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While Castlemania is built on the ‘60s garage foundation that ignites many of Thee Oh Sees’ albums, there is a loose, disjointed, avant-jazz vibe at play here as well.  The shambling, acoustic opener, “I Need Seed,” is not an indicator of what lies ahead: “Corprophagist” and “Stinking Cloud” have eerie, vaporous synths and flutes, and the skronky “Corrupted Coffin” feels like early-‘80s New York No Wave, while hazy mellotron collages form “The Horse Was Lost.”  But tunes like the twinkling “Pleasure Blimps” make a U-turn back into ‘60s psych-pop, and “The Whipping Continues” and “A Wall, a Century 2” are stomping, fuzz-box garage rockers in the best of the tradition. Amidst the handful of covers are blissful, lysergic takes on the Creation’s “If I Stay Too Long” and “I Won’t Hurt You” by the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Castlemania is rough around the edges, a little uneven, and -- as we’ve come to expect from Thee Oh Sees — pretty darn exciting.

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Henry Rollins likes you guys..

Straight from a tweet from Rollins:Have you ever checked out the Oh Sees? Great band, I think. I am digging their new album at the moment. It's called Castlemania.

via) EvilNeverDies@Twitter


If you don't have this album your a jerkface.


I absolutely love this album. kinda suprised its gotten no critical acclaim. it desevers it. perfect.


Formed: 1997 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the cornerstone bands of the post-millennium garage/psych resurgence, Thee Oh Sees represent a purposefully chaotic fusion of guitar and synth noise, strong and elemental melodies, and addled but focused attacks. Thee Oh Sees were founded by guitarist John Dwyer; originally from Providence, Rhode Island, after relocating to California in the late '90s, Dwyer became active on the San Francisco indie scene, working with several bands, including the Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes, Up Its Alive,...
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