Back in 1999, before Napster blew up, there was still a lot of great music on the internet. Sites like listen.com aggregated a bunch legit downloads (including mp3s, Liquid Audio files, etc.) from across the web, and that’s probably where I first came across the Go. Their song, “It Might Be Bad,” was a free download.
I probably read that they were a garage rock band from Detroit, and that Sub Pop was attempting to branch out beyond grunge, so I check out the song, liked it, and later picked up the album, Whatcha Doin’. That’s how we rolled back before myspace.
These days, the Go is mostly known as the band that Jack White played guitar with for a little while. But they’ve always been more than that. Main man Bobby Harlow knows what he’s doing, and while some people might blow him off as too retro, they’d be missing the fact that the Go makes great American psychedelic rock and roll, and they make it look simple. If you’ve heard The Weirdness, you’ll know this is no easy task; even the guy who invented this shit can’t get it right anymore. The Go, however, can and does.
The Go – “Invisible Friends”
Aug 21 2007 – Knitting Factory Hollywood, California
Aug 23 2007 – Dive Bar Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug 24 2007 – TBA Phoenix, Arizona
Aug 25 2007 – Vaudeville Cabaret Tucson, Arizona
Aug 26 2007 – Beerland Austin, Texas
Aug 27 2007 – Rudyards Houston, Texas
Aug 28 2007 – Saturn Bar New Orleans, Louisiana
Aug 30 2007 – The End Nashville, Tennessee
Aug 31 2007 – Comet Bar Cincinatti, Ohio
Locking themselves in a cellar with five tape machines and an endless well of creativity, the band turned the controls over to lead singer Bobby Harlow to capture their trademark gritty low-fi sound for the album. The result is a spirited collection of unforgettable songs swarming with infectious melodies and urgent vocals that would raise even Brian Eno’s eyebrow.
Born in the rock mecca of Detroit, The GO’s Harlow, John Krautner (guitar), Marc Fellis (drums), Dave Buick (bass) and former band mate Jack White (guitar) crashed face-first into the garage scene with the release of their debut Whatcha Doin’ (Sub Pop). The album immediately catapulted them into the hearts of music aficionados the world over. After the departure of Jack White, Dave Buick and several other guitar players, James McConnell joined the lineup. Subsequent tours with The White Stripes, Mooney Suzuki and Guided By Voices have amassed the band critical acclaim and new fans with each performance.
Though their line-up and hairdos may have changed since they started playing music, it’s safe to say that The GO have caught the public’s attention as only a bright and captivatingly eclectic band really can.
Alternative Press has exclaimed, “The musicianship and songwriting are top-notch,” while Magnet predicted, “When it finally happens it’ll go something like this: The GO will plunge a syringe full of gasoline into rock’s draggin ass and peel outta Motor City at 100mph, leaving only a cloud of exhaust and the stench of burning rubber in its wake…It’ll be one hell-bound gypsy cab, and you’ll be sorry you didn’t hitch a ride sooner.”
Give Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride a spin and immerse yourself in pure, unadulterated, thrilling rock and roll.
Thanks to Cara for giving us permission to share the “Invisible Friends” mp3.