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Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
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Tight Like Wood

“the invisible film maker"
August 1, 2013 by Kim Yetch
The amount of completely useless drivel that tests the molecular structure of one's mettle these days, not to mention the fact that we are on camera everywhere we go, makes me want to go sit under a tree in the woods. Yes I would still probably be on camera but I wouldn't have to accidentally hear the latest "modern country" (which is really Bon Jovi with a fiddle) or the newest 20 "shirtless melodic metalcore" bands. Not that it infuriates me, it doesn't. I find it all very, very dull. Sit down and do nothing dull. Don't even want to bother picking my nose dull. Too dull to fall asleep dull. The current state of music, both popular and indie, only makes life more tedious. Then, one day, you discover a new band (Well, new to you because they actually have four releases and you realize that you are the doofus for being out of the loop) and this band excites you. They sound like Jay Farrar fronting The Lime Spiders. They sound like R.E.M. if led by Jonathan Richman. They sound like Nick Lowe writing songs for the Smithereens. This, however, is all minutiae. The real test is in the emotional release a recording can bring about. So now, 2 paragraphs later (specifically for all of you dorky bean counters out there), I'd like to give you my review of Go TIME! "tight like wood" Go Time makes me want to smash my stereo with a baseball bat and set my apartment on fire!

The Muses Muse
July 31, 2013 by Cyrus Rhodes
The CD kicks off with "The Lines Were Blurred” a rocked out kick-off statement delivering a heartfelt ditty that serves up steady rock beat reminiscent of vintage R.E.M complete with driven guitars, driving rock rhythm, impressive solo guitar and hard hitting message. Track 2 “Writer or Slut” keeps things moving with it’s aggressive rock groove, no holds barred vocal attack from Niekelski coupled and impressive melodic ambience and striking message. There’s one line from this song I like “There are so many Critics out there”. Track 3 “Simpler Times” keeps things moving with its rock steady feel, impressive rhythem guitar coupled with impressive vocals against a grand slam chorus that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Smithereens, R.E.M. Tom Petty, to The Byrds and The Ramones. The actual musical format is very intimate, and up close: a personal snapshot of a band. The songs themselves are very naked and personal with messages revealing the highs and lows of life, love, passion and do I dare say life’s observations. Overall the catalogue is upbeat, methodical, providing a brilliant perspective on life. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice brief splashes of Classic Rock and Jam Band overtones, well placed rhythm and solo guitar, Keyboards, Electronic Piano, Organ, and lush harmonies layered everywhere all built upon a thick as a brick rhythmic foundation. Lyrical content is extremely revealing and thought provoking. All songs cut deep to the core and its obvious Niekelski and company are also very capable songwriters. From rocking “In a Certain Mood” and Sorry Someday” to heartfelt “The Life We Once Had” melodic “See Alice” to full throttle “Dead and Gone” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 16 “Jealous Dance” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber. In the end the strong suit of "Go Time" is their strong consistency, lyrical wisdom, bold passion and raw straightforwardness. Make no bones about it folks; it took raw courage and honesty to write and perform these songs. What I like most about "Go Time" is there is no attempt to hide how they feel, or sugarcoat the truth. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that has the courage to show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Go Time is one of those artists/bands. http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev

Broken Hearted Toy
May 14, 2013
It’s not surprising to find Go Time! pursuing a melodic sound that bridges the gap between hard rock and power pop on its latest release. The Chicago-based quartet has done well with that approach on its previous CDs, Hit It and Boneshaker. Lead vocalist-guitarist Scott Niekelski retains his distinctive, talky delivery on the 16-track Tight Like Wood, but the music is definitely more complex, with Go Time! infusing the energetic arrangements with more nuances and dimensions while Niekelski hones his songwriting skills.
The immediately engaging “The Life We Once Knew” is a prime example, with its masterful blend of acoustic and electric guitars. On “Days Of The Weak,” Go Time! builds a big sound with guitars and keyboards, while the mid-tempo “Thought You’d See” evokes R.E.M., with an additional touch of Co - Go Time


