The Gotobeds

The Gotobeds

Doll Baby, Naked Pictures, Haybaby, Bad Magic, Sea Of Storms, Various Eggs

Tue, November 27, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

As HUGE fans of Pittsburgh punk of all sorts, we have loved THE GOTOBEDS from the start as a "members of Kim Phuc" act to them being a full-scale force in indie/proto/post-punk territory on the legendary Sub Pop Records! We're very excited to have them back to Strange Matter again and hear the newest genre-pushing excellence they've honed while touring with legends and up and comers alike (The Fall, Thee Oh Sees, Royal Headache, The Apples In Stereo, Waxahatchee, Protomartyr) since they last played here in the Summer of 2016! They'll be joined by RVA's finest as part of the STRANGE MATTER CLOSING SERIES with a diverse support crew all-stars including DOLL BABY, BAD MAGIC, NAKED PICTURES, SEA OF STORMS, VARIOUS EGGS, HAYBABY and SMALL BONES (ex/current Junius, Blue Letter, Radio War)! 

The Gotobeds
The Gotobeds
Hey, what's this? Well that, my friend, is the newest album from The Gotobeds, entitled Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic. It's their second full-length LP and their first for Sub Pop. Whoa, whoa, please slow down. I'm already completely lost. What you just said sounded like a stream of complete gibberish. Okay, I'll lay it out for you and if you have any questions could you yell them at me? SOUNDS GOOD. The Gotobeds formed vaguely around 2009 in Pittsburgh and play a mutant strain of rock music that is often filed under punk, indie rock, or 99-cent discount bin. WAIT, THE GOTOBEDS? I HEARD THEY WERE KNUCKLEHEADS! Only if the knuckle is the part of the human body that contains the brains. Much like their previous releases on underground stalwart labels like Mind Cure and 12XU, this new album artfully slips intelligence and experimentation into a dying art form. It's a harder feat than you'd think.

And sure, their live shows have often been compared to an "all night party where I feared for my life and the lives of everybody in the five block radius," and their recorded output is akin "to the sonic manifestos of four men deprived of human love and raised on beer and Swell Maps, Mission of Burma, and old Fall records." But what you get with The Gotobeds, delivered in spades on this album, is smart, noisy rock with just the right amount of stupid.

FAIR ENOUGH. SO HOW'D THIS GET MADE? 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. You like loud, double guitar leads? OF COURSE I DO. WHO DOESN'T? You're in luck, because this album is carpeted with em, thanks to Eli Kasan and TFP. 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.

THIS ALL SOUNDS WONDERFUL, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO CARE ABOUT? Eh, probably not. Except that Tim Midyett (Silkworm, Bottomless Pit, Mint Mile) and some bum (Protomartyr) are featured as guest vocalists on "Rope" and "Why'd You," respectively. Also, I'd be remiss to not mention the fact that the band's live show is a testament to the cathartic nature of speed, skill, repetition, noise, and red stage lights. If you don't believe me, ask the bands they have played with, like Total Control, Tyvek, or The Replacements. Also, they rep Pittsburgh harder than anyone possibly could and come off better for it...which is saying something.

I THINK I UNDERSTAND. BLOOD // SUGAR // SECS // TRAFFIC IS THE GREATEST ALBUM SINCE THE LAST GOTOBEDS RECORD? Yes. Now please stop yelling.
Doll Baby
Doll Baby
alt punk from rva.
formed in April 2015

guitar, vox. julie storey
guitar. eric kelly
bass. jason snider
drums. dan kelly
Naked Pictures
Naked Pictures
Zach - Guitar

James - Drums

Grant - Bass and Vocals
Bad Magic
Bad Magic
Jimmy Held- drums on all tracks, as well as bass on "Cool Hand" and keys on "Mama Song"
Julie Karr- guitar and vocals on all songs.
Recorded and Mastered by Allen Bergendahl in Richmond, VA
Jimmy recorded backing vocals on "Cool Hand" and "Mama Song," as well as the keys at his house.
Art work done by the amazing, wild and thunderous Erin Bowers.
Sea Of Storms
Sea Of Storms
Richmond VA
Various Eggs
Various Eggs
Various Eggs are a trio influenced by the three Nicks: Nick Cave, Nick Drake, and Nick Lowe. Accordingly, their songs vacillate between spare, loud, angular songs that revel in feedback and pretty little acoustic songs. Likewise, their subject matter alternates between satire and sincerity. If you asked Various Eggs, "what band made you pick up guitars?", they would say either "discovering Autolux at Coachella" or "watching Television on the Central Park Summer Stage."
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://strangematterrva.com/