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Thee Oh Sees

A Weird Exits

Castle Face

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There are few more reliably exhilarating sounds in contemporary garage rock than this: John Dwyer's indecipherable vocal delivery steeps in intensity, as does his echo-heavy guitar licks, there's a vicious halt in the rhythm section for a split second before his band of garage-dwelling oddballs launch into a scorching psychedelic hotbed of distortion, feedback and utter, utter otherworldliness. It's a formula that will send a crowd into absolute frenzy anywhere in the world, and is perhaps best utilised here, on their eleventh studio record as Thee Oh Sees. It's the first Thee Oh Sees record to put to tape the relentless rhythms section of drumming duo Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon and bassist Tim Hellman, and thus its breakneck speed grooves manifest themselves even deeper than the band have managed before. It's a record that won't do anything to alter the narrative of the band's discography, but duly reiterates exactly why Thee Oh Sees, in its fluctuating forms, is the most important name in modern day garage rock.

Thee Oh Sees are not a band that will ever seriously reconsider their dynamics, and nor should they. A Weird Exits just goes to show that some bands are so vital to their scene that they never need to change. (www.theeohsees.com

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