The Go, Tastefest, Detroit 7/7/07
photo by Jon Bohy
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
You Go Bangin’ On by The Go from the 2007 album Howl On The Haunted Beat You Ride on Cass Records.
Born out of Detroit’s garage-rock scene and initially featuring Jack White on guitar, The Go has certainly come a long way. After their successful 1999 debut, Whatcha Doin’, their then-label Sub Pop rejected the band’s sophomore effort and dropped them completely. It’s a shame; this album would have fit nicely on Jonathan Poneman’s new Hardly Art imprint. Regardless, that event and its timing in the band’s history nearly led to their demise. Yet here they are, one makeover later, with a batch of ’60s-inspired psychedelic-pop songs that conjure that era better than an acid flashback ever could. They wear their influences on their sleeves, literally, check out the album cover, and have traded their warts-and-all rock ‘n’ roll for four-part harmonies and production techniques that are absolutely transporting. Visit The Go’s MySpace page for song samples that span their career and different sounds, and don’t forget this video for
You Go Bangin’ On: