Thee Oh Sees at Underground Arts | Philadelphia, PA | 10/30/13
There’s a line in an old Cometbus that goes something like, “a band really isn’t worth their salt unless they sweat and scream and nearly die up there.” I’m pretty sure he was talking about Radon but I always think of it when I see Thee Oh Sees. They are such a large sonic presence, so steady, it’s oddly overwhelming. To be there with them while they play is a deep and profound joy that you experience with your entire body. People don’t know how to react to what’s happening, but they want the band to know, or just can’t help themselves— they are grinning like idiots. Sometimes-bassist / sometimes-2nd guitarist Petey Dammit knows to expect this, and he finds them, sweetly looking at the crowd in the eyes, smiling back and nodding like he’s experiencing it from the outside, too while he relentlessly drives the groove forward. It’s a cliché, but I watched them play three times this week and I honestly don’t know how they do it every night.
The last leg of their current tour with The Blind Shake and OBN III’s is bound for: Atlanta (tonight!), Miami, Gainesville, New Orleans, Austin, Albuquerque, San Diego, Santa Ana, and wraps up with two dates in Los Angeles on 11/14 & 11/15.
Hey guys, look it’s Big Ups. Y’all like Big Ups?
Fuzz at Kung Fu Necktie; Philadelphia, PA 10/11/13
OBN III’s at Beerland; Austin, TX. 3/16/13.
Well guess who’s headed our way.
Austin’s own OBN III’s are back in New York City July 24th to play the Mercury Lounge.
Bruce Springsteen - Backstreets (Hammersmith)
No time to upload photos for the next 3 weeks. This is better anyway.
(Source: jujianne, via filtermagazine)
Nobunny and his band (Bad Sports) at the Goner showcase, Beerland 3.15.13
That’s the A-Team right there, dig it.
Thee Oh Sees on 3.15.13, Panache Booking Party at Hotel Vegas
( Immediately after this show I crossed back over I-35 to go see Nobunny and by the time I made it back The Oh Sees were already playing another set next door. )
One of my favorite things about SX this year was at the 11th hour, when everything was almost definitively over (Sunday night), The Oh Sees were still hanging out and going to shows. They would’ve had full-license to be completely over it by then but instead John Dwyer was up front jumping up and down and going bananas for the Blind Shake like he’d just gotten into town. Let them be an example to us all. Oh Sees, we love and salute you.