Thee Oh Sees: “Flood’s New Light”
Their name sounds like it was stolen from some late-60s regional one-hit wonder, and their sound approximates what happens when you follow your Electric Prunes, Jefferson Airplane and The Fugs with a Cramps chaser. They are Thee Oh Sees, and they’re here to make your lysergic dreams come true.
The psych-rock flavors may have something to do with the town the band calls home: San Francisco. Thee Oh Sees leader John Dwyer came to the city to make music in the late 90s after leaving his native Rhode Island. Before getting Thee Oh Sees together in the mid-aughts, the very-productive Dwyer was a member of Bay Area garage acts like Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes and Up It’s Alive (to name a few). Thee Oh Sees grew out of a solo project Dwyer called OCS, which stood for–at different times–Orinoka Crash Suite, Orange County Sound and, likely, more than a few others before blossoming into a full band.
On September 11, the band will release their 14th long-player since 2004 (if you count the records under all the band’s different incarnations). Past albums held very garage-punk names like 2008′s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In, 2009′s Dog Poison, and 2010′s Warm Slime. The new LP follows in that grand tradition with the name Putrifiers II. But don’t let the title scare you, because contained within is some tasty psychedelic rock, like today’s song of the day “Flood’s New Light.” It’s actually a pretty darn poppy tune, full of day-glo flower power flourishes and a chorus hook so sweet it’ll stick to your teeth. It’s a song tailor-made for your next love-in.