Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits

The ridiculously prolific San Franc psych-rock outfit return with another brilliant, if annoyingly titled, set of deranged head-spinners. Lead by founding member and all-round West Coast rock figurehead John Dwyer, who also runs the bands record label Castle Face,  the band have released 11 albums in 8 years and show no signs of slowing down.

For the most part the album is business as usual, with Dwyer leading the group, which includes 2 drummers, into a relentless head-first charge through repetitive, gnarly riffathons, all distorted guitar wildness and barmy vocals. Yet on occasion they take the foot off the gas a little to bring in some uniquely bizarre instrumentals, such as the weird squelchy one-note keyboard riff that drives ‘Jammed Entrance’ or even a late-album space-out track which reveals the band to be just as effective at mind-expanding at slower tempos.

With a back catalogue so dauntingly huge this album would mark a great entrance point to the bands sound, particularly to those who have fallen for the anarchic charms of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Brian Jonestown Massacre or Ty Segall. Also worth noting is the awesome cover artwork from Robert Beatty who has also contributed his vividly weird melting-retro style to the likes of Tame Impala, Childhood, The Phantom Band, Chris Forsyth and Oneohtrix Point Never

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