Entries tagged with: Thee Oh Sees
by Andrew Sacher
Thee Oh Sees have a new killer lineup (which is touring soon), but their old lineup was killer too, so it's exciting to see former guitarist Petey Dammit is in a new band, LA's Birth Defects. The band is fronted by Jason Finazzo and also features former Bleached drummer Jon Safley. They hooked up with Ty Segall to produce their eight-song debut LP, First 8 Mistakes, and they're releasing it this week on Wavves frontman Nathan Williams' label Ghost Ramp. So it's safe to say they're in good company.
The album is garage punk that very much leans on the "punk" side of that spectrum, thanks in no small part to Jason's throat-shredding vocals. It sounds like the work of a band raised equally on '80s California hardcore and The Stooges, but it's not really a retread of either one. Stream the whole album (via The FADER) and watch the video for "Party Suicide" below...
photo: Thee Oh Sees @ Levitation Austin 2015 (more by PSquared)
With a terrific new album, Mutilator Defeated at Last, and a killer, two-drummer lineup of the band, Thee Oh Sees are gearing up for a tour that starts in August. It will hit NYC for three shows: Bowery Ballroom on September 8 and Warsaw on September 10-11. Tickets for those three NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/17) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
JAMC / Health / Primal Scream / Tamaryn @ Austin Psych Fest 5/9/2015
How could Primal Scream's Bobby Gilespie have not come out and assume his old role as Jesus & Mary Chain's drummer on at least one song from Psychocandy, the album he played on and that JAMC were doing in full at Levitation fest? Primal Scream played directly before the Mary Chain, it's not like he wasn't there. It's not like the drum parts on that album are difficult. It's not like everyone who realized the connection didn't think for sure it would happen. For that matter, how could Primal Scream play in Austin, the hometown of the 13th Floor Elevators, at a festival named after an Elevators' song and at which the Elevators were reforming the next night to play... and NOT do their fantastic version of 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House"? I don't know, both shoulda, but didn't.
Apart from those very minor, somewhat nerdy grumbles, Day 2 of Levitation was about as perfect a day as you could hope for at a festival like this. No threats of rain, good vibes and some of the best performances of the weekend. The Jesus & Mary Chain have never been the most exciting band live, but their headlining set was better than I expected. They sounded great and even though I've listened to Psychocandy a zillion times over the years, I was still caught off guard by how many favorites there are on that record. Hopefully the tour will come East at some point.
The first half of Primal Scream suffered from bad sound (you could barely hear the guitars) as well as it being heavy on the band's "rock n' roll" songs. Personally, I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing "Rocks" or "Jailbird" again. But the set picked up when they started into their trippier material ("Kill All Hippies," "Higher Than the Sun," "Swastika Eyes") where bass was more of the point. Also, Bobby Gillespie remains the consummate frontman, rail-thin, and able to project rock n' roll attitude even when the music doesn't. Primal Scream will be in NYC next week for two shows.
Neither set was as good as the one that proceeded them: Thee Oh Sees' blistering, dual-drummer attack that had the main stage crowd fully amped. Before them on the main stage were sets from Seattle's Night Beats (standard garagey psych rock, but they do it well) and Costa Rica's Las Robertas who were funny and charming and one of the surprises of the weekend for me.
Other things I saw: Philadelphia's Creepoid do overdriven, pummeling shoegaze right; Ryley Walker's set at the Elevation Amphitheater, and his jazzy, jammy folk made for perfect sunset music; Bejiing's Chui Wan made off-kilter prog that was like a palette cleanser of the jean-jacket psych prevalent at Levitation (not that there's anything wrong with that); Israel's Vaadat Charagim spun hypnotizing guitar patterns; and LA band The Black Ryder are almost a perfect synthesis of Mazzy Star and Slowdive.
I missed Health's set entirely but caught the last few songs of Tamaryn's set after JAMC finished. Her new band, which includes Weekend's Shaun Durkan and Ice Choir's Kurt Feldman, helped bring her dreampop vision to life, with more emphasis on "pop" than previously. She's got a really good voice and doesn't need to hide behind reverb. I wish I'd caught more -- maybe I'll catch her again when she plays Brooklyn's Saint Vitus.
Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and more of day 2 are below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees @ Levitation 5/9/2015
For some fans of Thee Oh Sees, learning main man John Dwyer had left San Francisco for Los Angeles and had formed an entirely new lineup of the band was a bit disheartening. Though Pete and Mike Shoun are missed (Brigid still plays with them, at least on recordings), the shake-up seems to have been good for Dwyer as the new Oh Sees album, Mutilator Defeated at Last, is easily one of the best, energized and loaded with great songs. You can stream the whole album below.
Thee Oh Sees played one of the most fun, memorable sets at last weekend's Levitation Fest in Austin. Dwyer has never been one to wait around around and he and the band -- once again featuring a two-drummer lineup -- set up quick for their later afternoon set on Saturday (5/9) and just started to play. Thirty minutes early. Thee Oh Sees were just on and it was the wildest crowd I saw all weekend. That early start meant we got maybe a couple extra songs, too, but Dwyer is always a less-is-more kind of guy and it was over and done in about 45 minutes. (Ok it was actually an hour-plus. It sure felt like it was over bang zoom.) That's how you do it. Pictures from their Levitation set are in this post.
