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    Thee Oh Sees – “Carrion Crawler / The Dream EP” – [In The Red Records]

    Orinoka Crash Suite. With the toot sweet amphetamine
    cheerleading bleeding rock, vocals more an instrument
    than a lyric delivery system. At times I wonder if John
    Dwyer just yelped syllables originally and penciled in
    the words much later. Tracks spiked by noise sprinkles,
    from sax whips on the opener, to robot hiccups on “Crushed
    Grass” to a 60’s sci-fi synth on “Wrong Idea.” Lots of
    times, Thee Oh Sees ride a crescendo’ing high note over
    the top of a song, sometimes a guitar effect overdriving,
    to help sustain the excitement propelled by drums where
    the brakes don’t work. Yeah, Dwyer may write killer riffs
    in his dreams, nurtured by power-chord pillows and
    half-step lumbar support but his 12-string slash and
    chucka-chucka-churn guitar playing is not to be overlooked.
    Nor the kraut rock karate moves mixed in here. Another
    KFJC hit, but when will Wes Anderson connect this band
    and Crispin Glover in a film. Waiting…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm
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