LP - Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YES. Christmas comes early this year with a brand-new hot-shit Oh Sees full-length known as Putrifiers II on label du jour In The Red Records! We were skeptical that John Dwyer and Co. could top their absolutely KILLER Carrion Crawler/The Dream LP from last year but we should have known better - Putrifiers II lays waste to anyone who would doubt this bands absolute fucking DOMINANCE. Well shut up for a second and let In The Red talk a bit-Whats 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 its 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 pointhow 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 2010s Warm Smile LP to the mercurial moods of 2008s The Masters Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. And then theres 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 theres always Putrifiers II the latest in a long line of Oh Sees albums that expands the groups sound well past your friendly neighborhood garage band. So while the space-odyssey nods of Wax Face actually sound like theyre meant to melt ones ears straight off the records 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 Dwyers 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 An absolutely jaw-dropping album. Fuckin Dwyer man how does he do it? Whats amazing to us is that even though this album is essentially another John Dwyer one-man show hes able to capture the energy and excitement of what makes the full-band so outstanding and fuse it seamlessly with the candy-coated switchblade hooks of the self-recorded Castlemania creating an evolved and informed new amalgam of the sound hes carved out as Thee Oh Sees. The twin-guitar harmonic passage that kicks off the album lurches in to the prime Oh Sees groove of Wax Face and just when you think oh ok its another rockin Oh Sees album Dwyer kicks it back into the pop hand-clappin groove of Hang a Picture. However the most stunning track for our money has to be the third track So Nice which is a dirge-y pop number colored by ominous viola that transforms the tune into All Tomorrows Parties crossed with something akin to a Troggs love song. Yeah its weird. Housed in a cool 2-sided die-cut sleeve with some truly bizarre man/dog artwork by Kyle Ranson this one is sure to go quicker than free cookies at a milk convention so grip this one post-haste! Weve dropped a lot of F-Bombs in our writeup of Putrifiers II but goddamn man this thing is really fucking good. RECOMMENDED x infinity. GET IT.