Live: The Go! Team / Memorials

The Waterfront, Norwich February 8, 2024

by Daisy-Jude Pizey

While our eyes may shift to the jam-packed merchandise stall, that’s not why we’re here. Beyond the patterned T-shirts, the dimly lit stage presents Memorials, with their kaleidoscopic combination of psychedelic, live-looping and instrumental pieces creating the ultimate lucid dreamcore music.

The soothing notes almost hypnotise, but this jumps swiftly to the other extreme with experimental chaos taking over every inch of your body. With the vibrations from the slamming of keys on a keyboard, it’s impossible to not feel transported.

Memorials are hypnotising (Picture: Jason MacDonald)
Memorials are hypnotising (Picture: Jason MacDonald)

Verity Susman and Matthew Simms make music beyond any single genre. With elements of jazz, drum and bass, and punk, there’s no telling where the next song will take you.

With the set focusing predominantly on their latest album, Music for Film: Tramps!, Pt.2, the stand-out song tonight is Do You Want a Home?

Memorials take over every inch of your body (Picture: Jason MacDonald)
Memorials take over every inch of your body (Picture: Jason MacDonald)

But don’t let experimentalism fool you – there’s a little bit for everyone here.

During the break the crew frantically run around, assembling the stage for The Go! Team.

It's like being transported back two decades (Picture: Jason MacDonald)
It’s like being transported back two decades (Picture: Jason MacDonald)

The playground-core band are here to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of their first album, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, and the night is filled with nostalgia as well as upbeat funk.

It’s mostly driven along by one of the main singers, Ninja (Nkechi Ka Egenamba), and the other members of the band dance and jump around her as she grabs the spotlight.

The Go! Team deliver a night of nostalgia (Picture: Jason MacDonald)
The Go! Team deliver a night of nostalgia (Picture: Jason MacDonald)

Ladyflash merges dream pop with funk and creates a brilliant let-your-hair-down dancing anthem to kickstart the year with.

With all the basketball shorts and football tops, it feels like we’re back in the early noughties in the band’s native Brighton.

The Go! Team: Upbeat funk (Picture: Jason MacDonald)
The Go! Team: Upbeat funk (Picture: Jason MacDonald)

Ninja tries to let us choose the setlist, but it doesn’t quite go to plan… “What’s next?” only creates the response of “Whatever you want, baby”.

The Go! Team got a huge boost when Get It Together from their first album was used in the PS3 game LittleBigPlanet, and hearing it live adds a further touch of nostalgia for those who played this game.

It's 20 years since Thunder, Lightning, Strike (Picture: Jason MacDonald)
It’s 20 years since Thunder, Lightning, Strike (Picture: Jason MacDonald)

Bottle Rocket is another standout song – its chaotic combination of playground-core, Ninja’s rapping and trumpets create something brilliant.

One of the moments of the night, it’s the kind of song that you can’t help but listen to again during the taxi ride home…

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