Go March mix Krautrock and motorik to create a hypnotic beast of a track
In all the posts of thisyearinmusic, I think you can count direct quotes form press releases on one hand, but I’m going to throw one out there now, as I want you to experience what I did on receiving an email from a trusted source, about a band “Go March are the best new band to come out of Belgian’s underground scene” the press release states. “Combining sludgy post rock alongside modular electronics and krautrock somewhere between Battles, Mogwai or Harmonia” After reading that how can you not press play, and repeat shortly after?
Sounding like Holy Fuck having a bash at some German Motorik covers, Go March cut a powerful figure, as hypnotic rhythms inter splice with devastating melodies and enough swagger to make Bobbie Gillespie take pointers. Go March say their music is “Tunnel-Vision music” but it’s far more complex than that. Yes there is an element of tunnel vision, as each song progresses that the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter, and you could argue that on each track the members don’t really do a great deal, expect repeat riffs and loops, while mixing it up a bit, until their logical conclusions, but this would be wrong, and undermine their prowess, not only as musicians, but as songwriters. What is clear is that their ear for composition is second to none.
Lighthouse opens with the sound or revving synths, letting us know they’re ready, before a playful Northern Soul-esque loop kicks in, which slowly builds tension, pleasure and ultimately enjoyment until Lighthouse breaks and the true nature of the song is not only unleashed, but realised. As the Lighthouse draws near the end everything gets tighter and more urgent, almost as if their lives depended on getting to the end in one piece.
Go March occupy that world where abstract ideas meets conceptual music, but the results are anything but palpable. Given the strength of Lighthouse and previous single Rise, Go March’s debut album looks set to be a total beast. The only worry is that the songs don’t collapse under their weighty riffs and rhythms. The only downside is that it wasn’t released earlier in the year, because if it had, it would surely have graced many end of year lists! If you are looking for something ephemera, this probably isn’t for you. However of you are looking something that transmuts and figures before your very eyes and ears, then this is definitely for you.