The Go! Team & The Phoenix Foundation – The Lemon Tree – 05/02/11
New Zealanders The Phoenix Foundation take to the stage to a quickly filling up Lemon Tree which incidentally must have ended up with a near capacity crowd tonight. They start off slowly and I’m wondering if this is `it` but as they get into their set their style becomes much more prominent and at times uptempo, with the best tracks were (in my opinion) Bruiser and Buffalo. Great instrumentation throughout though and I regretted not buying their cd on the night to listen to on the way home. Go check ’em out (a link to their site’s at the bottom of this page). They finished to warm applause which was well deserved.
A thirty minute or so break and its time for The Go! Team to get the crowd on their dancing toes from the off. Dipping in and out of old and new material singer Ninja does her best to create a dancey, bouncy atmosphere. I’m going to generalise and try and create a picture of just what The Go! Team are like on stage as opposed to listing song after song. Six members, all seem to alternate instruments and even drummer Chi and Kaori (guitar/keyboards) taking their turn of the main vocals. It’s a busy stage with plenty to watch going on and you can’t help being transfixed at times by Ninja’s infectious enthusiasm. I hear bits of reggae in there, some pure pop music too I guess, but I think its mostly based on the strength of their hip hop influence. To be critical I felt a couple of the numbers were a bit samey for me, and a couple seemed to be well suited for an exercise dvd, having said that it’s probably excellent music for the gym!
The dynamic slowed a little perhaps when Chi took her place with the mic but I thought it was a well-timed break from the god damn foot tapping body swaying frenzy that The Go! Team onstage shift is and it showed they can diversify when they need to .It’s a really enjoyable ninety minutes or so and I really hope they come back to Aberdeen soon. Still Burning.
The Phoenix Foundation
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