Didn’t Thee Oh Sees split up a year or so ago? I’m pretty sure they did, but it obviously didn’t last long, because they are back back back with a new album! I guess John Dwyer just couldn’t hold the garage-rock energy back any longer. A Weird Exits is extra-rhythmic (two drummers) and extra-hypnotising: it's also spread across 2 LPs, with the D-side containing an etching. On Dwyer’s own Castle Face imprint.

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A Weird Exits by Thee Oh Sees
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8/10 Robin 09 August 2016

“Two drummers!!!” is pretty much my favourite thing to say ever. Everyone’s impressed: not only one loud thing that neighbours complain about, but two. Two! For ‘A Weird Exits’ Thee Oh Sees finally employ their twin drums on a record, with Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon playing as percussive equals (rather than the kind of second fiddle set-up that gets you Whiplash-level shenanigans). Maybe it’s the drums themselves that make this thing sound so meaty, or maybe it’s just how much the second punch enfranchises the band -- each player sounds amplified towards fire and fury.

Their prolificacy makes them a jam band on spec, but this record might be one of the finest examples of their incredibly intense approach to garage rock -- huge, galloping solos are followed by quirking synths, the two often quacking concurrently in a bright cacophony. The rhythm section is being turned up the volumes, more than anything: those drums sound loud and furious even at their most table-setting, as if reminding everyone to stay in the red.

When thee Sees go in for their more wall-bounced psychedelic sound, they keep it loud and chaotic, with “Plastic Plant” and its slipping guitars sounding as lush as this gnarly band can. “Crawl Out From the Fall Out” begins focused on little percussive timbres a la supreme drum listener Keiji Haino, before growing organically into a weirdly gorgeous and cinematic ballad. In moments like this you can hear the band stretching beyond their capabilities, trying to make something special -- this far in, that’s a delight, and there’s nothing like hearing a band’s enthusiasm come out of the very instruments they’re playing.

10/10 Greg B. 4th February 2017

It’s amazing to think that not only are Thee Oh Sees incredibly prolific, but they have also remained consistent as well. Since 2003, they’ve managed to release 18 albums so far (this being their 17th, the 18th being the recently-released companion album ‘An Odd Entrances’). If you could pick out one album from their prolific back catalogue, A Weird Exits may just be the cream of the crop. Lead by the blown-out guitar sound and ragged howl of the ever-present John Dwyer, the music on this album is massive, with hard/garage/psychedelic rock tones played with such energy and intensity that they could easily melt people’s faces off. While they hold nothing back on some of the guitar-heavy tracks, they’re also not afraid to experiment with other styles too. On the two instrumental tracks, the music leans towards Krautrock, and space rock complete with electronics - it’s ultimately an intense experience, but they make them subtle enough not to sound claustrophobic. Making good use of their two drummers, it gives them the freedom to stretch things out a bit, especially on the last two tracks, one being an almost-orchestral but psychedelic jam that’s worthy of its eight minutes and the other being an organ-driven ballad which eventually collapses in a wall of fuzz and insanity. With A Weird Exits, they’re able to drift through various genres and twist them out of shape, and overall it shows Thee Oh Sees playing with more laser-sharp focus and dynamic tension than ever before. It’s fair to say that they are currently unsung heroes in rock music today, but hopefully with this album, they’re finally going to get the recognition they deserve.

8/10 Chris Customer rating (no review), 8th November 2016
10/10 Landon Customer rating (no review), 24th August 2016



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