"It's all in my mind. So don't be unkind."
Mellowing words from 20 years ago in Love & Rockets Express could just very well be the most unlikely way to explain the soothing sunny calm delivery in what's produced by the sextet from the land of Jack Lord, Magnum, the Ho Brothers and the most famous Brady Bunch episode, Hawaii's Go Jimmy Go. In a different, yet equally chilled out way than famed fellow Hawaiian Jack Johnson, Jason "Bison" Friedmann (lead vocals), Ian Ashley (guitar, vocals), Shon Gregory (drums, vocals), Cameron Wright (bass), Eric White (tenor saxophone) and Fernando Pachecho (trombone), give you a vivid glimpse of the good life that undoubtedly shaped them and their Island Sounds, an instantly liberating luau of 53 blissful minutes.
Placing you happily with your friends under the shining stars high above as the ocean breeze blows lightly on your faces as you all dig your toes into the sand whether sitting or dancing, the good times naturally unfurl with smiles wide, destined to feed your mind, body and soul over and over. "Soul Arrival" kicks off this gathering with its infectious rock steady beat reeling you in as the snappy fills and shared vocals and rumbling bass, peppered by the horn section, you are in the groove. Straight into the bouncing nonsensical fun "Bang The Skillet" that'll have you joining in the background vocals and swaying your hips as the trombone spouts from his trombone. "Na Na" rocks and loops lightly. Basting you in goodness like the food and drink you'd surely enjoy at this party, you'd never give up. Keeping it breezy international, Go Jimmy Go earnestly call out collectively for "Miss Argentina." Hey, chances are good you will see her soon with your good work at hand. "Good To You" brings about a John Belushi Blues Brother moment and any reference to Jake is a very good to thing as this one reflects on a love wholly appreciated, never forgotten just as the pounding plea "Push Me Out." A tip to Herb, their instrumental cocktail "Mai Tai No.9" makes you mingle about, forgetting what you're talking about it. Creating just the opposite from what the title suggests, finale "Pressure House" leaves you with a warm memory of a night well shared and shared LIVE!
Tokyoites, no excuses, you got bookend chances to see and feel the chilled out good vibrations of Go Jimmy Go and their native Hawaiian landscape which help make fellow Hawaiian Jack Johnson as huge as Waimea itself. Well wait just a second. Hawaiian's latest ambassadors to take it easy could very well be visited by JJ as he will play Tokyo a few days later. Coincidence? Nah. Like the legendary waves and sunshine dreamt worldwide, Go Jimmy Go are to be enjoyed by all as reminders to slow down, be cool and just enjoy your surroundings are vital. Yes, it is all in your mind as these six keep matters on track, in perspective and all good. Play it again.
reviewed by michael
Go JImmy Go Japan "Island Sounds Tour"
6th Apr. Shibuya Lush, Tokyo
7th Apr. Osaka Sujnsui
8th Apr. Kobe Club Zink
9th Apr. Fukuoka Keithflack
10th Apr. Nagoya Club Up Set
11th Apr. Hamamatsu Mescalin Drive
12th Apr. Shimokitazawa Shelter
PLS check the details here.