Tight Like Wood

“the invisible film maker"
August 1, 2013 by Kim Yetch
The amount of completely useless drivel that tests the molecular structure of one's mettle these days, not to mention the fact that we are on camera everywhere we go, makes me want to go sit under a tree in the woods. Yes I would still probably be on camera but I wouldn't have to accidentally hear the latest "modern country" (which is really Bon Jovi with a fiddle) or the newest 20 "shirtless melodic metalcore" bands. Not that it infuriates me, it doesn't. I find it all very, very dull. Sit down and do nothing dull. Don't even want to bother picking my nose dull. Too dull to fall asleep dull. The current state of music, both popular and indie, only makes life more tedious. Then, one day, you discover a new band (Well, new to you because they actually have four releases and you realize that you are the doofus for being out of the loop) and this band excites you. They sound like Jay Farrar fronting The Lime Spiders. They sound like R.E.M. if led by Jonathan Richman. They sound like Nick Lowe writing songs for the Smithereens. This, however, is all minutiae. The real test is in the emotional release a recording can bring about. So now, 2 paragraphs later (specifically for all of you dorky bean counters out there), I'd like to give you my review of Go TIME! "tight like wood" Go Time makes me want to smash my stereo with a baseball bat and set my apartment on fire!

The Muses Muse
July 31, 2013 by Cyrus Rhodes
The CD kicks off with "The Lines Were Blurred” a rocked out kick-off statement delivering a heartfelt ditty that serves up steady rock beat reminiscent of vintage R.E.M complete with driven guitars, driving rock rhythm, impressive solo guitar and hard hitting message. Track 2 “Writer or Slut” keeps things moving with it’s aggressive rock groove, no holds barred vocal attack from Niekelski coupled and impressive melodic ambience and striking message. There’s one line from this song I like “There are so many Critics out there”. Track 3 “Simpler Times” keeps things moving with its rock steady feel, impressive rhythem guitar coupled with impressive vocals against a grand slam chorus that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Smithereens, R.E.M. Tom Petty, to The Byrds and The Ramones. The actual musical format is very intimate, and up close: a personal snapshot of a band. The songs themselves are very naked and personal with messages revealing the highs and lows of life, love, passion and do I dare say life’s observations. Overall the catalogue is upbeat, methodical, providing a brilliant perspective on life. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice brief splashes of Classic Rock and Jam Band overtones, well placed rhythm and solo guitar, Keyboards, Electronic Piano, Organ, and lush harmonies layered everywhere all built upon a thick as a brick rhythmic foundation. Lyrical content is extremely revealing and thought provoking. All songs cut deep to the core and its obvious Niekelski and company are also very capable songwriters. From rocking “In a Certain Mood” and Sorry Someday” to heartfelt “The Life We Once Had” melodic “See Alice” to full throttle “Dead and Gone” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 16 “Jealous Dance” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber. In the end the strong suit of "Go Time" is their strong consistency, lyrical wisdom, bold passion and raw straightforwardness. Make no bones about it folks; it took raw courage and honesty to write and perform these songs. What I like most about "Go Time" is there is no attempt to hide how they feel, or sugarcoat the truth. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that has the courage to show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Go Time is one of those artists/bands. http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev

Broken Hearted Toy
May 14, 2013
It’s not surprising to find Go Time! pursuing a melodic sound that bridges the gap between hard rock and power pop on its latest release. The Chicago-based quartet has done well with that approach on its previous CDs, Hit It and Boneshaker. Lead vocalist-guitarist Scott Niekelski retains his distinctive, talky delivery on the 16-track Tight Like Wood, but the music is definitely more complex, with Go Time! infusing the energetic arrangements with more nuances and dimensions while Niekelski hones his songwriting skills.
The immediately engaging “The Life We Once Knew” is a prime example, with its masterful blend of acoustic and electric guitars. On “Days Of The Weak,” Go Time! builds a big sound with guitars and keyboards, while the mid-tempo “Thought You’d See” evokes R.E.M., with an additional touch of Co - Go Time


Americana U.K.
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Go Time! “Speak” (Independent, 2009)


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Go Time! are four fresh fellows from Chicago who have produced an album chockfull of energetic songs embracing a power pop idiom with more than a nod to the grungier end of that style.

The ghosts of bands such as The Flamin’ Groovies and Australia’s The Scientists hover about as Go Time! thrash around. There are also intimations of the punkier side of the great Long Ryders and, at times, the Drive By Truckers. The guitars are upfront, slashing away while Scott Niekelski’s vocals fit the music perfectly. “Just Don’t Know Why” is almost a text book exercise in how to build up a great song, excellent guitar solos, & driving rhythm… That said there is no denying the quality of Scott Niekelski’s writing or the verve with which the band approach the songs.

