Finally the moment everyone had been waiting for, Thee Oh See’s! Standing nice and close to the front of the stage, within a millisecond of the garage, psych rock band beginning the set - one swift movement and the death pit was in full swing. Within seconds I copped an elbow to the face, but I couldn’t have been happier.
For those of you who don’t know who Thee Oh Sees are, they are an American garage rock band from San Francisco, California formed in 1997. The band currently consists of primary songwriter and core member John Dwyer (vocals, guitar), Tim Hellman (bass) and drummers, Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon. Thee Oh Sees sound incorporates a wide range of rock genres, including 1960s garage rock infused with psychedelic, punk rock, and 1980s post-punk.
Nasally intoned but eerily sexy vocal’s, belting out with falsettos and a Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer absolutely killing it on his electric at the Miami Tavern Saturday night. Fortunately for us the sound was amplified by the dual drumming attack of Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon.
The drummers played their side-by-side kits in extraordinary unison, providing a tight backbeat whiles Hellman's baseline furthered this out-of-ones-mind performance and sent the crowd into a frenzy. Playing “The Dream” earlier on in the set got the crowd primed and ready as the band cycled through tunes off its 2015 Castle Face release, Mutilator Defeated At Last, playing tracks like “Poor Queen,” and “Withered Hand” then finishing off with “Contraption/Soul Desert”.
The room was an absolute sweatbox with people moving and flowing like a giant body-crushing wave. If you have the opportunity to experience this body crushing wave at one of their lunatic live shows, definitely do! Thee Oh See’s will be hitting Wollongong, Geelong, Melbourne then finishing off the tour in Freemantle.