Future Days Booking and White Trash present in association with amSTARt and deli.kolder a 4 Band Garage/Psych Summer Time All Nighter on Two Floors!
Thee Oh Sees are the latest incarnation of songwriter, singer, and guitarist John Dwyer’s ever-evolving pop-folk psychedelic group. Dwyer, who hails from Providence, RI, has been active on the San Francisco indie scene since the late ’90s.
He worked with several bands, including the Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes, Up Its Alive, and Swords & Sandals, among others, and he formed OCS (which is an acronym for Orinoka Crash Suite, Orange County Sound, or whatever Dwyer decided it was on any given day) initially as a vehicle for the experimental instrumentals he was producing in his home studio.
Thee Oh Sees | Meat Step Lively
In time OCS morphed into an actual band, and worked under the usual flurry of names, most notably as the Oh Sees or the Ohsees, and eventually as Thee Oh Sees, featuring Dwyer on guitar and vocals, Brigid Dawson on vocals and tambourine, Petey Dammit (sometimes listed as Petey Dammit!) on bass, and Mike Shoun on drums. Sounding a bit like the Mamas & the Papas run through a seriously bent garage blender, the band signed with the German Tomlab label and released Sucks Blood in 2007 and The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In in 2008.
Thee Oh Sees second full-length effort Help appeared in 2009 and featured a bit of a garage rock vibe mixed with the band’s psych-pop sound. The album Warm Slime followed in 2010. Thee Oh Sees pulled double duty the following year, offering the pop-leaning Castlemania in June, followed in November by the heavier, wilder Carrion Crawler/The Dream, also the band’s first recording with second drummer Lars Finberg.
Thee Oh Sees | I Need Seed
The Mojomatics from Venice in Italy have released four albums, the latest being “You Are The Reason For My Troubles”, and a bounch of singles for many labels all over the world. They have played hundreds of concerts across Europe and is becoming known as one of the coolest garage rock band from around here. Well, garage might not be the right term as The Mojomatics heap together hillbilly blues, old country, folk and bluegrass, inject it with the melody of British Invasion pop, and fire it all out with the breakneck energy of the best garage/punk/rock’n’roll.
If one two-men-band does sound like the full throttle New Orleans marching band, the MOJOMATICS do! They got the magic to make your eyes wet just listening to their tunes, they prove that nice guys who love what they do win in this hype-ridden world. The prize? Beeing on the road, seeing ordinary garage rock and roll hustlers stomp their feet, suicide girls dancing, and musicologists and other high-art connoisseur take their hats off. We are dancing to their songs for a while, now it is your turn.
The Mojomatics | Wait A While
La Sera’s “Sees The Light” follows 2011’s masterful self-titled debut with ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. La Sera’s lyrics are smart but not heavy; phantasmal, like Daniel Johnston attending church every week of his teenage life, but with a bigger sophistication and a shiny, polished fidelity.
Where the first La Sera album was super-dreamy in its layered vocals, Sees The Light is more direct, more aggressive; almost a soundtrack to a lost drive-in movie classic. This is not an album for half-hearted partakers in the heartache scene: just an all-consuming love for punk as pop and pop as punk.
La Sera | Never Come Around
The Smokin’ 44s purvey trashy garage-blues, with a menacing, skifflish energy, a sneering independence and a total commitment that is bound to carry any audience wherever the band wants to take them.
Just vocals, drums and slightly overdriven electric guitar are enough to match the energy of any other band’s walls of distorted, detuned guitars. The Smokin´44s take no prisoners!
Future Days Fest II with:
Thee Oh Sees, The Mojomatics, La Sera & The Smokin’ 44s LIVE
presented by Future Days Booking, White Trash, amSTARt and deli.kolder
Djs: Jimmy Trash, Mohair Sam, Abraxas Rebels
Friday, 22 June 2012 | 21:00 CET
White Trash Fast Food | Schönhauser Allee 7 | 10119 Berlin/Mitte
theeohsees.com | Mojomatics Myspace | La Sera Myspace | thesmokin44s.com | whitetrashfastfood.com