With the lure of a snake charmer, John Dwyer returns from the dark with demon punk power. Thee Oh Sees’ second LP this year, Carrion Crawler/The Dream brings the band back in a bigger, heavier way. From the first vibrating chords of the Side A opener, this record is a deep, dark trip for the modern psychedelic punk.
The album is a loose, jammy block of DIY-fi garage punk, quite the opposite of the record he put out this summer. Instead, Dwyer brings his bandmates back in the studio for a rougher ride than the largely solo Castlemania. The quartet expands Dwyer’s distorted visions, cakes them in thunder and sludge, cackling demon at the helm.
Rolling percussion, rumbling bass, and echoing waves of noise wash over each track, guitar left to rattle and clang against the tide or flood the moment with feedback-heavy red-hot leads. Thee Oh Sees show they’re a full-fledged band, far from the experimental solo work that birthed this. It’s a trip for lovers of living, fire-breathing music, finger on the pulse of garage sounds of the past, bloodshot eye to the future.