Back in March during the initial onset of coronavirus, garage rockers Oh Sees live streamed a concert that was billed as a rehearsal for their next album. Then four months went by and now the band has officially announced the release of Protean Threat, and with it have shared the album’s first single, “Dreary Nonsense”.
Protean Threat marks the group’s 23rd album overall since forming in San Francisco, CA back in 1997. Over the years the band has gone by many different monickers, including OCS, The Ohsees, The Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees, just plain Oh Sees, and on the new record Osees. Throughout all of the band’s permutations of names and members, founder John Dwyer has remained the one constant over 23 years of playing.
While Oh Sees’ sound has evolved over the years, seeing the band explore more progressive and even jazzy sounds, “Dreary Nonsense” finds Dwyer returning to the band’s garage punk roots. The 94-second tune immediately drops listeners into an uptempo, overdrive-laden guitar riff that, after some quick ascending licks, throws them straight profanity-laced lyrics. The song isn’t simple arthritis-inducing Ramones power chords either, as an array of distortion and effects elevate the song beyond the standard milieu of choppy punk songs.
In a rambling poetic statement that accompanied the album announce, Oh Sees referred to Protean Threat as being, “At the apogee of scuzz/ punk anthem amulets for your ears and heart/ a battery for your core.” Scroll down to see the full statement from Oh Sees announcing Protean Threat, as well as the album’s track list and the original March live stream where the band rehearsed the new album.
Listen to “Dreary Nonsense”, the first single from Protean Threat, below. Oh Sees’ new album is out on September 18th via Castle Face Records.
Osees — “Dreary Nonsense”
[Video: CASTLEFACE RECORDS]
OH SEES REHEARSAL FOR NEXT ALBUM
[Video: CASTLEFACE RECORDS]
Protean Threat Track List
01 “Scramble Suit II”
02 “Dreary Nonsense”
03 “Upbeat Ritual”
04 “Red Study”
05 “Terminal Jape”
06 “Wing Run”
07 “Said The Shovel”
09 “If I Had My Way”
11 “Gong Of Catastrophe”
12 “Canopnr ’74″
13 “Persuaders Up!”
Osees Protean Threat Announcement
WITNESS THE EVER-CHANGING, EVER-MUTATING THREAT THAT IS
PERCEPTION IS UNDER DURESS
SENSIBILITY IS BENDING EVERYDAY UNDER THE BARRAGE OF NONSENSE
WE MUST MAKE NOTE OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE BECOME
LOOK INTO THE MIRROR OF THE PLANET-KILLERS
PSYCHIC CANNIBALS INFILTRATE AND CONTAMINATE ONCE FAMILIAR AND SEEMINGLY SECURE TERRITORIES
FORMIDABLE FOES INDEED
WHAT POWERS THESE BEASTS?
WHAT FUELS DISCORD AND HATRED?
THE BEHEMOTH OF A “CIVIL” SOCIETY?
WHAT ARE THE WEAPONS AT OUR DISPOSAL?
GENEROSITY IS YOUR AEGIS AGAINST GREED
EMPATHY IS YOUR ARMOR TO DEFLECT APATHY
LOVE IS YOUR CLUB TO ABATE HATE
THE FOG IS LIFTING AND HUMANS ARE OPENING THEIR EYES
AND SO WE OFFER THIS FIELD RECORDING FROM THE PITS
AS A QUICK BOOSTER BETWEEN PROTEIN PILLS AND RECYCLED SWEAT BEVERAGE
ANTHEMS TO ASSIST YOU
TO NOT WORSHIP AT THE ALTAR OF VIOLENCE AND GREED
TO NOT OFFER YOURSELVES UP FOR FREE
TO STAND UP AND BE VIGILANT
TRUTH WILL NOT BE FOUND IN THE SPEECHES AND PHOTO OPS OF YOUR OVERLORDS
STAND STRONG AND TOGETHER UNDER THE GAZE OF YOUR OPPRESSORS
STAND VIGILANT, UNITED WITH THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE THE SAME PRIVILEGE AS YOU.
DEMAND RESPECT AND A PEACEFUL LIFE FOR ALL
THIS RECORDING IS AT THE APOGEE OF SCUZZ
PUNK ANTHEM AMULETS FOR YOUR EARS AND HEART
A BATTERY FOR YOUR CORE
[H/T Brooklyn Vegan]