CD REVIEW: Go Robot Go - Good Vibes in Fashion Swimwear
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist/Band: Go Robot, Go
Album: Good Vibes in Fashion Swimwear
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock, Dance, Punk
Technical Grade: 7/10
Weakness: More vocal risk-taking , More solo segments, a few winded songs
Go Robot, Go (Dave, Neal, Josh, Jill) is an interesting Avant-Garde band/project based out of Columbus, Ohio. Go Robot, Go has been around for a while but is back to trim the hedges and cut the grass of the musical landscape… and suck just a little less. The new record “Good Vibes in Fashion Swimwear” currently in analog and digital distribution now.
The CD gently takes to flight with rocking intro piece “My Brain is in Space”. This song serves up infectious rocked out guitars painted against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic lyrical content and driving rock rhythm that quickly leads you by the hand down the path of psychedelic musical indulgence. Track 2 “Peas in a Pod” keeps things rocking with its cut to the chase intro, psychedelic spaced out groove, impressive keyboard/guitar touches and accents painted against a grand mosaic of vivid sound. The dance-laden musical flow of this piece brilliantly moves like an ocean across the ears. Track 3 “Surfin’ Queen” is an impressive piece that has an amazing methodical intro, heartfelt vocals painte against tasty guitar chops, and musical peaks and valleys that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. All in all one of my favorite pieces on the CD. This piece is remarkably thick to the ears as well with its Alternative Rock touches and hypnotic vibe. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Bloodhound Gang, Cake, Dinosaur Jr. Modest Mouse and even Flaming Lips. I would classify this music as Punk, Alternative Rock with an out of control Indie College dance Rock flair. Personally I see these guys as a more modern day combination of Weezer, The Cars and XTC. I can also hear experimental type music with classic remnants of 70’s disco rock, 80’s British invasion Punk glory days. The CD presents brilliant flashes of dance heavy theatrics, a rocked out ambience and all things rock n’ roll attitude related. You will also notice rich layers of instrumentation layered along the way full of dynamics, guitars, keyboards and synthesizer, infections moog, sonic ambience, well placed harmonies, thick as a brick low end rhythm section, exotic sound effects and enticing melodies. The band showcase some impressive singing with solid melody. GRG have clearly proves themselves with this latest release. All engineering aspects check out. CD possess thick low end frequencies and crystal clear high end clarity. They all possess solid musical instincts. During my initial research I discovered this band is quite the hot topic live out in Columbus. Playing live, GRG dishes out a cosmic fury and induces the same in their audience. It’s hard, it’s heavy, it’s rock and roll, re-imagined and reinvigorated. From hypnotic “In My Pool” to hooky ‘The Foxy Girls” to infectious “My Life in a 50’s Cult” to rocking “That’s Some Robot” (radiant Action) this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “Good Vibes in Fashion Swimwear (When Were Gone)” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
Vocally – I wish there was more risk-taking going on – especially during some of the musical finales. This band plays it too safe in this department and needs to spike the punch and take it up a notch vocally and let it all hang out more like The White Stripes, The Toadies, and Nirvana. I also wish there were more solo segments throughout the CD. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
Go Robot Go’s latest rrelease Good Vibes in Fashion Swimwear is what modern-day rock is supposed to be all about. This band is just a blast to listen to and pretty much lets it all hang out and as a result rock the house. Its strong suit is its amazing mojo sonic ambience and song for song musical flow. These guys get high marks from me for their overall mojo and attitude vocally but are never to over the top about anything. What's also impressive is the brilliant cutting edge signature sound this band brings to the table. Rock n' Roll is really about pushing envelopes or boundaries. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out want that with a flowing trippy and thick rocked out dance ambience to fill their sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the party takes you. So if you’re looking for a psychedelic musical experience with a psychedelic rocked out attitude, then I highly recommend you take a listen to the latest CD from Go Robot, Go right away – it delivers everything the tile implies, and more.