a: Carol Anne
b: Bloody Waters
Thee Oh Sees have been the one constant band for me in 2008. I found out about this combo earlier this year with their newest album “The Masters Bedroom is Worth Spending the Night In” (though I don’t want to spoil my “year end list”, suffice it to say that this is at the top), and then spent a good deal of time tracking down everything else I could find (still looking for a copy of “Sucks Blood” on vinyl – NE1??). After 7 LPs (!!!), 3 EPs and 1 6″ Lathe cut, this is the first time Thee Oh Sees find themselves on the 7″ record format, which is a little surprising really.
Slowboy out of Germany released this 7″, and though I paid for this way back in September, it only just arrived the other day, definitely living up to their name. There is a chance they might have a few copies if you miss out on the few that have come through distros (Florida’s Dying should have some soon-ish).
What can you expect to hear on this record? All of Thee Oh Sees of the “Master’s Bedroom…” era incarnation of the band are here – primitive rock-and-roll played heavy on the floor tom; John Dwyer/Brigid Dawson sing-shouting in unison (with Brigid sometimes falling into the background for shapeless harmonizing); lots of Space Echo and spring-verb. “Carol Anne” is a highlight for me – holding up to any of their best songs, and for that matter “Bloody Waters” is just as good. Plus, I’m not 100%, but sounds like a short instrumental freakout on the B-Side.
This is as good as it get kids, grab a copy before you can’t.