Ian Parton, founder of The Go! Team, should consider himself very lucky. I read he is pretty much responsible of the music, samplings and stuff, but I don't know what he could have done to pull all that off in concert if he hadn't met Ninja ever.
Live, The Go! Team are really a team, switching instruments and places on stage, but it is Ninja who steals your attention... she is that "!" that makes them The Go! Team and not only The Go Team. When she is not on stage, letting her other two girl band mates to sing, you miss her. When she fakes she has broken her knee, you feel it too and get worried. When she dances ridiculously or not, you follow her... she makes you don't even care you are at the Bowery Ballroom with the cool people and don't feel embarrassed about doing it. I hadn't seen so many hands up in the air there by request of the artist, like ever.
Thunder, Lightning, Strike might be one of the best albums of this 00's and yesterday live, together with their new Proof of Youth, sounded even better. Besides how awesome their sound already is, we enjoyed Ian playing harmonica and Ninja singing all (?) the sampled vocals. This is what the Team played for us:
The Power is On
We Just Won't Be Defeated
Wrath of Marcie
Grip Like a Vice
A Version of Myself
Everyone's a VIP to Someone
Doing it Right
Keys to the City
As you can guess, The Team doesn't play 30 minute sets anymore... this one was at least 1h 20m of pure celebration. I thought I knew how to have fun... [photos of the show]
Were you at the show? How did you like it?
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