Boomtown Festival - Ghent (be)
De Brakke Grond - Amsterdam (nl)
Fleche d'Or - Paris (fr) + Hospitality
Start The Bus - Bristol (uk)
Sebright Arms - London (uk) + Hospitality
Roter Salon - Berlin (de)
Rock Berchem - Berchem (be)
Salon IKSV - Istanbul (tr)
Het Depot - Leuven (be)
Vera - Groningen (nl)
Cactus @ MaZ - Brugge (be)
Paradiso - Amsterdam (nl)
Vooruit - Gent (be) + Islands
We Are Open @ Trix - Antwerpen (be)
Glimps Festival - Gent (be)
De Studio - Antwerpen (be)
In 2004 The Go Find’s Dieter Sermeus floated into our musical realm on a cute paper sailboat, guitar in his hands, palm trees in the distance. After finding the right musical companions he took a stroll in the woods on his second Go Find record. On the third record the band disappeared in a cardboard landscape of blue mountains, and now, in 2013, only colorful light beams remain, searching for a Brand New Love.
Dieter was born in 1975 and started playing in a guitar band when he was fifteen years old. Between 1997 and 2002 he fronted the band Orange Black, with whom he released three records on Atomic/Labelman. They played support for Pavement, followed by shows with Stereolab, Seam, Unwound and others.
By 2001 Dieter’s love for electronics grew and with the help of his good friend Styrofoam, he recorded the first Go Find record “Miami” (2004), a perfectly constructed collection of crackled bedroom pop held together by Dieter’s high and dreamy voice. Mostly a solo effort at that point, but for the tours that followed Dieter put together a solid band. Subsequently “Stars on the wall” (2007) was a bigger record in many ways. It was a confident and optimistic indiepop album with more room for synths, yet still retaining a distinct sense of melancholy. The record featured ‘New Year’- a modest radio hit – and was followed by an extensive tour of Europe.
In 2009 The Go Find featured on a Morr Music Compilation with a wonderful cover of Pink Frost by The Chills. This proved to be the perfect choice for a band that by now has embraced the dreamy sound of 80s synths and a good opportunity to include a female voice on a Go Find track.
2010 sees the release of the third Go Find record “Everybody knows it’s gonna happen, only not tonight”, a record full of youthful innocence, wrapped in dreamy pop songs built around swirling synths, acoustic guitars and Dieter’s distinct voice.
Where “Everybody knows it’s gonna happen, only not tonight” displayed overt influences of Pavement (‘Cherry Pie’) and Roxy Music (‘Heart Of Gold’), the brand new “Brand New Love” (2014) sees The Go Find dive deep into the New Romantics decade and its smooth synths sounds, only to come up with 21st century pop songs that turn the boy meets girl stories you’re used to upside down and inside out.
“Brand New Love” is most definitely a love record, but from a myriad of fresh viewpoints: sweet/bittersweet, happy/sad, melancholic/joyous and at times even a tad philosophical. Every shade, flavor and expression of that lovely four-letter-feeling that’s unmistakably a part of human nature is scrutinized, dissected and wrapped up again in beautifully crafted songs or blended into poppy tracks, like only The Go Find write.
But there’s more.
What previous The Go Find records only hinted at becomes very apparent on the new album: the band stirs a big chunk of love for eighties pop music into 21st century pop songs. On Brand New Love, the decade of the New Romantics shimmers through in every song. But The Go Find treats those classic eighties sounds in a surprisingly fresh manner: a mix of indie, electronics and some smooooth synth-loving, combined with the already well-known The Go Find sound.
Listen to the opening track Jungle Heart, for instance: when the swirly synths pop in, the song turns into a dance track: your feet won’t be able to resist the beat. The Lobby is Sexual Healing finding new ways to dance with I Want To Know What Love Is: The Go Find surprises us with this beautiful track about someone who’s tired of waiting for that special someone. If the lyrics weren’t so plain honest heartbreaking, it just as well might become a song you’d like to hear at your wedding.
The synth bass in Your Heart that surfaces halfway through the song, makes you want to drive your car through a hot Italian summer night, while We Run is hazy as clouds of morning mist that are about to evaporate in the first beams of sunlight. The Message sounds catchy and harbors a wonderful guitar interlude. Japan is all about the girls winning, and Summer Boys is a beautiful song about a friendship between young boys – a sister song to Adrenaline on Stars On The Wall.
It’s hard not to fall in love with this record. So don’t be too surprised when Brand New Love grows into your brand new love. Just listen and ‘follow what you feel’, as Lou Barlow urges us to do in his fantastic (Sebadoh) song of the same name.