Sic Alps + Thee Oh Sees + Ty Segall | Death by Audio | 9.28.2008

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A sweaty, awesome night of three Bay Area garage rock bands playing variations on a theme. And I do mean sweaty. I thought the last time I saw Sic Alps at Death by Audio would've been the hottest show of the year, but actually Sunday night rivaled it, mainly due to 100% humidity thanks to Day Three of a Noreaster that had settled over the Tri-State area.

You'd think that storm might keep the crowds away, but it was a packed house — mainly there to see Thee Oh Sees. It was my first time seeing the quartet who played on the floor instead of the stage. Main Oh See John Dwyer is one of those mike eaters, it spending more time in his mouth than not, all the better to get that overdriven, distorted vocal sound. But I wouldn't want to be the band that used it after them. He's also a Give 100% performer, who slammed his guitars around (including a very cool 12-string that never seemed to go out of tune, which is amazing) and whose eyes bugged out a little when he sings. The rest of the band are no slouches either (they've got a whalloper of a drummer) and there was a nice interplay between Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees' other singer, Brigid Dawson. They played their hearts out.

MP3: Thee Oh Sees – Vsit Colonel
(buy it)

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Sic Alps, who headlined the night, lost a lot of the crowd and momentum from the Oh Sees set due to taking forever to set up and not going on till after midnight on a Sunday. Not sure what the problem was, it's just two guys, but it was worth the wait. It's a thick, dirty sound that mirrored the humidity of the evening. Guitarist and main singer Mike Donovan, who plays barefoot (don't think I'd do that on the DBA stage) and eyes-closed, keeps the intensity levels high, while drummer (and Henry's Dress alum) Matt Hartman seems a little more loose, singing through a pencil-thin mike that seemed hand-picked for its ability to make his voice sound as tinny as possible. Between them was a towering, teetering rack of vintage reverb boxes and amps that looked more like a lifesize Jenga game than a soundsystem. But it obviously did something… they were loud as shit. The stage was bouncing, I'm shocked the monolith didn't fall over.

MP3: Sic Alps – Message From the Law
(buy it)

Ty!
Joining Sic Alps for a few unrehearsed songs was the night's opener, Ty Segall, who fronts Epsilons but here was playing an impressive solo set. Like Sic Alps condensed to one person, Segall played guitar and drums and sang all at the same time. Yes it's a bit of a gimmick but he made it work thanks to some very good songs. Definitely check him out if he swings through your town.

MP3 Ty Segall – The Drag

Ty's solo album is out on John Dwyer's Castle Face records and I'd put in a buy-it link but darn if I can find one.

A few more pictures on my Flickr. Tour dates for Sic Alps and Thee Oh Sees after the jump…

Thee Oh Sees 2008 Tour Dates
Sep 30 SMOG / Bard College Annandale, New York
Oct 1 Pats in the Flats Cleveland, Ohio
Oct 2 The Cobra Lounge Chicago, Illinois
Oct 3 Project Lounge Madison, Wisconsin
Oct 4 Treehouse Records Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 4 Turf Club St. Paul, Minnesota
Oct 5 The Aquarium – (Dempsey’s Upstairs) Fargo, North Dakota
Oct 6 The Red Carpet Minot, North Dakota
Oct 8 The Badlander Missoula, Montana
Oct 9 The Sunset Tavern Seattle, Washington
Oct 10 Slabtown Portland, Oregon
Nov 12 Adobe Bookstore – Free , All Ages ! San Francisco, California

Sic Alps 2008 Tour Dates
SEPT 30 ANNANDALE HUDSON {@ Bard College}
OCT 1   MONTREAL {Pop Montreal Siltbreeze Showcase @ Divan Orange w/ Psychedelic Horseshit,
Pink
                
Reason, Blues Control, & U.S. Girls}
OCT 4 LEEDS,UK {@ The Royal Park Cellars}
OCT 5 MANCHESTER,UK {@ HEAR HEAR Festival at Islington Mill, James St. Salford w/ Anni Rossi & Rollin
            Hunt}
OCT 6 NOTTINGHAM,UK {@ Bunkers Hill}
OCT 7 LONDON,UK {@ Barden's Boudoir}
OCT 8 CAMBRIDGE,UK {@ The Portland Arms}
OCT 9 HAARLEM,NETHERLANDS {@ Patronaat}
OCT 10 (TBD – Nijmegen/Antwerp/Rotterdam)
OCT 11 BRUSSELS,BELGIUM
OCT 12 KREFELD, GERMANY {@ Kulturrampe}
OCT 13 KOLN, GERMANY {@ King Georg}
OCT 14 (TBD – Bremen/Hamburg)
OCT 15 (TBD – Arhus)
OCT 16 GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN {@ Nefertiti}
OCT 17 (TBD – Oslo)
OCT 18 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN {@ Fritz's Corner}
OCT 19 (TBD – Copenhagen)
OCT 20 BERLIN, GERMANY {@ Festsaal Kreuzberg}
OCT 21 (TBD – Dresden/Wroclaw/Poland)
OCT 22 (TBD – Poland)
OCT 23 (TBD – Wien/Bratislava/Poland)
OCT 24 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
OCT 25 GRAZ, AUSTRIA {@ Forum Stadtpark)
OCT 26 TARCENTO, ITALY
OCT 27 ZAGREB, CROATIA {@Kset}
OCT 28 FLORENCE, ITALY
OCT 29 LUCERA, ITALY {@ Arci Sonica}
OCT 30 BOLOGNA, ITALY {@ XM24}
OCT 31 TORINO, ITALY
NOV 1 (TBD – Bern/Milano/Martigny)
NOV 2 (TBD – Switzerland)
NOV 3 (TBD – Lyon)
NOV 4 (TBD – Grenoble)
NOV 5 (TBD – Marseille)
NOV 6 MADRID, SPAIN
NOV 7 (TBD – Porto)
NOV 8 LISBON, PORTUGAL
NOV 9 BRAGANCA, PORTUGAL {@ Dedos Bionicos}
NOV 10 GIJON, SPAIN
NOV 11 BOURDEAUX, FRANCE {@ El Inca}
NOV 12 TOURS, FRANCE {@ Donalds Pub}
NOV 13 KORTRIJK, BELGIUM {@ Pit's}
NOV 14 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS {@ OCCI}
NOV 15 ANTWERP, BELGIUM {@ Cafe Central}

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