There are several other songs here such as “Too Far Gone” and the opener “You Know” that sound fabulous. Someone should give them a wad of money to go and re-record the album. In the meantime It’s well worth a listen especially if you have a place in your heart for all of those bands in the eighties who recorded for New Rose Records and kept a punk/garage/americana sensibility alive.
- Americana U.K.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The Essential Music Review
Go Time! - Speak

A friend of mine gave me this CD to listen to. I checked out their my space to see what was going on here.
They are a Chicago band. They are bringing some life back to rock. It is a mixture of all the things that I like (the Pixies, Big Star, The Replacements, Husker Du). Very recognizable parts of many different kinds of music. Mind you that they takes all these things and blend them into a new sound that invites the listener in (or it did me).
I read reviews of this album posted on their my space. The reviews were spot on – everything had a great hook – and a way to keep me into the album. I could see myself listening to this album again for sure. I found that they have received a lot of great reviews and radio, but are still flying under the radar.
Songs like Broken Retro fit are catchy from beginning to end. Cost has a feel of the early 60’s. Hey Day starts out vibey and switches to a pop punk attack. There are moments of Americana as well. This band seems to take all I like and mix it up into one big package without being a copy of other artists. It is as if they were experimenting and made the perfect rock and roll monster.
There is a lo fi quality of the record – but I think it pays homage to the lo fi alternative movement as started by Guided by Voices. The band is tight – and the production gives an endearing live quality to the record.
- The Essential Music Review


Earl Clifton Radio
Episode 10 of 2009
Podcast ID ECR-10-2009
Go Time! - "Rust to Rust" these guys sent out a disc and I've got to say they grow on you like grass being well watered during the summer, great garage rock sounds!
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gotime
- Earl Clifton Radio Show


Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Go Time! - Speak


Speak is a thunderous 14 track rock-fest that shoots straight from the hip, well straight from Chicago actually in the form of four piece Go Time. Officially formed in 2007, though with a new line-up in 2008, Go Time are a group of musical nomads who have come together from various projects dating back almost ten years to produce a fantastic collection of melodic pop, which has more than a hint of retro rock to it. "Wait and See" combines machine gun like drums from Steve Grzenia sublimely with the lead guitar and vocals of Scott Niekelski, whilst "Cost" sounds like it could have been a hit of years gone by with its 60s back beat and whining guitar effects thanks to the guitar of Paul Schmidt and bass of Marko Marketti. For all those who claim that the age of rock and roll is over due to the rise of manufactured groups and boy bands, give Speak a listen, it might just change your opinion.
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The Razor and Di Show
WLUW.org Chicago Illinois
Revolutionary …. The Cheap Trick of the New Millennium!

- The Razor & Di Show


Go Time! — Speak
Sound Gypsy
Caitlin Hotchkiss (CHARTattack)
08/28/2009 11:36am

The rock 'n' roll world is one of those places where the adage "don't judge a book by its cover" (or rather, don't judge an album by its cover art") applies more than most, and a strong case for this would be Chicago quartet Go Time!.
Go Time! inhabit that same classic rock world of a younger Blue Rodeo or even Kim Mitchell. There are no Cookie-it's straight-up blue collar American rock. There's just no sense of pretention or tongue-in-cheek irony.
This is four guys kicking out solid country-rock-ish jams in tracks such as "Just Don't Know Why" and "Cost." Plus, the opening of "Hey Day" actually sounds a hell of a lot like Queens Of The Stone Age, and I mean that in a good way. It's definitely enough to make the casual listener sit up and take notice.

All in all, though, Speak was a rather solid surprise find, and if this album is any indication, Go Time! would probably go over like gangbusters in bars down south. From here on, it's probably best not to judge these guys by their cover.
- Caitlin Hotchkiss


2009, Go Time!

Chicago's Go Time! Go Time!; Speak draws from the same well as fellow Mid-Westerners The Psychodots (aka The Bears); mixing a working-class vocal ethic with mildly crunchy rock tunes you can really dig into.

Speak opens with You Know, a relatively monochromatic rocker with a Lowest Of The Low guitar style and a mildly catchy melody. This is bar rock at its most essential. Rust To Rust - a bit with an edgy guitar opening and a driving rhythm to kick things into high gear. This is an excellent tune, built on a melody you won't be able to shake and a compact, concise arrangement . My Suicide is a high-energy, upbeat song about giving up and walking away; more about change than death, the song is a thoughtful for a rock tune that features some killer guitar work.

