The ever-prolific Thee Oh Sees have returned once again with the announcement of new album A Weird Exits and some pretty artwork. There’s something charming about the band and their ability to conjure up psych-garage-rock on a whim in the same vein as Ty Segall’s perfect garage-rock. ‘Plastic Plant’ has similarities with classic psych-rock and the modern psychedelia that King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are cooking up in Australia. Monolithic solos are in, catchy choruses are in, pop is in. That’s not to say it isn’t freaky and weird, there’s twin-tracked whispered vocals that soften you up before the electrifying instrumentals kick in.
It might not be the most original thing on the block, but at least Thee Oh Sees inject some urgency and pace back into psych-rock, plus they can play it well. The guitar solos aren’t tedious at all, with each one being different from the last. The vocals don’t scream out wildly, which works in Thee Oh Sees favour as it sounds a bit like a fey indie-popper from the 90s discovering T-Rex, Jimi Hendrix and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. It’s a six minute song, which allows Thee Oh Sees to experiment a bit, especially in the second half, where the current lineup with two drummers really comes alive. When the guitars aren’t blaring out, just listen to those drums.