Posted in music on November 23, 2011

by Andrew Frisicano

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Thee Oh Sees and Total Control played two NYC shows last week (Thursday 17th at 285 Kent and Friday 18th at LPR) as part of their ongoing tour. Currently the bands are headed back to West Coast, but not before a few more gigs (including two pre-Thanksgiving shows on November 23rd in Chicago).

The recent sets were Thee Oh Sees's first in the NYC with new member Lars Finberg of the Intelligence. At LPR the band mixed songs from the excellent new Carrion Crawler/The Dream with staples from Help and Warm Slime for the ridiculously packed crowd. Lars, on a second drum kit, added some extra oomph on the backbeat but otherwise slipped seamlessly into the band's air-tight-as-always sound. For the encore, Lars strummed a guitar and walked across the drum sets for a bit of tight-rope theatrics. Did you see the show on LPR's live stream? Some videos of the gig are below.

In addition to the new LP, TOCS have a tour split with the Total Control that's worth picking up. I usually think gimmicky colored vinyl is kind of whatever, but I did get a kick out of this half-clear-half-yellow record, which looks like someone dipped it in a vat of slime. A picture of that is below...

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Thee Oh Sees

Kids rocking out to Thee Oh Sees (what was the deal with these people sitting on the stage)

Thee Oh Sees - Enemy Destruct at 285 Kent

Thee Oh Sees - Meat Step Lively at LPR 11/18/11

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Comments (25)

285 KENT WAS TOTALLY FUCKING INSANE

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 2:15 AM

Does anyone else still miss The Coachwhips?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 8:33 AM

annnnnnnnnnnnd i'm over it

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 9:55 AM

actually they weren't the first NYC shows with Lars at all - he played bass on their last go-around in June when they were at Brooklyn Bowl and Death by Audio...personally - i liked that set-up better than with lars on drums in this 2-drummer set-up.


You can youtube the KEXP set they did with Lars on bass too from earlier this year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 10:09 AM

kexp set was last year even
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFMdCp6iXow

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 10:10 AM

I miss Pink and Brown.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 10:13 AM

How was Total Control?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 10:46 AM

I would have loved to go to the one on 285 kent but I figured there would be no coat check and its a long ride home. Le Poission Rouge was amazing though.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 10:51 AM

total control were really great - they played almost all of henge beat and sounded great. It seemed to go over the heads of the crowd at 285 Kent tho

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 11:11 AM

no pics from 285?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 11:52 AM

do they still allow people to smoke cigs inside at 285 Kent? fucking terrible if they do.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 11:59 AM

whatever, Bloomberg

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 12:01 PM

tbh would rather have seen The Intelligence play than Thee Oh Sees

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 12:32 PM

where is my coat?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 12:58 PM

you spilled your 4loko on it and ran outside with one shoe on... don't you remember???

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 1:22 PM

pics??

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 2:35 PM

PICSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 3:36 PM

@!10:09am. I don't see a bass player in the video, or in anything from the BB show in June. I think they met up with Lars after that, per these tour dates: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/06/secret_show_dba.html

"06-25 /06-26 sled island fest in calgary 2 shows introducing Lars Finberg, our new second drummer!!"

Posted by Andrew | November 23, 2011 4:00 PM

Coat check? You must left your coat at the wine bar by NYU.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 4:33 PM

Lars DEFINITELY didn't play bass on their last go around to nyc because I was at the Brooklyn Bowl show and I would've recognized him (Intelligence is my favorite band). The LPR show was fantastic. Girls were sitting on the stage because some really tall dudes were out of their mind and essentially pulling shorter people to the ground in the pit so a couple mini people were sitting on stage, didn't really disrupt anything.

Lars hopping around the drums and generally being a ham was so great. Can't wipe the smile off my face at how totally rad they were. Total Control were really great too. Played a very tight set. And actually the guy from The Horrors did a really great job too. Initially I was bummed I couldn't go to Kent but LPR was really rad and I liked that the show was early.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 5:25 PM

12:32- The Intelligence are great live too but in a totally different way than thee oh sees. The crowd doesn't go nearly as wild and there is a lot more feedback and aural pain, I mean it's near perfection, just really different. Oh sees, you can always guarantee you'll leave the show marinating in your sweat and the sweat of others.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 5:30 PM

Dear The OCs - play NYC once more with double drummer PLEASE

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2011 5:39 PM

Dude, I still miss Coachwhips.

Posted by Sarah | November 24, 2011 11:11 AM

If I could see Thee Oh Sees play Castlemania in its entirety I would pay up to $100 for that ticket (and I make 30k). I love it that much. Bring on more Vocal Tirades pretty please : )

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 12:19 PM

this was a great show

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 4:04 PM

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