Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler / The Dream
John Dwyer’s Thee Oh Sees have grown into a full five-piece band now, and with that comes a far more varied sound than their previous releases, moving away from the lengthy long-form jams into hook-laden, grubby rock ‘n’ roll. Originally put together as two separate EPs, there’s quite a meaty chunk of material on offer and thankfully it’s all pretty damn rocking.
The cutting bass lines and screeching guitars of ‘The Dream’ drive along with equal parts attitude and melody, while the hazy, reverb-laden stomp of ‘Robber Barons’ shows them getting a little loose and trippy. The scuzzy riffs come thick and fast, so much so that you find yourself nodding your head without even realising. The closing fuzz-fest of the aptly titled ‘Heavy Doctor’ finish off the album in juddering, noisy style replete with retro organ drones and a throbbing rhythm section. Carrion Crawler / The Dream makes a good case for being Thee Oh Sees' most well rounded album yet.