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.
Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.
Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.
Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.
Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.
John Dwyer has a new Thee Oh Sees record for us, titled Mutilator Defeated At Last which will out May 18 via Castle Face. That's the cover art above and tracklist for the album is below. For the album, Thee Oh Sees are Dwyer, original member Brigid Dawson, plus Tim Hellman, Nick Murray, and Chris Woodhouse (who produced the album). You can stream lead cut "Web" below. You may have seen Thee Oh Sees play "Web" at Death by Audio last summer during the Northside Festival and high-quality video of that is below as well.
Thee Oh Sees will be in Austin for SXSW and there are no shortage of chances to see them there if you're going -- they've got nine shows lined up currently. They'll also be back in Austin in May for Austin Psych Fest's Levitation. All dates are listed below.
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
Montreal duo The Muscadettes are currently holed up working on their debut album but while we wait for news on that, they've offered up holiday treat in the form of new song, "Christmas Kitty." With a twangy, B-52's lead, its a bouncy little stocking stuffer that makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it below.
The Muscadettes, who were last in NYC for CMJ, have also been making a list and checking it twice, in this case their Top 10 LPs of 2014 which they've shared with us as well. You can check that out below too.
As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.
While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:
I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
John Dwyer said Thee Oh Sees would be at Death by Audio for two nights and Thursday (11/20) was indeed night 2 for the DbA regulars. Their set seemed a little better last night than Wednesday, though neither show was missing any energy. While Petey, Brigid and Mike are missed, the new rhythm section (including White Fence's touring drummer) are not lacking in skill or drive, and Dwyer now plays a little keyboards as well which is a nice addition. Any chance to catch Dwyer in action is usually worth it. NYC has one more chance to catch Thee Oh Sees, tonight (11/21) at Warsaw (advance tickets sold out).
This was a little more of a cohesive bill than Wednesday, too. Nashville's Natural Child were another of the "top secret!" guests, who have also played DbA many many times over the years. The band's southern-fried rock is always a lot of fun and there were many folks in the audience shouting along to their raunchy 2009 single "Shame Walkin'." You can catch Natural Child tonight in NYC at Baby's All Right (tickets).
Also on the bill was Thee Oh Sees' tourmate Jack Name whose sound live is skuzzier and more vintage electronics than on record, veering into Iggy Pop The Idiot territory. With everyone but the guitarist seated, it didn't make for the most exciting set but they sounded good. They play with Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, too, along with Kyp Malone's Ice Balloons (he'll be busy tonight as his slightly more known band TV on the Radio play too, at MHOW).
Skimask opened the show with a 5-song set that they played on the floor, so while we didn't see them, we did experience them and their punky noise and funny stage banter made for a good start to the night.
There are only two shows at Death by Audio left both are "Top Secret!" though they'll likely have clues for tonight's show up on their website later today. We've got a good guess as to who one of the openers is.
Video of Thee Oh Sees doing set-opener "The Dream" at DbA last night, plus a few more instagrams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Anybody that knows Thee Oh Sees, Williamsburg DIY space Death by Audio and their history together pretty much assumed that the band would be playing one of the two nights they had off between NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw -- which coincided with the last week of DbA. So it was no shock to see John Dwyer-related albums (Oh Sees, Coachwhips, Damaged Bug) at the merch table at last night's "Top Secret" show at DbA. "Well, it sucks Death by Audio is closing but that's the way the Vice cookie crumbles," Dwyer said matter-of-factly on stage, adding, "But we're happy to play again. We're here for two nights." Thee Oh Sees then launched into a basically nonstop set that had the front room going bonkers the whole time. No surprise there. For those who don't like to wait in lines (or just want maximum Dwyer), tickets to see Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw on Friday (11/21) are still available.
The rest of the lineup (which DbA gave pretty easy clues for if you follow the kind of bands they book) included tourmates Dope Body (intense, they have a dope drummer) and Roomrunner (ex Double Dagger, grungy and hooky). The evening started with two performances on the floor: Junkyard, a somber voice-and-voilin project from Adam of the Dreebs; and a wild set from melted dance music makers Guerilla Toss who brought a trampoline with them which was equal parts awesome and scary.
DbA hasn't posted tonight's set of clues yet for the openers. Three nights left. A few more instagrams of last night's show below....
Thee Oh Sees at Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)
Thee Oh Sees are in town for two announced NYC shows with Los Angeles' Jack Name: Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/18) and Warsaw on Friday (11/21). Tonight's show, that also has Economy Punk (OJ from Xray Eyeballs' new band) on the bill, is sold out, but tickets are still available for Warsaw (also with Ice Balloons playing). As mentioned, in between those two NYC shows are two days off which happen to fall during these last five nights of DIY venue Death by Audio where they have played many many times. Not to mention the Death by Audio pedal company collaborated on a pedal with Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer.
