“Thee Oh Sees are one of my happy place bands. I can listen to any one of their records and feel better.” – Henry Rollins
“No point in arguing. Best band in the world” – Marc Riley BBC 6 / The Fall
OSEES (aka Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees, OCS, The Oh Sees, etc) return to Australia this February off the back of 26th (!) album A Foul Form and a reputation as one of the world’s greatest live acts.
“Compared to the grander constructs of their latter-day Oh Sees albums, A Foul Form is a hit and run job where the music jumps in, leaves everyone stunned, and splits before the cops can show up. It’s a manic blast of pure energy with lots of smarts if you’re looking for them, and demonstrates Osees are never short on daring, ideas, and the skills to make them work.” – All Music
OSEES have transmogrified over time to fit many a moment. Mainstay singer/ guitarist John Dwyer forming the band in 1997 to suit his omnivorous whims; from hushed druggy folk to groovy demonic pop chants to science fictional krautrock expanse and beyond. It’s a formula – or lack of – that has endured them a worldwide cult-following and the enduring love of critics and fans alike.
It is common knowledge however, that at their shows, you’re there asking for a beating. 20 years going and the shows keep getting more and more intense, as many a soupy swarm can attest.
“Describing the experience of a Thee Oh Sees show is an exercise in futility, like trying to explain the vastness of the Grand Canyon to someone who has only seen it in pictures.” – Denver Post
“Overall, witnessing Osees live for the first time in a few years felt like the aural/physical equivalent of taking a beer-soaked lightning-bolt-fueled rollercoaster ride for over an hour straight. If that sounds fun and intense, well, it sure as fuck was.” – Glider Magazine
It has been four years since the then Oh Sees visited our shores but it will be the first for Osees.