Thee Oh Sees are a band who’ll leave you feeling like you’ve been in the ring with Rocky after seeing them in the flesh. Their live shows have become known for their gripping and exhilarating nature and tonight at SWX they prove they can still pull it out the bag.
Their show Bristol show comes as a slightly random fixture in their European dates and seems to be tethered onto their appearance at Field Day. Although obviously to the guitar music fans in Bristol it was grabbed with open arms and no tickets were left for the taking.
Their renewed dual drummer lineup brings enormous power as they drop choice cuts from their prolific catalogue. This works most effectively on classics from the ‘Floating Coffin’ period like ‘Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster’. They bring all the fan favourites though, whether that’s the much needed respite of ‘Sticky Hulks’ or the choppier and more menacing ‘The Dream’.
You really can’t pick out a single highlight from the set though. John Dwyer makes a fitting tribute to the London terror attacks before throwing us deep into a cavernous moshpit. It’s chaos from start to end and leaves us gasping for a cold one at The Lanes after party. This is a band you have to see live to truly grasp. It’s like sailing a stormy sea of guitar chops. Tonight they showed Bristol how it’s done.
Check out ‘Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster’ right here: