Sound Advice: Borders by Green Go
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Sound Advice: Borders by Green Go

Every Tuesday, Torontoist scours record store shelves in search of the city’s most notable new releases and brings you the best—or sometimes just the biggest—of what we’ve heard in Sound Advice.
When a band gets their start not by releasing their own material, but by remixing Toronto favourites such as The D’Urbervilles, Gentlemen Reg, and the Rural Alberta Advantage, the weight of expectation can be heavy. Borders, out today on Pheromone Recordings, is the debut full-length for Toronto/Guelph spaz quintet Green Go where indie rock meets electronica in the dark, and fight (dance?) to the death.
Avoiding any electro-pop booby traps, Green Go embrace all of the fun and none of the surrounding genre risks of coming off as too serious or as overly ironic. Instead, they recall the novelty of defunct, glee-filled Scottish darlings Bis (“Brains For Breakfast”), and employ the always-appealing girl-guy sing-shout dynamic. It’s unfortunate that the female half of the vocal duo, Jess Tollefsen, doesn’t use her actual singing voice more; on “Fool Me Once,” the floor is hers, and she fills it with an arrestingly clear, controlled performance before the drums come in with their very best Clem Burke, pulling the song back from the brink of a typically ethereal jam to nowheresville. The drumming, courtesy of Mark Andrade and Adam Scott, really is Borders‘ gatekeeper, minding all musical gaps and consistently keeping the energy as air-tight as manufactured beats, but with the added bonus of being a real live kit.
Save your cynicism for the superficial; one listen to Borders proves that Green Go aren’t in it for the scene. Observe the house-party vetted mayhem for yourself at the CD-release show on Thursday, April 30, at Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West).

CORRECTION: APRIL 29, 2009 This article originally said that Borders was “out…on MapleMusic,” when, in fact, the album is distributed through the Pheromone Recordings label (MapleMusic is selling it through their online store, but that’s it).