Hey Day breaks out the Rockin' Rhythm N Blues in a dark tune that sounds more like the Tragically Hip than anyone else I can think of. Just Don't Know Why, is highly danceable Rock N Roll that will have you up and moving before the intro's done. Cost lays it open with a bit of Guitar/Pop/Punk that's as fun to listen to as I'm sure it is to play. Imagine if the Ramones and The Knickerbockers jammed together; it might sound something like this.

Go Time! is a strong band with great material and a fun and frothy Garage aesthetic. Speak is a fitting debut for a band that's steeped in the past but hasn't forsake the future. The melodies in here - above average, and there's a distinct emphasis on structure (thanks to the rhythm section of Marketti & Grzenia) that allows the band to stay tight. Speak is worth checking out.
- Wildy Haskell


Issue # 47
Go Time Speak -
“Go Time indeed, as in time to go to any bar these moody power poppers are rocking! Great psychedelic-cloud production makes these straight forward pop tunes sound extra awesome."
- Rocktober Magazine Issue 47


Leicesterbangs.com
Carl J 10/12/09
Go Time – Speak (Sound Gypsy Records)
I suspect that Chicago's Go Time are a decent live outfit. They have a collection of well – crafted rock outs available and it will sell well at gigs as a slightly sanitised, rather polite version of what they should be. This CD serves well ... highlights - the harmonies and intricate guitar parts underneath the driving power pop. Highlights include the country pop of “Wait and See”, which has an early REM feel and the throbbing opener “You Know”. This might be one for friends and family but certainly warrants exploration on MySpace – just don't confuse them with The Go Team...
- Carl J - Leicester Bangs . Com


Issue # 47
Go Time Speak -
“Go Time indeed, as in time to go to any bar these moody power poppers are rocking! Great psychedelic-cloud production makes these straight forward pop tunes sound extra awesome."
- Rocktober Magazine Issue 47


Go Time hail from Chicago and their album 'Speak' is a concoction of powerful sounding guitars that mix pop sensibilities with elements of rock and overtones of the best the guitar noise bands from down the years. They have gone for a low-fi sound that allows the energy contained within each song to come across unencumbered by any glossy production values. The arrangements and playing throughout the album is tight and very well executed.

'Rust to Rust' is a great burst of energy with controlled guitar screams underpinning thrashy punky guitar rythmns.'Hey Day' is full of drive that encompasses all the best elements of 60's garage rock and also has suggestions of band such as early 90's Brit noise merchants Ride. 'No Sense to Lend' is a slower paced number, but the guitars still bite like hell, whilst still being melodic and attractive.

Singer Scott Niekelski's vocals sit well over the top of the roaring guitars and has a slightly detached but authoritative tone which just adds to the whole sense of urgency that pervades the album from start to finish, even in their quieter moments.

If you're into bands that just cut to the chase with their songwriting and get on with getting their message across with the minimum of fuss, but without dispensing with the necessary hooks needed to draw you in then 'Speak' will be right up your street. If this is a sign of the start of a trend towards this type of music, then I will be the first in the queue for more of it. Buy it!

- Kevin Wallbank - Psychedelic Central


Go Time hail from Chicago and their album 'Speak' is a concoction of powerful sounding guitars that mix pop sensibilities with elements of rock and overtones of the best the guitar noise bands from down the years. They have gone for a low-fi sound that allows the energy contained within each song to come across unencumbered by any glossy production values. The arrangements and playing throughout the album is tight and very well executed.

'Rust to Rust' is a great burst of energy with controlled guitar screams underpinning thrashy punky guitar rythmns.'Hey Day' is full of drive that encompasses all the best elements of 60's garage rock and also has suggestions of band such as early 90's Brit noise merchants Ride. 'No Sense to Lend' is a slower paced number, but the guitars still bite like hell, whilst still being melodic and attractive.

Singer Scott Niekelski's vocals sit well over the top of the roaring guitars and has a slightly detached but authoritative tone which just adds to the whole sense of urgency that pervades the album from start to finish, even in their quieter moments.

If you're into bands that just cut to the chase with their songwriting and get on with getting their message across with the minimum of fuss, but without dispensing with the necessary hooks needed to draw you in then 'Speak' will be right up your street. If this is a sign of the start of a trend towards this type of music, then I will be the first in the queue for more of it. Buy it!

