San Francisco psych-rock warriors Thee Oh Sees, (or more specifically, John Dwyer), are back from their hilariously brief hiatus with a brilliant new record, Drop, out last week via Castle Face. Almost as much as their prolificness, Thee Oh Sees and the rest of the noisier San Francisco scene (Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, etc.) are known for starting their respective albums off with a bang. Dwyer and co. don’t disappoint – “Penetrating Eye” is a high-voltage piece of sludgery.
After 45 seconds or so of Zombies-esque electronics (look at that album cover!), “Penetrating Eye” gnashes its teeth fiercely enough to make a Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin die-hard reconsider the darker side of Frisco. While nothing on Drop reaches “Penetrating Eye” levels of crunchiness, the album succeeds in its brevity and musicianship. The album ends before you know what hit you, so you’re being trampled again by “Penetrating Eye” after the 30-minute run time has ended. Hiatus or no, Thee Oh Sees are still strong, especially when Mikal Cronin shows up, blasting away on the catchy “Put Some Reverb on My Brother” and closer “The Lens”. Listen to “Penetrating Eye” below, and do yourself a favor and purchase the album. New Yorkers, you’re in luck, these guys are playing a free show this summer, so RSVP now!