Gotobeds – Fucking in the Future + 5

2 out of 5

Label: Comedy Minus One

Produced by: Matthew Barnhart (remastered by)

It’s hard to say exactly what’s missing with Gotobeds’ Fucking in the Future compilation – demo tracks, 7″ tracks, others – except what’s maybe in that question itself: something is missing. While this traces the band’s output over several years, knowing that adds to the mystery missing quotient, as it hardly feels like anything changes during that time. Which isn’t to say the songs aren’t catchy, or well performed / produced – they are. Every song is toe-tappable, and feels focused; the group shambles well between its influences and their own noisy affectations, and the set juggles rockers with rollickers and denser work appropriately. But: with Gotobeds’ reverence for certain sounds – particularly 90s era Matador guitar pop, shot through with the 00s surge of throwback NY rock like Strokes and The Hives – the music ultimately comes across as a megamix of sounds-like-so-and-sos, with the lyrics’ frequent “city life is tiring” themes pretty well covered by this point.

Gotobeds are at their best when they get a little punky – opener New Dress (Debutante); Ipso Facto – or, oppositely, when they do noisy, layered stuff, like the closing Karl Hendricks cover, which is the best outing here. On the whole, though, after a couple tracks that show off their various modes, nothing has quite emerged as unique amidst a glut of similar sounding bands, so you’re nodding your head, but probably without much concern as to what’s playing.

Kudos to Matthew Barnhart’s remastering, presumably making all of this stuff play at the same fidelity and volume; you’d never guess these were culled from various releases.