Thee Oh Sees-Orc (2017)

My Rating: 70% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 74%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 79%

Average Rating: 74% (B-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Animated Violence
  2. Cadaver Dog
  3. Cooling Tower
  4. Drowned Beast
  5. Jettisoned
  6. Keys to the Castle
  7. Nite Expo
  8. Paranoise
  9. Raw Optics
  10. The Static God

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a darker version of Thee Oh Sees.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s super rad, big fan of this album cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Already do, as always Thee Oh Sees are good fun on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

I listen to Thee Oh Sees a lot…I’m not kidding, a lot. They’re definitely one of my go to bands for driving or waking up. I’ve seen them live three times now and plan on seeing them every time they make it out to Vancouver. Dwyer is one of my all time favourite musicians and I will listen to every damn thing he makes. Orc was a solid release that holds up, but it’s not their greatest. Unlike other Oh Sees albums, Orc doesn’t have that one track that makes my face melt (although The Static God is pretty damn close). There just wasn’t as much for me to go fanboy crazy about on Orc, and it’s not that it’s necessarily a bad album (it’s not) but it’s not a very memorable one either. I wish for a second Floating Coffin, but obviously bands move in different directions and I can’t fault them for that, I just wish it hit as hard as their previous work has.

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Thee Oh Sees-The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In (2008)

My Rating: 93% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 72%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Block Of Ice
  2. Visit Colonel
  3. Grease 2
  4. Ghost in the Trees
  5. Two Drummers Disappear
  6. Graveyard Drug Party
  7. The Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night in
  8. Grease
  9. Adult Acid
  10. The Coconut
  11. Maria Stacks
  12. Poison Finger
  13. You Will See This Dog Before You Die
  14. Quadrospazzed
  15. Koka Kola Jingle

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to rock out/dance.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It creeps me out, I love it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Own it on vinyl, haven’t spun it yet, though.

Final Thoughts:

This is one of those albums that I didn’t know how familiar I was with it until I sat down and listened to the whole thing. Damn every second song is one that made me have an “oh yeah, this song is friggin’ rad” moment. Thee Oh Sees will always be one of those landmark bands for me, a band that points to a specific time in my life as well as a gateway drug to some of my other favourite bands currently. The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In is the bridge between the old Oh Sees and the current Oh Sees, it helps explain the evolution of the band. It’s a great record for newbies to start with, as well as just a really solid album in general. Easy to dance to; easier to dance to with a cheap beer in hand.

Thee Oh Sees-Floating Coffin (2013)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Jen Yip (abandonsight) Rating: 94%

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 89%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. I Come From The Mountain
  2. Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster
  3. Floating Coffin
  4. No Spell
  5. Strawberries 1 + 2
  6. Maze Francier
  7. Night Crawler
  8. Sweet Helicopter
  9. Tunnel Time
  10. Minotaur

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for psychedelic/melodic punk.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I like it but it scares the shit out of a lot of my friends.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Own it on vinyl already and it’s good times.

Final Thoughts:

It all started with Cheap Beer by FIDLAR for me, from there I was discovering a heavier genre of music that I typically avoided. I found an article that recommended both Thee Oh Sees and Jay Reatard (thank you, thank you, thank you) and added Floating Coffin to my library. It sat untouched for quite some time, until the day Minotaur came onto shuffle. I must’ve listened to that song 20 times back to back on my drive home from Christina Lake that day. From there I found Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster and the rest is history. I see this band every time they come through Vancouver, and I have every intention to continue doing so. Thee Oh Sees are their own unique brand of fun, and I so wish for all my friends to be as into them as I am. Start with Minotaur, then see if you can branch into the heavier stuff. Floating Coffin is the perfect drop in album.

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