Goose - Bring It On
The crossover between dance and rock music is not a new thing, although lately there have been a number of successful (and quite good) bands that have blurred the lines even further. Goose can be added to that list, and I can safely say this troupe of Belgians have ridden straight into the top five. They've been knocking around for a while now but this debut album will hopefully create the kind of buzz it so blatantly should.
Opener Black Gloves is free of vocals, the band stating their dance leanings from the get-go. The fact that it sounds like Hey Boy Hey Girl-era Chemical Brothers doing dirty things with the Daft Punk robots gives you an even clearer idea of what to expect. However, British Mode kicks into gear and we're in band territory; albeit, a band who combines its rockstar swagger with DJ breakdowns, topped off with a shattering bassline that brings the song's various vocal strands to a rousing climax. Yup, Goose prove with this song that they are genuinely immense! There's a lot of great stuff here: the sexy T-Rex-esque juggernaut of 3T4, the sleazy slower burn of Modern Vision, and the 'mash it up' call-to-arms that is Everybody. However, two other tracks vie with British Mode for the title of 'best track'. Current single Low Mode is an attitude-driven party track that would fulfil its job of getting people dancing in any club across the nation. Guaranteed. Perhaps titular track Bring It On has the slight edge though, immediately shouty and anthemic but developing into an almost industrial-sounding racket complete with a thudding dancefloor beat. It could easily go on to be House of Jealous Lovers 2007, leaving devastation in its wake.
It's a shame then that the final track Safari Beach lets the side down. What begins as an atmospheric come-down fizzles away into nothing, if you don't count the sub-par bonus track Audience that provides the real closure. No worries though, as this album has already produced some of the dance/indie tracks of the year. Let's not linger too much on 'nu-rave' or 'new-rave' (however the heck it's spelt!), but Klaxons have already proved with last month's Myths of the Near Future that the fuss wasn't for nothing. However, Goose don't mess about with literary references and throw in a bit more danceability for your buck. Play this one next to Presets and LCD Soundsystem, and you'll be in for one heck of a house party.