A cursory listen to The Gotobeds’ first Sub Pop album would suggest that the band spent hours trawling through Pitchfork’s Best New Music, trying to find what spiky indie rock is currently popular with internet tastemakers. That’s not to say these acts were a direct influence on ‘Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic’ – an early music video saw the band nonchalantly smashing a Parquet Courts LP – but if you’re digesting the same buffet of influences (“Swell Maps, Mission of Burma and old Fall records”) it’s hard not to crap out something similar. Surprisingly though, more often than not, it works.
The band really comes into its own when they try to stretch out, as on the impossibly tense ‘Rope’ or enthralling seven-minute closer ‘Amazing Supermarkets’, which is a dense slacker sprawl with a glistening pop heart. Still there’s no arguing with the brutally anthemic ‘Bodies’ or the swooning ‘Glass House’, which could almost be described as pretty. The Gotobeds probably won’t change anybody’s life, but they probably wouldn’t care if they did.