Thee Oh Sees
Carrion Crawler/The Dream - IN THE RED
FILTER Grade: 86%
By Erin Hall on November 16, 2011
Thee Oh Sees’ Castlemania scored rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Not content to coast, however, the band has released a second 2011 LP entitled Carrion Crawler/The Dream. It was recorded in a matter of days and does an admirable job of capturing the electric spirit of the band’s live shows. Stacking up well alongside contemporaries like Black Lips, Quintron and King Khan, Thee Oh Sees blend convulsive punk with head-lolling psychedelia. The album opener and title track is simplistic, blissed-out, high-energy rock and roll with an irresistibly sexy guitar walkdown that pounds itself into your brain. “Crack in Your Eye” is all dirty growls, where “Robber Barons” employs a spacier sneer. The swirling, cacophonous tangents of “Chem-Farmer” make for a trippy ride, but if “Crushed Grass” doesn’t get your pulse pounding, I feel sad for you. Frontman John Dwyer said his intention for this album was that it “pummel and throb.” Mission deliciously accomplished, sir.