Thee Oh Sees
Despite those volleyed cries of hiatus, Thee Oh Sees have one more in the bag, and apparently a few more dates and festivals to boot. Well so much for a hiatus. Maybe get John Dwyer and co. a stack of dictionaries for their birthdays, though it would seem they'd be far too busy to actually read them. Taking a leap off the psychedelic springboard that was Floating Coffin, the band ventures further into a throbbing den of bass chaos and space-faced synths, brain toasting guitar and vertigo wrangling squelch that threatens to blow it all down in an avalanche of light and smoke. Its a headier direction than they've gone, if only ever so slightly, but if this is where they leave off I'll rest easier knowing that the legacy of Oh Sees is swaddled in a nest of tweaked keys, guitars screaming from sunburn and hide n' seek vocals that hint at the fuming melodies buried in the din. The band never sways too far from their garage roots but they've certainly found a magical balance between guttural drive, psychedelic excess and a pop undercoating that keeps the kids coming back every time for another kaleidoscopic patchwork adventure. There's certainly room on your shelf for one more Oh Sees hard charger and Drop fits the bill, a necessary addition to a long, twisted journey.
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