Released 30.09.2013 by Mermaid Records
It all started three years ago when the boys started playing together, which is actually pretty unbelievable when you see their tour plan this year. The tour plan itself makes you stressed! They’ve literally played almost every day! From Skive Festival over prestigious Roskilde Festival and Reeperbahn festival in Germany. Many positive things have been said about these local guys. In no time they have created a huge fan-base and sure – they have something special running in their veins. Whether it is talent or coolness have been hard to place, but after listening to their debut record its pretty easy. They have both things running, and it’s running pretty fast!
Of course there is both pros and cons about this album, but after all the balance tilt towards the positive things. They heavily surpasses the cons! From an unnecessary intro-enterlude to several power demonstrations of dimensions. Its obvious that the boys find their inspiration in the sixties both in tunes, guitar effects and fashion, that’s not a bad thing at all. From second track, the first official track “On The Run” you are brought back to the sixties, and you know what? – Its both a nice weather and pretty cozy in that atmosphere.
Robert Browning would be proud!
They’ve managed to capture the rock ‘n’ roll feeling from the sixties until today and it’s definitely not without reason that they’ve played live all summer long. Every song screams for a live performance reaching the top with “Shoot The Night“, “Raise Your Head“, “Gimme Your“, “You You You” and “Bad“. As you probably notice, I almost just mention every track on the album, which also shows how these boys have potential and talent. The lyrics are generally simple but as Robert Browning stated in his phrase from 1855 Less Is More! Robert Browning would be proud, but most important, he would love this debut album.
A thing i then don’t get is their choice of official singles. First they released “Raise Your Head” and what a awesome track, but then only days before release they released “Castles Made Of Sand“. This second release actually doesn’t show as much of the debut album as another choice would have been able to. With that said it’s a great track, but as i see it Go Go Berlin’s forces lay in the fact that Christian Vium can sing rock ‘n’ roll-like as if the front-cover wildcat was eating directly from his leg. “Castles Made Of Sand” doesn’t show that.
“With that said it’s a great track, but as i see it Go Go Berlin’s forces lay in the fact that Christian Vium can sing rock ‘n’ roll like the front-cover wildcat was eating directly from his leg.”
I previously heard the boys state in an interview from Roskilde Festival that they hoped the listeners would feel they was not able to take off their headphones after pressing play. That the listeners would experience the story of the songs Go Go Berlin wanted to show. I couldn’t have said it in a better way – they’ve achieved their goal. At least I’m not able to stop it midway.
It shall be no secret that their is not one single genre which can describe their sound across the album. Some tracks include pop-elements, other tracks show classic rock ‘n’ roll elements. At first catch it made me confused, a confusion which was included in several rounds, but after a while i found my self enjoying the diversity. The downside is of course that it will be really hard for Go Go Berlin to create a consistent fan base in the future if they don’t take one road. Take a chance. On this debut record it will work for some people while other will find it odd and irritating, whether you want to put on the album when your eating pizza before a night out or sitting in a dark room listening as the only thing on mind. In my opinion even though it will work out for some people, the quite and sentimental side of Go Go Berlin isn’t my cup of tea. As mentioned above, Go Go Berlin should only focus on their new version of old school guitar-driven rock.
I hope they have the ability and courage to take the walk down only one single road and genre in the future, but until then – this album is filled with potential and talent. Unfortunately the mix of genres create both forces and disadvantages. You end up with the feeling that the boys want to show you as much as possible, which they don’t need. I don’t want to imagine where their ability to perform will bring them in near future, but there future could very well be brighter than the sun!