Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Go

One of the legion of Detroit garage rock bands to sprout up in the 90s, The Go seems like it wouldn't be very remarkable. However, its position at the center of the scene and the membership of some notable Detroiters has made it worth of some attention. Moreover, the band has a good ability to re-invent itself without alienating its fandom, at least not much of it. There's been many names to pass through the roster of the Go, some of the more famous are Dave Buick (co-owner of label/store Young Soul Rebels) and Jack White (pre-White Stripes days). Although these individuals made contributions to the band, the real source of the sound comes from the singer Bobby Harlow and guitarist/bassist John Krautner as the songwriters. Their first album, Whatca Doin' is roughly done, yet quite melodic. It is quintessentially garage and earned them the right to share the stage with Michigan garage legends ? and the Mysterians. There is an unreleased album after this, but I haven't got it to give to you. The next released album is the self-titled effort where the album is markedly more snazzily produced. This is as it should be, for the travelled all the way to London to get it done, and it was issued under the British label Lizard King. Two tracks from this got put in some shitty film by the fuck face Wes Craven, nobody cared as it is nothing to brag about. Afterwards followed by Howl On The Haunted Beat You Ride, which features way more of a psychedelic feel paired with a overall slower pace. This was released by a label back in Detroit, namely Cass records (owned by Ben Blackwell, member of the Dirtbombs and nephew of Jack White). Supposedly there's to be a fourth album soon, but it hasn't come out as far as I'm aware (do correct me if I'm wrong).

To be had here:

Whatca Doin' (1998) [160 kbps]

The Go (2003) [160 kbps]

Howl On The Haunted Beat You Ride (2007) [256 VBR kbps]

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