Wed Oct 30 2013

8:00 PM

Underground Arts

1200 Callowhill Street Philadelphia, PA 19123

Ages 21+

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Bonfire presents:
Oh Sees with The Blind Shake & OBN III's

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  • Oh Sees

    Oh Sees

    Pop

    What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions Thee Oh Sees? Probably their riot-sparking live show, right? Visions of a guitar-chewing, melody-maiming John Dwyer careening across your cranium, rounded out by a wild-eyed wrecking crew that drives every last hook home like it’s a nail in the coffin of what you thought it meant to make 21st century rock ’n’ roll?

     Yeah, that sounds about right. But it misses a more important point—how impossible Thee Oh Sees have been been to pin down since Dwyer launched it in the late ‘90s as a solo break from such sorely missed underground bands as Pink and Brown and Coachwhips. (While Dwyer still records songs on his own, Thee Oh Sees is now a five-piece featuring keyboardist/singer Brigid Dawson, guitarist Petey Dammit, drummer Mike Shoun, and multi-instrumentalist/singer Lars Finberg.)

     That restlessness extends to everything from the towering, 13-minute title track of 2010’s Warm Smile LP to the mercurial moods of 2008’s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. And then there’s the Bay Area band’s recent track record, as Thee Oh Sees chased the home-brewed symphonies of Castlemania with the scrappy high wire hooks ofCarrion Crawler/The Dream. Originally envisioned as two EPs, it was cut live to tape in less than a week at Chris Woodhouse’s Sacramento studio in June, reflecting the battering ram bent of the band’s live show better than any bootleg ever could.

     “As I’m sure most would agree,” explains Dwyer, “Castlemania was more of a vocal tirade. This one’s meant to pummel and throb.”

     That it does, whether you blast the slow, speaker-bruising build of “The Dream,” the sunburnt organs and dovetailing guitars of “Crack In Your Eye,” or the interstellar instrumental that is “Chem-Farmer,” a perfect example of what happens when you take a well-oiled machine—a gang of rabid road warriors, really—and add a second, groove-locked drum set to the mix. To listen is to realize that Dwyer’s music is as manic as the underground comic inclinations of his artwork; colorful and confusing in a way that’s more than welcome. It’s downright refreshing, like a slap in the face at 5 in the morning.

     Or as Dwyer puts it, “You have to leave a mark somehow."

  • The Blind Shake

    The Blind Shake

    Music

    The Blind Shake are a detuned, garage-stomp, punk trio from Minneapolis, MN. Two brothers, Mike and Jim Blaha, front the band and play baritone and regular guitar respectively, while longtime chum Dave Roper plays drums.

    Known for ferocious live shows and collaborations with psychedelic noise legend Michael Yonkers, The Blind Shake have toured North American basements and bars for several years and have released six albums and a handful of singles.

  • OBN III's

    OBN III's

    Music

    OBN III’s started as a threat. In January 2010 that threat became a reality when they played their first of many shows at Beerland in Austin, TX. Orville Bateman Neeley III, the band’s singer and namesake, teamed up with Matt Hammer on drums, Jason Smith and Andrew Cashen on guitars and Graham Low on bass at the very end of 2009. With the intention of filling a spot on the show calendar this new band came together in two weeks with a 30 minute set of material. Success! Before long OBN III’s were playing every week in Austin, or so it seemed. Summer 2010 brought their first attempts at recording themselves aside from recording shows off the venue’s mixing board. Three people took interest (in releasing said material). Early the following year (2011) three 7” records were released, one on Super Secret Records of Austin and two on Tic Tac Totally of Chicago. During SXSW in March of 2011 the boys gave a monumental performance on the patio of Beerland for many hundred streetwalkers from all over the world, later reviewed twice by NME online. September 2011 marked the release their first full length ‘The One and Only’ on Tic Tac Totally records which has been lauded as the great return of rock’n‘roll and so on. OBNIII’s first tour in Summer 2012 furthered the listening public’s suspicion that these are in fact the new gods. October, 30 2012 marks the release of their latest full length LP in stores near you. See them, hear them, feel them when they hit the road again in early 2013.

Bonfire presents:

Oh Sees with The Blind Shake & OBN III's

Wed Oct 30 2013 8:00 PM

Underground Arts Philadelphia PA
Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, OBN III's
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Ages 21+