Go Time drops new CD
4 member Chicago based band “Go Time” just dropped their latest 19 track CD entitled “Ratsel” in 2015. Band consists of: GO TIME! is comprised of former Prairie Town members Scott Niekelski (composer/lead guitar/vocals), Marko Marketti (bass) and Steve Grzenia (percussion).
Deeply submerged in amped up jangle and buzz, along with a healthy dose of subtle pop riffs and stream-of-consciousness transitions GO TIME recorded in their home studio for Sound Gypsy Records and Mike Hagler at King Size Sound Labs mastered the CD. Mike is known for mixing and mastering bands such as Wilco, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, The Redwalls, John Langford, The Mekons, Billy Bragg, Ezra Furman and Caliphone, just to name a few.
Straight away I discovered Go Time to have a powerful yet sensational, eccentric sound. I really like the way things kick off. Immediately with Track 1 “The Secrets.” It delivers really raw psychedelic guitars and overall grunge sound with some compelling vocals, tripped out writing style and superfluous melodic touches that really bring the song home. Right away I can hear bands like The Vines, Velvet Underground, The Hives, Klaxons, The Subways and even The Killers. Track 2 and 3 “Destroy In Field” and “Demand” really give you the impression as if you’re listening to a 70’s band with a more modern-day hard rock twist. The musical flow of both tracks are eccentric, bold and will push you hard. Not just musically but also lyrically. I get the impression these 4 are real risk takers with their music. Despite this they manage to somehow stay within the fairway of marketability but definitely push boundaries. These are compliments by the way. The musicianship follows down the same path offering up much in the way of a 4 piece rock band.
Built on frenzious, harmonic notes that are plucked from the heavens. As the passionate provocative narrative unfolded I was blown away. Telling ordinary tales of extraordinary things, go Time connects us to the universal power and emotional rawness of love, loss, favor and fury. The result is potent and mesmerizing. Heavy. Beautiful. Playing – Go Time unleash their cosmic fury and will induce the same in their audience.
From beginning to end this “Ratsel” CD keeps the same party mood while maintaining a mysterious funked-out hard rock feel. As for Niekelski vocally he delivers emotionally invigorating performance that will remind you of a modern day Michael Stipe or even Tom Waits on steroids. His high pitch, vocals blends with the great guitar riffs and musical ambience well.
In conclusion, this is one 19 Track CD package that will bring back memories of a not so distant age where good rock music rocked the airwaves and possessed a more simplistic feel. All the while inspiring people with amazing artistic energy to get people thinking, singing, dancing and even helped them start a revolution. To me Go Time is hard, heavy, rock and roll, re-imagined and reinvigorated. It’s go time!
– Justin Biggs. Approved by Cyrus Rhodes.