Tuesday, May 05, 2009


John Dwyer's latest garage pop outfit, Thee Oh Sees, just nabbed a ragin' 8.0 Pitchfork review for the Help album on In The Red.

With an album this retro-minded, there's a desire to pick apart all its myriad influences, and indeed, I could spend my entire word count investigating nods to the Small Faces, 13th Floor Elevators, the Troggs, and others, but that would be missing the point. The important thing here is that Thee Oh Sees incorporate the oft-referenced Nuggets stuff in a way that feels reverential. With grinding guitars and bah-bah-bah vocals, tracks like "Meat Step Lively" and "Go Meet the Seed" owe everything to this style, but with the punk and new-wave elements also at play, they don't feel trite or plagiarized. Even if they did, these guys sound so much more authentic than almost anyone else doing this kind of thing that one wonders if it would matter...."
Read the full review here.

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