12 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perhaps as homage to the great Billy Childish (Thee Headcoats, Thee Mighty Caesars, Thee Milkshakes, etc.), John Dwyer of San Francisco’s Coachwhips and Pink & Brown birthed Thee Oh Sees in 2008 after noodling around as a solo project called OCS. Thee Oh Sees are a four-piece band that fans of garage punk and psychedelia will swoon for, once the grinding and stomping ceases and they’ve wiped the sweat from their brow. This is raw, brutal and deliriously sexy garage punk of the first order; check the sublime roar of “Enemy Destruct,” the thudding backbeat of “Meat Step Lively,” or the psychedelic, Sufi-swirl of “Can You See” and try to sit still. (You might as well stamp FAIL on that idea now.) It’s more than a sequence of guitar chords in “A Flag In the Court” that evokes the garage classic, “Gloria” — it’s a whole state of mind. Kudos to Dwyer and bandmate Brigid Dawson for balancing the scuzz ’n’ drang so beautifully with her vocals; Dawson’s presence makes the sum of Help’s parts fall together in a perfect whole. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perhaps as homage to the great Billy Childish (Thee Headcoats, Thee Mighty Caesars, Thee Milkshakes, etc.), John Dwyer of San Francisco’s Coachwhips and Pink & Brown birthed Thee Oh Sees in 2008 after noodling around as a solo project called OCS. Thee Oh Sees are a four-piece band that fans of garage punk and psychedelia will swoon for, once the grinding and stomping ceases and they’ve wiped the sweat from their brow. This is raw, brutal and deliriously sexy garage punk of the first order; check the sublime roar of “Enemy Destruct,” the thudding backbeat of “Meat Step Lively,” or the psychedelic, Sufi-swirl of “Can You See” and try to sit still. (You might as well stamp FAIL on that idea now.) It’s more than a sequence of guitar chords in “A Flag In the Court” that evokes the garage classic, “Gloria” — it’s a whole state of mind. Kudos to Dwyer and bandmate Brigid Dawson for balancing the scuzz ’n’ drang so beautifully with her vocals; Dawson’s presence makes the sum of Help’s parts fall together in a perfect whole. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

tssss ,

Rad

This album is so perfect.

Ewing27617 ,

Nylon Raves

Like a roll of Lifesavers left out in the sun for too long, the new album from Thee Oh Sees is a little sticky, a little sweet, but still really good.

The cover only hints at this; from first song to last, Help oozes that reverb-heavy jangle that often gets omitted in slick studio albums these days. It probably doesn’t hurt that TOS’s main guy, John Dwyer, has been doing this forever (this happens to be the band’s seventh album).

“Enemy Destruct”, the album opener, hits the ground running like The Cramps on psychedelics - or The Leaves on dope, depending on your point of view. Everything after follows suit, and while you could slap “garage rock”, “psych rock”, “rockabilly”, or a whole litany of names on the resulting sound, it’s just catchy pop music waiting to be the soundtrack to a sweltering summer day. And that’s no bad trip.

AubreyMullins ,

Newcomer.

Never heard their stuff before but I love it. Reminds me of the 70s rock/punk era. With a spoonful of the Ramones sound. I, personally, like it a lot. It's definitely my kind of music.

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