These fellows from Pittsburgh do not take themselves too seriously despite their serious punk rock cred based on having two members who were in the much respected band Kim Phuc, and that is SO refreshing. The members of The Gotobeds have made-up names that aren’t even clever, which is really charming. They make light-hearted and fun videos which manage to not be goofy or annoying or self-conscious.
Also refreshing is that although their singer/guitarist says they “ . . . ended up with a mish-mash of DIY/Punk/Post-Punk/Indie sounds ala The Fall, early Pavement, Wire, Wipers, Mission of Burma, Sonic Youth, Total Control, Tyvek, Protomartyr, etc.,” their sound is not derivative of anything. It’s definitely its own thing. And I like it.
Before signing to SubPop, they were already on a super cool label: Gerard Cosloy’s 12XU , which released their album Poor People are Revolting last year.
If you want to check out a couple of singles from that 12XU release, here are
“New York’s Alright”
Catch them on tour – they just might be coming to your town:
Apr. 08 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s *
Apr. 09 – Ithaca, NY – Cornell University *
Apr. 11 – Providence, RI – AS220 *
Apr. 12 – Cambridge, MA – Club Bohemia *
Apr. 13 – Willimantic, CT – Willimantic Records
Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
Apr. 15 – Brooklyn, NY – The Wick *
Apr. 16 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall *
Apr. 17 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Garage *
Apr. 18 – Athens, GA – Caledonia *
* w/ Protomartyr