This duo know how to start a crowd dancing, keep their bodies shaking and then do it all over again with some remixes. They produce, sing and compose - a review on the US based band Go Periscope. An electro rock band who make music with robots! Given that we review quite a few talented musicians, it is very rare for me to want to run out and purchase an album as soon as I hear the tracks. It is however, very refreshing to know that there is still music out there that can persuade even the most difficult to please individuals (such as me), to want to do just that.
Under the genre of alternative dance and electronic indie rock, Seattle based Go Periscope consist of two members Florin Merano (Vocals, Keyboards, Producer) and Joshua Frazier (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Producer). They have a sound that has yet to be replicated in the UK. It is a bouncing hip hop, lively, catchy yet polished beat that genuinely puts a smile on your face. At the same time, when a person with my point of view hears such high spirited music such as this, it is not difficult to write about it, as you don't have to worry about being constructive or force yourself to think of positive things to say, it just flows.
Completely different from the indie serene and low melodies that appear so often at British gigs, even though these two gentlemen have the look to be part of one of our dignified if not demure sounding bands in comparison, when their music plays it is exhilarating, it is electric, overall I can visualise one of their gigs being really exciting.
From their website we find that over the past couple of years they have been going through 'a coming of age experience'. Due to the recent growth in popularity of electronica indie-rock music, the band found themselves in high demand to provide remixes, live performances and productions, and this seems to be a successful niche for them.
"Wasted Youth" is their latest 8 track album and Go Periscope state on their website that it is recommended for fans of Morgan Page, M83 and Foster the People, but I think if you like LMAO (in the UK) or Dan Deacon (who I saw at a gig recently - he was fantastic), then this will be your sort of music too. If you like dancing, and letting your hair down then this compilation is definitely for you.
Concentrating on one of their more popular tracks in particular "Burning Out the Sun" (the official video is below), this is a 'feel-good' track that gives a lot of presence but at the same time has a soft tone. The quality and sharpness is not compromised in this track given that the complexity of the backing music is full. This I find to be typical with all of the tracks I have listened too, overall they seem to manage a brilliant contrast. Accompanying the instrumental are strong vocals, that do not overpower the backing music again, but instead highlights the different ranges their voices can reach.
This duo were brought to my attention when I was promoting one of our articles of Avery Watts, and I am glad they did as I will definitely be purchasing some of their tracks very soon.
Go Periscope have been featured on MTV Music, Alternative Press, and recently in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 16 unsigned bands. Check these guys out at their website www.goperiscope.net or on Twitter @goperiscope.
"Wasted Youth" is available on iTunes now.