Report: Thee Oh Sees Live in Portland

 

 

December 1 at the Doug Fir Lounge, along with
opening act Total Control, the noisy quintet raised a righteous racket.

 

By Tim Hinely

I wanted to get
there early enough to catch Portland’s
Mean Jeans (Dirtnap Records) but did not make it. Arrived a bit after Total
Control had hit the stage. This punishing 5-piece, who hail from Australia and feature members of UV Race and
Eddy Current Suppression Ring, hit hard with a 2-guitar attack, a rock-solid
rhythm section and a vocalist who actually emotes. At different points in their
set I turned to my pal and stated “This song sounds like Mission of Burma!” or
“This one sounds like Wire!” so you know they’ve got good taste.

 

After missing
Thee Oh Sees last year as part of the Scion Garage Fest, I was hungry, starving
even, to see them. They delivered the goods and quite mightily. The guitarists
both wear their guitars up high (and probably have skirmishes in the van over
who has more tattoos) and put their fingers in places on the fretboard that
others have never dared to go. Meanwhile the two drummers gleefully whack away
with broad smiles and the female keyboardist standing behind them holds it all
together.  As far as I could tell they
played songs mostly off of their two 2011 releases (Castlemania and Carrion
Crawler/The Dream
) and it all sounded superbly righteous. These five looked
like they could’ve played ‘til sun up if the club allowed it, but alas, as the
clock struck 12 it all had to come to an end. Catch ‘em before you (or they)
die.

 

 

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