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Smote Reverser

by Oh Sees

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Xtra Happy
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Xtra Happy One of the strongest albums put out so far by the Oh Sees. Smote is a krauty, thrashy and at times funky blend of their signature garage rock styling. While I feel 'Anthemic Aggresor' can drag a tad, the rest more than makes up for it, with tracks like the banger opening 'Sentient Oona', the driving 'C', and the drowned out psychy 'Flies Bump Up [...]'

Also, whoever runs the Bandcamp page included Overthrown and C twice at the end of the tracklist by accident (What is the point of it? Aaah!) Favorite track: C.
Marcin Wielewski
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Marcin Wielewski The diversity of styles, instruments and genres is out of scale. Favorite track: Overthrown.
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hombal many styles blend together in a tasty dish... J.D. is a genius... simply love his style....recommended especially for those who like F.Zappa Favorite track: C.
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C 04:21
Overthrown 02:41
Last Peace 07:41
Moon Bog 04:56
Abysmal Urn 03:25
Beat Quest 06:04
Overthrown 02:41
Murdered Flayed Sucking Disease What is the point of it all? Flee Bleed Fucking bled clean What is the point of it all? Dead Hard Flecked with disease What is the point of it all? Running Stabbed Innocent lives What is the point of it all? Ceiling Walls Freckled with blood What is the point of it all? Curdled Rot Brindled with shot What is the point of it all? Please Please Down on your knees What is the point of it all? Barren Burned Vacant of trees This is the end of it all
C 04:21


Crack the coffers, Oh Sees have spawned another frothy LP of head-destroying psych epics to grok and rock out to. You’ll notice the fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess courtesy of "Memory of a Cut Off Head” alum and noted key-stabber Tom Dolas...the Quattrone/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 Reverser 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. Hope you’re hungry as these platters are piled high

Available on physical formats here [^._.^]ノ彡


released August 17, 2018

John Dwyer: Guitars, Vocals, synths, samples, effects, Mellotron, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Golden Throat, hand percussion and marching boots

Tim Hellman: Bass

Dan Rincon: Drums

Paul Quattrone: Drums, samples, timbale and shakers

Brigid Dawson: Vocals

Tomas Dolas: B3 Organ, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Mellotron and synth

Mario Ramirez and Enrique Tena Padilla: Marching boots

Heather Lockie's viola was sampled for “Last Peace”

Produced, recorded and mixed by John Dwyer, Eric Bauer and Enrique Tena Padilla

Engineered by Eric Bauer, Enrique Tena Padilla and Mario Ramirez

Mastered and cut for vinyl by JJ Golden

Art by Matthew Stawicki


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Osees Los Angeles, California

Psych-punk psychic warrior, ear worm-farmer, and possessor of many stamped passport pages John Dwyer does not let up. His group Oh Sees (aka Thee Oh Sees, OCS, The Oh Sees, etc) have transmogrified to fit many a moment - from hushed druggy folk to groovy demonic pop chants to science fictional krautrock expanse and beyond - to suit his omnivorous whims. ... more

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