- Kevin Wallbank - Psychedelic Central


Discography

Speak - 2009
Hit It - 2010
Boneshaker - 2012
Tight Like Wood - 2013

We are on several online sources for radio play.
Feel free to download at our my space:
http://www.myspace.com/gotimeband1

We are also on:
WLUW.org (Razor and Di Shows)
uicradio.org (Dj John Rose)
Lazlos Den
KTOH - 99.9 Kauai
KEAO - 91.5 Mana'o
KNOI - 104.7 Maui
KPMW - 105.5 Hawaii
WWW.BANANA PEEL RADIO.COM
orestoneradio.com
garageband.com
Artist Xite
Amazon
Itunes
http://www.harboroughfm.co.uk Harborough 102.3 Fm in England
www.indie104.com
www.iradiola.com
radiocrystalblue.com
earlcliftonradio.com (The Earl Clifton Show)
Podsafe Music Network
Manifest Media Artists
music.mevio.com/
tradebit.com
www.allmusic.com

September 9, 2013
Vents Magazine by: Heather Savage

“Tight Like Wood” is the latest release from Chicago band Go Time released in 2013. I would describe Go Time as: explosive, darker, denser, more mysterious than most Alt-Rock bands out there right now. Infectious basement band sound with impressive writing, compelling lyrical content and better than average playing. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: The impressive Scott Niekelski knows how to play guitar and the rest of the band Paul Schmidt – Guitar, Steve Grzenia – Drums, Mark Marketti – Bass, delivers rock solid playing like a well-oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Niekelski’s voice hits the mark remarkably well within the context of this catalog. Third: this coupled with an infectious Indie rock sound and impressive songwriting will remind you of XTC, David Bowie, The Wallflowers and Better than Ezra. Go Time is one rock band that has the power and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous and it’s obvious to me Niekelski is the creative genius of this band. There’s also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the overly predictable, forgetful rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let me start by saying there is nothing predictable or forgetful about Go Time. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambiance delivered under duress – but musical space that allows the music to breathe on its own with musical passion that cannot be faked. I can show you thousands of artists that can’t stack up to this band insofar as their songs. Also it almost feels like you’re watching a band play live – and I like that kind of energetic feel and vibe. Equally as impressive is how marketable Go Time really is. Go Time (at least for me) has effectively found the voice for all frustrated Alt-Rock fans out there. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nicely done! This is harder to do than it sounds and can only be a by product of being ones self musically. I’ve always said if you can play it at a party, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable – with a raw sound that is passionate, entertaining, and has musical personality very much like Go Time. Final Word: All 16 tracks of “Tight Like wood” will genuinely rock your world, shake the tree and lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days. No joke!

September 5, 2013
Indie Mad MP3 Radio Network by Clay Burton

Taking power pop to less-travelled latitudes - is Chicago-based band, GO TIME! Members: Scott Niekelski (composer/lead guitar/vocals), Marko Marketti (bass) and Steve Grzenia (percussion). Track 1 “The Lines Were blurred” got my blood pumping. With this album, expect soul-stirring harmonies and at times hypnotic Alternative Rock style. Straight away it’s clear to me these 16 tracks are an imaginative return to humour-laced song writing fused with the better musical touches of today Alternative Rock all with the eccentricity of Singer/Songwriter-Punk. Go Time reminds me of Eddy Grant, Tom Waits, Jon Cale and even a more rockingv version of Violent Femmes. Today’s music has many people feeling of bit of soullessness – how appropriate I get a CD by an artist like Go time. The album begins in hooky fashion with the magnificent ‘The Lines Were Blurred” a brilliant exercise in self-reflection laden with hooky vibe and impressive vocal delivery from Niekelski that transfers well into your own world. The only surprise is that it wasn’t a single, as it is radio friendly of the highest order. ‘Writer or Slut” follows and is a pleasant journey through a College Indie Rock Passion play within Niekelski’s psyche. This track is sure to get some folks fired up to start a musical revolution. Next Track 3 ‘Simpler Times” showcasing this band as a moving and grooving unit with a guitar driven song with amazing chorus. In the end Go Time is a real punch in the arm compared to what’s out there right now. Like I had mentioned earlier “Tight Like Wood” is a real shock to everyday musical system presen

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They play festivals and gigs throughout the year. They have received world wide radio support on terrestrial and internet radio. They have 7 full length releases from 2009 - 2019

Best described as amped up jangle and buzz with a healthy dose of power pop riffs GO TIME recorded in their home studio for Sound Gypsy Records and masters with  Mike Hagler at King Size Sound Labs know for working with bands such as Wilco, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, The Redwalls, & Billy Bragg just to name a few.

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