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Thee Oh Sees releasing ‘Castlemania’ (MP3), released a singles collection, add Lars Finberg to group, announced some dates

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Thee Oh Sees – I Need Seed (MP3)

Thee Oh Sees on Bruise Cruise (more by Gabi Porter)
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Along with word about their newest album, Castlemania (June 14, In the Red), Bay area rockers Thee Oh Sees dropped some recent news about the future of the band: an additional member, multi-instrumentalist/singer Lars Finberg of the Intelligence (who was playing with Wounded Lion at SXSW), will be making the group a five-piece in the near future. In addition to that, there’s another full-length set for the fall.

Castlemania (cover art below) taps into the band’s freaky, folkier side, as you can hear above with its opener “I Need Seed,” so here’s hoping the fall record picks up where 2009’s Help and 2010’s Warm Slime left off: jittery, high-wattage songs built for live, late-night consumption.

And in addition to those, the band already released a record this year – a double-LP at that. Their Singles Collection Vol. 1 & 2 came out quietly at the end of March on Dwyer’s Castleface Imprint. I don’t know much about it, but the clips currently up at Aquarius Records hint at a pretty rich batch of tunes. The tracklist for that – with all of the band’s current tour dates (no NYC at the moment) – is below…

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THEE OH SEES – SINGLES COLLECTION VOLUME 1 AND 2 – 12″ LP (2011) tracklist(via Peanut Butter Oven

Volume 1:
Side A
1. Carol Anne
2. Inquiry Perpetrated
3. Mincing Around the Frocks
4. Kingsmeat
5. The Freak Was Clean

Side B
6. Kids in Cars
7. Bloody Water
8. Hey Buddy *By Aaron Aites
9. Comas *By Aaron Aites
10. I Agree
11. Grave Blockers

Volume 2:
Side A
1. Tidal Wave
2. Heart Sweats
3. Contraption (Demo)
4. Friends Defined
5. Blood In Your Ear (Demo)
6. Schwag Rifles

Side B
7. The Drag *By Ty Segall
8. 7484
9. Castiatic Tackle (Demo)
10. She Said to Me
11. Where People Do Drugs
12. In the Shadow of Giants
13. Ichor (Previously Unreleased) *Based on a Sic Alps cover of a rebel song

It’s not new, but if you haven’t, check out the band’s cache of live sets at Free Music Archive.

Thee Oh Sees – 2011 Tour Dates
4/28 – Café Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
5/4 – Heretic Club – Bordeaux, France
5/6 – Moby Dick Club – Madrid, Spain
5/10 – Le Clacson – Oullins, France
5/11 – La Vapeur – Dijon, France
5/12 – Rockstore – Montpellier, France
5/13 – Lefuzz’yon – La Roche-sur-Yon, France
5/14 – Mains D’Oeuvres – Saint Oeun, France
5/21 – Le Romandie – Lausanne, Switzerland
5/24 – West Germany – Berlin, Germany
5/25 – Merleyn – Nijmegen, Netherlands
5/26 – Tufnell Park Dome – London, UK
5/27 – Hydrant – Brighton, UK
5/28 – The Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK &
5/29 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK
5/30 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
5/31 – Charlatan – Ghent, Belgium
6/1 – Chabada – Angers, France
6/5 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium #
6/6 – Paradiso Kleine Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
6/25 – Sled Island Festival – Calgary, AB
6/26 – Sled Island Festival – Calgary, AB
7/31 – Woodsist Fest – Big Sur, CA
9/5 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver BC   
9/9 – Portland Star Theater – Portland, OR all ages show
& w/ Oneohtrix Point Never
# w/ Chain & The Gang

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