Post-rockers Go March drop an album on Yokozuna. The Brighton-based band (all the clever-clogs music seems to come from Brighton doesn’t it) do that slightly groovy, slightly techno-y, slightly menacing instrumental rock thing that Errors and Vessels have become so good at down the years. II is - who’d have thought? - their sophomore LP.
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There’s this old saying you might have heard. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. And Go March certainly ain’t broke. In the same way your more conventional bands have stuck with verse-chorus-verse since time immemorial, there’s a reason instrumental post-rockers tend to lean on a steady build-up leading to a climax. It just works. It’s exciting, it thrills.
So that should be your main expectation going into Go March’s second album, 'II' (though i reckon they should’ve gone for March Again, but what do I know). These are tracks that start quiet, sparse and slow, and end up loud, busy and fast. In terms of palette, Go March recall the electronic heavy stylings of 65daysofstatic and Battles. This combined with the structure of that songs makes for some quite powerful sci-fi imagery. It’s all sleek and modern, and the rate at which everything accelerates makes it feel as though you’re listening to the very essence of technology improving exponentially. On ‘Morris More’ staccato guitars are pitched against pinging synthesizers to create a kind of parallax effect invoking speed.
‘Zabriskie’ opens with four minutes of ambience before the drums join in, ramping up to its close in the space of less than three. And it’s the drums that so often shine on II. The whole band are incredibly tight and comfortable playing with rhythm, but it’s the drums that give everything that propulsion and impact necessary to remain mobile.
All that said I would love for Go March to play with structure a bit more, they clearly have the chops to. And as easy as it might be to not fix what ain’t broken, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
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