The Go! Team, 'Proof of Youth' Hailing from Brighton, England, this second album is…
- Posted on Nov 18th 2010 4:00PM by Mike Ayers
"I have a love-hate relationship with pop music," Go! Team's mastermind Ian Parton tells Spinner. "I'm obsessed with melody and catchiness, but I'm not interested in chart-topping aspirations, just having a good feel about something. When a song's too poppy, I feel slightly guilty. I try to put some sort of barrier around it that says, 'We're not trying to be a pop band.'"
For 'Rolling Blackouts,' Parton says he began the recording process by spending his days listening to samples of records. "Hoarding ideas, really," he says. "Storing all my favorite bits then filtering it down. It's not like it's just picking up an acoustic and writing a song. It's a drawn-out affair."
While the new songs retain certain elements of the band's earlier work, Parton also experimented with a new style. "Some of the songs have a pure, '60s jangly, almost Strawberry Alarm Clock/Byrds feel to them," Parton says. "I was trying to make it genuinely eclectic but without consciously [doing] so. I'm generally torn every day about what my favorite type of music is. ['Rolling Blackouts'] reflects that -- getting torn between all these different things.