Though it's a pretty solid work of modern psych, Smote Reverser isn't the wall-to-wall excitement that Oh Sees' last few albums have been.
San Francisco rock band Oh Sees (previously Thee Oh Sees and other variations) are back after last year’s Orc and Memory of a Cut Off Head, the latter of which was released under the OCS moniker. The band has become known for its prolificness, so the quick release of this new single, “Overthrown” comes as little surprise.
Thee Oh Sees have never been afraid to crank up the volume, but they've really upped the ante for “Overthrown.” While staying true to their garage rock and psychedelic foundation, the band puts a greater focus on metal and prog rock influences.
“Overthrown” is the first single leading up to Oh Sees’ upcoming album, Smote Reverser, which drops August 17 via Castle Face. They’re kicking off a tour this weekend at Boston Calling.
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San Francisco garage rock band Thee Oh Sees is anything but slow-paced when it comes to releasing new material. Checking in with at least one and often two full-length albums per year for the past few years, the group is continuing their streak with a new release on April 16, an LP titled Floating Coffin. The record's final track, "Minotaur," is currently available to stream above.
"Minotaur" sees Thee Oh Sees further exploring the rough-around-the-edges sound they create via fuzzy guitars, garage-influenced percussion, and raw but not punishingly lo-fi production. A sonic addition such as the subtle yet well-orchestrated strings is successful, as are frontman John Dwyer's vocals, which straddle sung and spoken delivery with a charming sense of ease. The song's seemingly carefree nature is complemented by its assured songwriting, which progresses it forward effectively. It is this developed composition which lends the track an element of maturity that separates Thee Oh Sees from the hundreds of amateur indie rock bands shooting after a similar style of music.