A few weeks ago in EAV, something a little bit magical and most definitely impressive happened. Although The Gotobeds of Pittsburgh and Atlanta’s own Arbor Labor Union are both bands signed to Sub Pop Records, and both considered “post punk”, they brought two very different vibes and a lot of people happiness.
I can confidently state that The Gotobeds made me smile. You don’t know me but, trust me, it’s apparently hard to do. Hailing from Pittsburgh, this zealous group of fellas know how to put on quite the show and made this northern girl slightly nostalgic for home. Last Wednesday, nearing the end of a summer tour promoting their sophomore album entitled Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic, The Gotobeds, with frontman Eli Kasan, took command of The EARL’s stage. A playful and definitely energetic overall attitude towards performing paired with a smart sense of song writing made for a very entertaining show.
Headliners and hometown heroes, Arbor Labor Union, wrapped up the evening and brought an intensity to the feel of the room. Formerly known as the “Pinecones”, this quartet recently released their poetic and mystical sophomore release I Hear You, which has only continued their reputation for making raw and passionate sound. To no surprise, they did not disappoint the room full of music aficionados and made for a powerful yet dreamy end to a perfect night. /- Jenny Thomas
Be sure to check out our interview with The Gotobeds frontman Eli Kasan, who discusses the band’s enthusiastic live show, here.
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