The Gotobeds are a Pittsburgh-based group that put the punk in post-punk. As friends and collaborators of Detroit's Protomartyr, one might expect this four-piece to lean toward the moody, more foreboding side of the genre. However, just a couple of seconds into their sophomore LP and Sub Pop debut, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, and one will see a band reveling in the bombastic nature of their sneering rock'n'roll.

Make no mistake, in spite of the album name, The Gotobeds are also not a ragtag collection of Red Hot Chili Peppers wannabes. Quite to the contrary, this band of Rust Belt misfits casts disdain upon the obnoxious and annoying people who litter their day-to-day existence, and make the world drag as a result. "We're from America," smirks vocalist and guitar Eli Kasan on 'Cold Gold (LA's Alright)', "where we don't move on, we just move."

This isn't to say that The Gotobeds have entirely shunned the "post" in post-punk, either. They haven't been slapped with that genre tag for no reason obviously. Beyond the fact that the band has pulled their name from Robert "Gotobed" Grey, the drummer for Wire, the group has mathy approach to their, ahem, wiry guitar lines. One would be hard-pressed to describe The Gotobeds as a math rock group, but considering the genre's historical roots in Pittsburgh, it is also hard to deny its influence upon their angular approach to music.

Kasan possesses a Patrick Stickles-esque approach to his vocals. In other words, there is a lot of anger in this man's voice. It naturally serves the group's approach to music well, but also keeps listeners on their toes as he jumps between pained howls and talk-singing moments that made me think James Murphy might have strapped on a guitar. A highlight of record comes from Kasan's voice mingling with that of Protomartyr's Joe Casey on the phenomenal and phenomenally angry 'Why'd You?'

In terms of production, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic is miles ahead of its predecessor, Poor People Are Revolting. The Gotobeds jump up to Sub Pop was clearly not unwarranted as their sound is tight and their evolution promising. This is a solid, fun-loving post-punk record that definitely leans heavy on the punk. While it may not be perfect, it certainly has made The Gotobeds a group to keep your eye on, especially if you like sticking a middle finger up to the world while you shotgun a beer.