Guelph’s Green Go are setting up for a big year. With a full length coming soon – April I believe, the fresh faced band is already getting CBC3 love and their 3-song teaser got some big press from the Toronto Star and Chart Attack. That’s all well and good, but I think it’s their remix project that’s going to grab the spotlight for them. They’ve taken 5 of the biggest indie rock outfits in Canada – The D’Ubervilles, Women, The Rural Albertage Advantage, Born Ruffians and Gentlemen Reg – and reworked a song from each. While that sounds like something any electro/syth project could do, I have to tip my cap to the band for the effort.
Green Go makes sure to hold true to the core of the songs and the remixes pay tribute to the composers. The RAA is blowing up these days, and I love how they work with the already terrific song – they leave Paul Banwatt’s drums alone on Sleep All Day – but still are able to transform the composition. Nils’ vocals, normally the center point – are left low in the mix and a nice beat pulses and pushes the normally sleepy pace.
They do a terrific job reworking Women’s Black Rice, keeping the spastic noise rock feel the Alberta band unearthed, but they make the track crack with the crisp snap of the new beat to give you something else to think about. You can really tell that Green Go thought about the output, because the haze they add really meshes with the sounds you’d expect to come form the Women camp. They didn’t just throw in some synths and turn the drum machine up to 120 BPM.
I also love how they show the critics that they are more than just a party band. The D’Ubes don’t need anyone’s help getting the dance floor shaking, but the darkness they created on Dragnet really stood out for me. Instead of changing the terrific mood the D’Ubes set on the original, Green Go actually keeps it stripped down and use restraint to intensify the track. The kick drum beat grabs a hold of you and even as they slowly add the elements to the mix, you still feel grounded.
I’m not really a remix guy, but I was very impressed by this collection of tracks. They made me remember the original but offered up a fresh take on songs I already dig, without feeling the need to stray to far from the original. They show how versatile the Guelph natives can be and got me a chomping at the bit to see what they will do with their own tracks.