Speaking of Jack Name, his new album Weird Moons will be out January 20 via John Dwyer's Castle Face label. His lo-fi, glammy sound is not a million miles away from his LA neighbor Ariel Pink (who he'll also be touring with, including at NYC's Terminal 5), minus the novelty elements. You can stream "Running After Ganymede" from his new album below.
All Thee Oh Sees and Jack Name dates are listed, along with the Jack Name song stream, below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
by Bill Pearis
Austin band Hundred Visions travel in the same circles as neighbors OBN IIIs and make a similar, if poppier, guitar racket. This week the band just released their second album, Spite, via Wau Pau and you can stream it via Rdio below. You can also check out the horror-themed video (a lot of that going around today, hmm) for single "You're Gonna Cut Me Loose" that plays like a lost, warped VHS rental from 1991. It makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
While Hundred Visions have no tour plans at the moment, if you're heading to Austin next week for Fun Fun Fun Fest, they'll be playing a couple shows during that, including a Burger Records presented FFF Fest Nites show, and another with Thee Oh Sees, Jack Name and Warm Soda. Dates are listed, along with the video album stream and flyer, below..
Heat @ Union Pool during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
M for Montreal was just here for CMJ, hosting a nine-hour showcase on Friday (10/24) at Arlene's Grocery with Lydia Ainsworth, HEAT, Homeshake, The Muscadettes and more. If you went, how was it? Those artists and a lot more will also be playing the ninth edition of the actual M for Montreal festival which happens in the Quebec city from November 19-22. Like the last few years, the first two days of M are more of an industry event with only "official selection" showcases, including performances by Operators, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ainsworth, July Talk, HEAT and more. Then on the weekend it moves into proper festival mode with shows all over the city and bands from all over the world, including Thee Oh Sees, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Toro Y Moi side project Les Sins, The Blind Shake, Nils Frahm, PyPy, Moon King, and lots more.
Happyness @ Baby's All Right 10/21/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
While we're in the midst of CMJ here in NYC, Austin's SXSW Festival just announced its first round of 2015 showcasing artists, including Carl Barat of the Libertines, reunited post-punks The Pop Group, Jessie Ware, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Happyness (who are here for CMJ), Residual Kid and more. The music portion of SXSW 2015 happens March 17 - 22.
Full round 1 announced acts listed below.
Thee Oh Sees at Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)
John Dwyer and his new lineup of Thee Oh Sees were in NYC for Northside earlier this summer and the band seems fully back in the groove as they just announced a full fall tour. That comes to NYC for two shows: Bowery Ballroom n November 18 and Warsaw on November 21. Both shows are with Jack Name and tickets to both shows will go on sale September 19 at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Bowery show beginning September 17 at noon.
The days inbetween Thee Oh Sees' two NYC shows are currently open for the band and also happen during the last week Death by Audio will be open. Might they pay a visit one last time? All dates are listed below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Thee Oh Sees / Blind Shake / King Gizzard / Walter TV
After the torrential downpours of the night before, Saturday of Northside (6/14) was all blue skies and fluffy little clouds. Folks were out in force that afternoon. Bedford Ave was closed to vehicle traffic, Smorgasburg was packed, and thousands of people turned out for the free McCarren Park concert featuring Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and Walter TV (aka Mac DeMarco's other band, where he doesn't sing). This was the NYC debut of the new Oh Sees touring lineup and they definitely seemed to have it together and the crowd (at least in the front third of the space) was going fairly bananas, with rarely a time without at least one body suring the crowd.
With a rock-solid, entertaining undercard, this was a great way to spend a Saturday. Thee Oh Sees got hot and sweaty with a couple hundred fans the next night at DbA. You can catch King Gizzard late night tonight (6/19) at Baby's All Right as part of their June Summer Fun Residency. More pics from the McCarren show below...
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher
Thee Oh Sees at Death by Audio - 6/15/14
Garage rock greats Thee Oh Sees came to NYC for a free outdoor show in McCarren Park during the Northside Festival, but as they tend to do when they come here for a big show, they added a tiny last-minute one that happened at Death by Audio Sunday night (6/15). The shows were their first in NYC with their new touring lineup which is frontman John Dwyer joined by Nick Murray on drums and Timothy Hellman on bass. This power trio version of the band still put on a very full sounding show that my ears are just beginning to stop ringing from two days later, and needless to say it was a wonderful mess. Crowd was packed in as close as possible to the stage, dancing, bopping around, and clearly having a hell of a time. And John Dwyer and co. matched their energy, taking only minimal pauses and never going less hard on a song than the one before it. Totally wild show.
Two of the openers, Hector's Pets and White Mystery, also had a garage rock thing going on, but the opener that struck me most was LA's Burger-signed Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel. They sounded straight out of 1967 LA with organ-driven psych rock not far from Strawberry Alarm Clock (there was a song I almost thought was an "Incense and Peppermints" cover), and a little Ray Manzarek in there too. You can stream their newest record, Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious via Bandcamp.
Pictures of all four bands are in this post and continue below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
If you wanna see them somewhere smaller and sweatier, Thee Oh Sees will be playing Death by Audio on Sunday (6/15) with White Mystery, Mr Elevator & the Brain Hotel and Hectors Pets. Tickets are on sale now.