Thee Oh Sees' "Putrifiers II"
- Article by: Seth Graves
- Posted: 09/08/2012
San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees hit a hell of a home run with last year’s Castelmania, a shizophrenic psych-pop magnum opus full of directionless melodies and eclectic instrumentation. The trouble was, when we saw the band live (and we saw them a LOT) the drugadelic, psychotropic intricacies of the record weren’t even attempted to be replicated to par, or at all, for that matter. What we got was a completely different sounding band, still brandishing a headful of lysergic garage stomp, but sounding much more like the band on the opening track “Wax Face” from their latest Putrifiers II, assuming all too quickly that, (like their live show), this document would eschew the eerie dynamics and intricacies to sound more like the touring act.
But the ominously hummable, requiem drone of “So Nice” says otherwise. There are certainly more than a few quieter introspective sidewalks to the center of the mind – including The Byrds-flu ballad “Goodbye Baby” – but those are simply interludes between ‘60s-frat-house-on-bath-salts ragers like “Wax Face,” “Lupine Dominus” and “Flood’s New Light.” So you got your highs, your lows, your all-but-harsh mellows, and psychotic reactions that all add up to one well-designed drug of an album.