It’s appropiate that Thee Ohsees have created their own label as a subsidary of famed Sub-Pop Records because they sound as if they should have been around in the early ’90s. Lo-fi recordings, blues-based garage tunes with early experimental punk leanings, John Dwyer (of Coachwhips) has slowly put together a band that on one hand sounds like The Velvet Underground (with Nico), and on the other sounds like The Breeders — due to the shared vocal presence of Brigid Dawson who sounds eerily like Kim Deal.
Formerly known as OCS, Thee Ohsees have a close tie to Dave Sitek (guitarist for and producer of TV on the Radio) which doesn’t hurt in getting them any cred within the indie world, but even without the famous friend they should be demi gods within the d.i.y. underground. How many other bands have the gusto to do a minute and a half worth of feedback and sounds on their album and call it a song, not once but twice (“untitled drone #1,” “untitled drone #2”)?!
But ballsy studio experimentation aside, none of that would matter if the band didn’t have the melodies to make them a band. And they do. Schizophrenic in tone and texture, “It Killed Mom,” “Ship” and “Golden Phones” are merely three examples of why Sucks Blood is worth your attention.
Thee Ohsees: www.myspace.com/ohsees