“Grease 2” (by Thee Oh Sees)
Thee Oh Sees headlined April 4th's wfmu-curated FMA party at The Bell House in Industrial Brooklyn, and it felt like fire on the Gowanus Canal. This is the newest project from Johnny Dwyer (Coachwhips, Zeigenbock Kopf). And it's not to be confused with the group's previous aquarian life playing dreamy backporch psych-folk as OCS. Thee Oh Sees have a new record out on top-notch garage-punk label In The Red (home to Vivian Girls, The Dirtbombs, and Dan Melchior's Broke Revue).
Johnny Dwyer's punk tude was in full effect. He only wore his guitar at nerd-height when he wasn't dragging it across the floor like a schoolyard bully. He scolded Petey Dammit for tuning his jazzmaster between sets, calling him unprofessional and asking (at the beginning of "Meat Step Lively" below) "do you want [wfmu music director] Brian Turner to call you a douche on the air?". [BT probably will be callin' JP Dwyer himself a d-bag or worse once he sees the graffiti left by the oc's in the Bell House back stall...]. Dwyer chomped on the mic during each count off, shorting out the tape. Mike Shoun chugs along on the drums, while Bridgid Dawson adds the ocs' signature harmonies and crucial tamborine. Most of these songs are available on Thee Oh Sees' new CD/LP Help (In The Red).
Huge thanks to Glenn Luttman for engineering, to Thee Oh Sees for comin all the way out here from San Francisco, to all the good people at the Bell House, and to everyone who helped make this event possible.
Grease 2 by Thee Oh Sees is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.