Thee Oh Sees have made a hell of a lot of LPs, but 2011’s ‘Castlemania’ emerges from a crowded field as one of their finest hours. Combining the fuzz of Ty Segall, the wackiness of Avey Tare and the highwire energy of Jay Reatard, ‘Castlemania’ is full of invention and has songs to burn. A better record of modern garage rock you are not likely to hear.
Vinyl Double LP £26.99 ITR208
Repress 2LP on In The Red.
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Hurrah! A new Oh Sees record from those ever reliable folks at In The Red. It's hard to come up with anything new to say about this band. You're probably already familiar with them, they've been at the forefront of this latest garage rock boom for some time, but if not this is as good a time as any to get acquainted. This is an album full of deceptively simple garage pop ditties whose delivery and throwaway lyrics kind of remind me of the Frogs in places, but with beautifully 60s psych-inflected arrangements and lots of clattery lo-fi charm. It's pretty varied stuff; everything from ballads to scratchy noise-punk. Ty Segall crops up on a couple of tracks which makes sense because that album he did last year had a very similar kind of charm to it. Everything you want from Thee Oh Sees, really - childish but not puerile, noisy but tuneful, psychedelic but concise, obnoxious but lovely.
i do not own a THEE OH SEES record! So i think i should do something about that!! This sounds bloody fantastic, lovely and shambolic, whilst making me smile!! Up THEE OH SEES, up the NORMS!!
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