Thee Oh Sees Killed It, Even Without Lars Finberg
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM
John Dwyer's best lick.
What the hell?! Thee Oh Sees started their set on the Main Stage five minutes early. That may be a first in the history of live music. Anyway, Thee Oh Sees wasted zero seconds kicking into the highest gear. At this point, with hundreds of gigs logged, they’re a lethally efficient garage-rock machine... but, you best believe, with soul.
The San Francisco-based group were sans Lars Finberg on drums (the Intelligence have their own tour going on now), but they added a dude named Miles on tambourine and bell tree. Even without the Stranger Genius award winner, Thee Oh Sees pretty much rent the Seattle sky as thoroughly as they did at last year’s Bumbershoot.
Thee Oh Sees make some mean crowd-surf rock.
At their best, they make ebullient, krautrock-influenced garage rock that’s seemingly fueled by vats of Monsta Joose. Led by guitarist/vocalist John Dwyer, Thee Oh Sees blast away decades of historical dust from these genres and against great odds make them sound as vital as tomorrow. Lots of favorites got aired—“Tidal Wave,” “Enemy Destruct,” Block of Ice,” "Warm Slime," “Contraption/Soul Desert,” “The Dream”—and the show was exhilarating enough to make me late for my next assignment, Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang. Yeah, Thee Oh Sees were that fiery.