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thee oh sees

putrifiers ii

in the red



cd

Released: 17th Sep 2012

£13.99


lp

Released: 15th Dec 2014

£22.99


a truly killer record, delivering the perfect blend of their weird psychedelic pop & straight-up san fran thrash.

Scott Walker, The Velvet Underground, The Zombies & the experimental Japanese act Les Rallizes Denudes are but a small taste of what informs 'putrifier ii'. So while the space-odyssey nods of 'Wax Face' actually sound like they’re meant to melt one’s ears straight off, the record’s full of deviant detours, from the poison-tipped string parts & Eno-esque engineering of 'So Nice' to the groove-locked Krautrock inclinations of 'Lupine Dominus'. The most noticeable element may be Dwyer’s melodies however, as they reveal a softer side to his songwriting, one that makes perfect sense considering just how disparate his dust-clearing influences are. "san francisco's garage rock 'scene' is on a roll" 4/5 - uncut.

What's the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Thee Oh Sees? Probably their riot-sparking live show, right? Visions of a guitar-chewing, speaker-smothering, tongue-wagging John Dwyer careening across your cranium, chased by a wild-eyed wrecking crew that drives every last hook home like it's a nail in the coffin of what one thought it meant to make 21st century rock 'n' roll? Yeah, that sounds about right. But it misses a more important point-how impossible Thee Oh Sees have been been to pin down since Dwyer launched it in the late '90s as a solo break from such sorely missed underground bands as Pink and Brown and Coachwhips. That restlessness extends to everything from the towering, thirteen-minute title track of 2010's Warm Smile LP to the mercurial moods of 2008's The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. And then there's the home-brewed symphonies of Castlemania and the high-wire hooks of Carrion Crawler / The Dream, which dropped a second drum set among sunburnt organs, dovetailing guitars and rail-jumping rhythms. If one prefers a slightly more subtle musical awakening, there's always Putrifiers II, the latest in a long line of Oh Sees albums that expands the group's sound well past your friendly neighborhood garage band. So while the space-odyssey nods of "Wax Face" actually sound like they're meant to melt one's ears straight off, the record's full of deviant detours, from the poison-tipped string parts and Eno-esque engineering of "So Nice" to the groove-locked Krautrock inclinations of "Lupine Dominus." The most noticeable element may be Dwyer's melodies, however, as they reveal a softer side to his songwriting, one that makes perfect sense considering just how disparate his dust-clearing influences are. Scott Walker, The Velvet Underground, The Zombies and the experimental Japanese act Les Rallizes Denudes are but a small taste of what informed Thee Oh Sees this time around, as Dwyer returned to the multi-instrumental ways of Castlemania- full-band sessions for another record are already underway-and rounded out a fuller, drier sound with drummer / engineer Chris Woodhouse and special guests like Mikal Cronin (sax), Heidi Maureen Alexander (trumpet, vocals) and K Dylan Edrich (viola).
 

 

putrifiers ii

Tracklist

1. Wax Face
2. Hang a Picture
3. So Nice
4. Cloud #1
5. Flood?s New Light
6. Putrifiers II
7. Will We Be Scared?
8. Lupine Dominus
9. Goodbye Baby
10. Wicked Park