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October 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

For California’s prolific Thee Oh Sees, everything old is new | Concert preview

Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees perform live at Seattle’s Crocodile Monday. Photo by Matías Corral.

Recent years have produced an explosion of 1960s-inspired garage-rock outfits, but at the end of the day, there’s Thee Oh Sees — who play The Crocodile this coming Monday — and then there’s everybody else.

Stripping rock’n’roll down to its primordial elements — guitar, bass, keys, drums, passion — the San Francisco troupe has a flair for breathing new life into old sounds, and a hard-fought reputation for turning the rooms they play into frenzied dance-offs — like “American Bandstand” for cool kids.

Thee Oh Sees’ gigs are so memorable they almost discourage repeat business because people don’t want that memory tainted, yet the group always finds ways to outdo itself.

Best of all, it’s an experience you can take home. To recapture a wild live show in a studio setting is impressive, and singer-guitarist John Dwyer, keyboardist-vocalist Brigid Dawson, bassist Petey Dammit, drummer Mike Shoun and auxiliary percussionist Lars Finberg (also of Seattle’s The Intelligence) give listeners the opportunity at least once a year, sometimes more.

From 2009’s rowdy “Help!” to 2010’s hypnotic “Warm Slime” and this year’s macabre “Floating Coffin,” the band’s records are noisy, trippy and propulsive, crackling with kinetic energy.

Punk, garage, psychedelia — Thee Oh Sees do it all, and do it well. Bear witness Monday. Minneapolis’ bracing The Blind Shake and Austin’s snotty OBN IIIs open.

Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, OBN IIIs
8 p.m. Monday at The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-4618 or thecrocodile.com)

Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: garage, psychedelic, San Francisco


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