Does John Dwyer ever sleep? We’ve lost count of the amount of LPs Dwyer has recorded with Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees/OCS/whatever they’re called at any given moment. Of course, we and the rest of the listening public wouldn’t keep pace with the band if they weren’t so consistently good. Smote Reverser - by, in this case, just Oh Sees - is yet another feather in the group’s cap. The eleven tracks here are yet further dollops of riffy goodness from the kings of contemporary garage rock. As you might have been able to guess from the artwork there’s also a bit of a prog flavour to some of the numbers.
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Crack the coffers, Oh Sees have spawned another frothy album of head-destroying psych-epics to grok and rock out to. Notice the fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess courtesy of Memory Of A Cut Off Head-alum and noted key-stabber Tom Dolas, while the Paul Quattrone / Dan Rincon drum-corps polyrhythmic pulse continues to astound and pound in equal measure, buttressed by the nimble fingered bottom end of Sir Tim Hellman the Brave and the shred-heaven fret frying of John Dwyer, whilst Lady Brigid Dawson again graces the wax with her harmonic gifts. Aside from the familiar psych-scorch familiar to soggy pit denizens the world over, there’s a fresh heavy-prog vibe that fits like a worn-in jean jacket comfortably among hairpin metal turns and the familiar but no less horns-worthy guitar fireworks Dwyer’s made his calling card. Perhaps the most notable thing about Smote Destroyer is the artistic restlessness underpinning its flights of fancy. Dwyer refuses to repeat himself and for someone with such a hectic release schedule, that stretching of aesthetic borders and omnivorous appetite seems all the more superhuman!
- 1 Sentient Oona 0:30 Oh Sees
- 2 Enrique El Cobrador 0:30 Oh Sees
- 3 C 0:30 Oh Sees
- 4 Overthrown 0:30 Oh Sees
- 5 Last Peace 0:30 Oh Sees
- 6 Moon Bog 0:30 Oh Sees
- 7 Anthemic Aggressor 0:30 Oh Sees
- 8 Abysmal Urn 0:30 Oh Sees
- 9 Nail House Needle Boys 0:30 Oh Sees
- 10 Flies Bump Against The Glass 0:30 Oh Sees
- 11 Beat Quest 0:30 Oh Sees