The Gotobeds Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic on LP + Download
The Gotobeds formed vaguely around 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA and play a mutant strain of rock music that is often filed under punk, indie rock, or 99-cent discount bin. Much like their previous releases on underground stalwart labels like Mind Cure and 12XU, their second full-length LP Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic (Sub Pop) artfully slips intelligence and experimentation into a dying art form. It's a harder feat than you'd think. What you get with The Gotobeds, delivered in spades on this album, is smart, noisy rock with just the right amount of stupid.
It was recorded in bursts over several months of 2015 in their friend My War Matt's basement in Pittsburgh. Unlike previously, the songs were conceived and recorded in blocks, which resulted in a more experimental feel. But this is no chin stroking curate's egg. If you like loud, double guitar leads, you're in luck, because this album is carpeted with them.
On a song like "Bodies," it sounds as if you've walked into the biggest Guitar Center, but, you know, not terrible. Keeping it all locked down is the rhythm section of drummer, Cary Belback and bassist, Gavin Jensen. They allow the downright prettiness of a song like "Red Alphabet" to shine, and the lyrics on the anti-sexism thrash of "Crisis Time" to punch through. Tim Midyett (Silkworm, Bottomless Pit, Mint Mile) and Protomartyr are also featured as guest vocalists on "Rope" and "Why'd You," respectively.