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.