Go Time

Go Time

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Power Pop that has a hard edge. The new debut album has received some radio play shortly after its release. A mix of The Who, Cheap Trick and various other artists with a contemporary twist.


Taking power pop to less-traveled latitudes - is Chicago-based band, GO TIME!

Members: Scott Niekelski (composer/lead guitar/vocals), Marko Marketti (bass) and Steve Grzenia (percussion).

Scott is a prolific song writer at the front of a powerhouse power pop band. The debut CD, "Speak" was released in May 2009, "Hit It" being released in December 2010, January 2012 “Boneshaker”, and March 2013 "Tight Like Wood".

Deeply submerged in amped up jangle and buzz, along with a healthy dose of subtle pop riffs and stream-of-consciousness transitions GO TIME recorded in their home studio for Sound Gypsy Records and Mike Hagler at King Size Sound Labs mastered the CD. Mike is known for mixing and mastering bands such as Wilco, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, The Redwalls, John Langford, The Mekons, Billy Bragg, Ezra Furman and Caliphone, just to name a few.


Email: gotimeband@gmail.com


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:

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
Artist Xite
http://www.harboroughfm.co.uk Harborough 102.3 Fm in England
earlcliftonradio.com (The Earl Clifton Show)
Podsafe Music Network
Manifest Media Artists

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

Set List

We can play from 1 hour to 3 - we mix the album speak plus originals from a previous band - and popular cover songs.