Garage rock group Thee Oh Sees has released not one, but two fantastic new singles, one of which will be featured off of their upcoming record. The two songs are a study in contrast, as one song features screaming, punk-like vocals, and the other is a more gentle, sweet, synth-pop type of song.
Surprising quite a few fans, both new and old alike, Thee Oh Sees have released a double-threat of new tracks, one of which is a cover and the other a track that will be featured on their new record, which is set to come out next month. The two songs, “Withered Hand” and “The Ceiling” show off several reasons why Thee Oh Sees have become as popular as they have thus far become, and lends promise to an expansion of their fandom in the coming months.
The first single, “Withered Hand,” is a single that was plucked off of their highly-anticipated new record, Mutilator Defeated At Last. A fantastic, frenetic single that reeks of early punk influences and even invokes a little bit of Green Day influencers The Stiff Little Fingers. Though not quite as vocally aggressive as the Fingers, the screeching guitars and angsty vocals certainly do invoke memories of the latter band. With a run time of a little over three minutes, the fast pace of the song unfortunately leaves the song over before one even knows it, but the energy of the recording is enough to make one excited for the new record.
The follow-up single to “Withered Hand” is the rather mellow “The Ceiling,” which is a cover from Joyful Noise’s 50 Bands & A Cat For Indiana Equality. The song stands as a sharp contrast to “Withered Hand.” Where the latter song is often aggressive feeling and frenetic, the former song is a breath of fresh air, a moment of peace and tranquility after the hurried pace of “Withered Hand.” Although not even remotely similar to “Withered Hand,” the track does succeed in showing off the band’s talents at attempting different sound and genre approaches. The variety of the two released tracks shows that Thee Oh Sees aren’t afraid to engage in polarizing genres from time to time while still staying true to their roots.
Both songs are now available on SoundCloud, and the new record is set for a May 18th release.