It would be hard to deny that Eli Kasan possesses an immediate warmth that makes him seem like an old friend even if it is just your first chat. In my case, this could be chalked up to the fact that we were both raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pa. and share a lot of common territory. But Kasan, who serves as frontman and guitarist for the Pittsburgh-based quartet The Gotobeds, really comes off as an affable, cordial guy.

Bubbling with energy and playing with his pup (a rescue Yorkshire terrier), Kasan seems positively giddy talking about his band's recent Sub Pop debut, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic. "You can imagine what it felt like for us!" Kasan exclaims when I mention how crazy it was to find out that a Pittsburgh band had signed to the famed label that has been home to some of the biggest independent acts of the last 20 years.

For a long while, Pittsburgh held its music tightly. Bands from Pittsburgh played in Pittsburgh and that was that. But as the city continues to grow in prominence thanks to spots at the top of many international livability surveys, a rush of youthful talent has the Pittsburgh music scene positively bustling.

In recent years, the first acts to break out of the city were rap stars, such as Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. But more Pittsburgh kids are picking up instruments and, according to Kasan, they are really exploring the waters of what sounds they can make.

"Beyond geography, sound-wise there isn't a common link," he says. "To me, that's the exciting thing about being a part of a 'Pittsburgh music scene.' Historically, I think Rust Belt cities and blue collar cities thrived in heavier scenes like punk or metal or noise, those kind of things. And don't get me wrong, I love those kind of bands, but it has been fun to see Pittsburghers embrace a lot of other musical styles to the point where we have Girl Talk, we have or had Black Moth Super Rainbow or Don Caballero.

"It is exciting that we all call the same city home," he continues, "with different people interested in different things yet still have some overlap."

At 33 years of age, Kasan and his bandmates -- which includes drummer Cary "Open Cary" Belback, bassist Gavin "Depressed Adult Male" Jensen and guitarist Tom "TFP" Payne -- are a bit older than many of their fellow Pittsburgher rockers. They are certainly a touch older than most people would imagine the typical punk musician. But thanks to experiences with some prominent musician pals, age is just one barrier than The Gotobeds seem to not recognize.

"It is funny to us," Kasan laughs. "Maybe a good example would be a band we've toured with and we are going to tour with, Protomartyr. They are fucking awesome. They are next-to-kin with us, and are complete fucking weirdos. We really struck up a friendship with them. We've done a lot of shows with them at this point, we FaceTime with them and [Protomartyr vocalist] Joe Casey wrote our bio and sings on one of the songs ['Why'd You?']. It is the same thing for Joe, though. This is his first band and he is about 38 now, probably. That's not the age you think of for a rock singer."

Curtailing to people's expectations as certainly never been a part of The Gotobed's agenda. Since the release of their 2014 debut, Poor People Are Revolting, the group has done things based entirely their own way. In fact, as Kasan tells it, success found them rather than the other way around.

"We got a lot of success because we were touring and we were putting out a few singles locally, as well as doing SXSW and that kind of stuff," he explains. "The guy who did our first record was Gerard Cosloy, who is famous for being one of the owners of Matador [Records]. So Gerard put it out on his subsidiary, which is called 12XU, and is out of Texas. It is a small operation, it is just Gerard. And one of the things he talked about was that he wouldn't pay for outside PR. But I mean, when you have Gerard Cosloy from Matador who has signed Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Interpol, Guided By Voices..." Kasan trails off and explodes in laughter. "I could keep going if you'd like, but you get the idea."

"So Gerard was out there kind of stumping for us, saying, 'Hey, this is a great band! Check them out!'" Kasan continues. "We got a lot of interest just because of that. The record did really well and we actually got a NPR feature and then got in the Washington Post for top albums of the year. This was all without any PR. That was when people from the 'industry' started sniffing around. I joked that everyone smelled blood in the water because here were a bunch of -- I don't want to say young -- but naïve guys from a city where they previously thought we had no other bands. We were getting some attention and we weren't represented, so it was a little weird. People were coming out of the woodwork trying to represent us or be our managers or our PR people, that kind of shit. Luckily, one of them was Sub Pop. Somehow the record got their attention... somebody there was just excited about the record and got in touch."

Kasan continues to giggle as he reminiscences about how the group hooked up with Sub Pop, a partnership that coincidentally involved an acquaintance of the band and then was almost thrown askew by a wild show.

"'TFP' and I were in another band in Pittsburgh called Kim Phuck," he says, still laughing a bit. "It was kind of a heavy, Stooges, Wipers-type punk band. We used to tour and somebody from one of our label mates is now our A&R guy at Sub Pop! It was funny when he reached out and was like, 'Hey man, are you interested in being on Sub Pop?' It was such a surprise because I never abused that friendship there. I never even thought to contact him. I just thought -- correctly at this point, I would assume -- that if they were interested, they would get in touch. Then they flew him to New Orleans and he saw a terrible show of ours and we got really drunk. Apparently one of the dudes tried to piss in the corner of the hotel room and the A&R guy had to steer him straight. It was a mess."

The Gotobeds have developed a sound that is frequently labeled as post-punk, which seems a bit obvious given that they are named after the drummer for famed English outfit Wire. But the truth is that the band is full of killer, straightforward hooks that, as Kasan jokes, wouldn't be out of place in a commercial. They do utilize dissonant guitar leads on occasion, as well as some other hallmarks of post-punk, but Kasan says they never tried to pigeonhole themselves into a genre.

"Things didn't really happen for us and we didn't record until we had our third guitar, 'TFP,'" he says. "When he joined...we just clicked. I don't know if this is apparent in the songs or not -- I hear it listening to them, but I'm on the inside -- but a lot of them were fun to write. We would practice and have an idea and I don't want to say we would 'jam,' but somebody would play a guitar riff and then we would build stuff off of it or someone has an idea for something they think is pretty funny like, 'Wouldn't it be funny if the verse was this one note?' or 'Let's never learn the solo in this part and let's improvise it every time.' Shit like that, where it is a weird and mutant experiment rather than being a band that is like, 'This is our sound.' We don't really think like that. We just think about what we want to do and what feels right. We let that guide it."

Kasan sees room for those kind of acts and actually enjoys them, but that just isn't who The Gotobeds are. "It is exciting when a band shows up fully formed and they are fucking incredible, and they have a look and an aesthetic," he admits before chuckling. "But we aren't fucking U2. That's not to diss bands that do those things, but it just isn't what we were interested in."

Doing what has interested them seems to have worked out very well for Kasan and his bandmates. Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic debuted to solid reviews and the band is embarking on a string of dates across the United States. Kasan attributes the success largely to the group's willingness to simply be themselves.

"It is different when you do something because you love it and you are excited to do it, which is why we're doing it, rather than making decisions based on what's a good career move or what's smart business-wise," he explains. "I'm not saying we aren't savvy, but we don't make decisions based on those kind of things... some bands are dialed in and you can tell that it is work. For us, this is a vacation."

The Gotobeds are loving life at present, Kasan maybe most of all. But even if the good times were to stop rolling, this group of Pittsburghers feels pretty good about what they've managed to accomplish.

"If the wheels fall off tomorrow," Kasan says with a glimmer in his voice, "it'll still feel pretty fucking good."

Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic is out now on Sub Pop.