighton.

The memories continue with his gran entering his makeshift studio to make yet another cup of tea, resulting in yet another ruined take.

Oh how things have changed.

Well, sort of.

A Mercury Music Prize nomination for what is already a 'classic' album, and an world-wide army of fans later, the Go! Team are gearing up to release their second album on 10 September.

The Go! Team

But despite leaving the domestic tea-brewing enclave for a snazzier recording space, Ian says the second album, as yet untitled, will have pretty much the same raw spontaneous sound as Thunder, Lightning, Strike, which was hailed as an explosive triumph thanks to a treasure trove of retro sampling, dizzying Charlie Brown piano grooves, high-octane Phil Spector beats and noisy Sonic Youth guitars.

"The second album is kind of a continuation of where Thunder, Lightning, Strike left off", says Ian.

"The songs still consciously go in for that distorted low-fi drumsy kind of sound.

"I think that's quite an important element of the Go Team! sound."

While Ian can't even remotely miss recording in a kitchen, he's keen to recreate the D.I.Y. sound that has made him and the rest of the band household names and darlings of the advertising soundtrack world.

"My ideas are certainly still the same," he continues unwaveringly, "my goals are still there, the influences are still there."

He adds: "The production is also the same but it's tougher, a bit more kicking - not quite as bedroomy."

So having holed themselves up in "a rehearsal room at the dodgier end of Brighton", the team spent six months bashing out and honing songs until Christmas last year.

They're heading to the Fez Club in Gun Street, Reading on Thursday 14 June to plug their new single Grip Like A Vice.

And while some touring bands present their 'new phase' to an audience silently willing them to play the old favourites, Reading Go! Team fans can expect a "fistful of new tracks" that rest firmly within the realms of what the band do best: a breathless whirlwind of a stonking party - without a whiff of tea anywhere.


Get details of the Go! Team Reading gig here:
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