Thee Oh Sees Played Warsaw with The Flying Luttenbachers and Landed, 10/19/18
A Long-Awaited Show
Words and Pictures by Rose Lamela
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It was a freezing cold afternoon in February earlier this year, and I was looking for shows to go to that could warm up my spirit. I was about a month in as a contributor at this super awesome music blog and a newly-born indie music fan. I had been listening to Thee Oh Sees nonstop and could not find a song I didn't like. Their albums were blasting out my car for most of 2017. "The Dream" was on all my road trip playlists and Orc was my favorite album.
I got a notification that the Thee Oh Sees, Or Oh Sees, or I keep getting incredibly confused Sees was playing in BK. I was told to call them "A band John Dwyer is currently in that absolutely rocks." The problem was I had to wait till October. That felt like a very, very, very long time.
Fast-forward a million miles per second, and here we are. It's October and I couldn't piece my thoughts together before the show last Friday. We, unfortunately, could not get a press pass' but I brought a point and shoot camera and was able to get a few shots. It was my first time to Warsaw. I had heard a lot about it, but I was unaware of how much character came with this auditorium. I have a soft spot for old venues that have a theatre climate to them.
The Flying Luttenbachers opened the show. At first I didn't quite understand what was happening. It sounded to me like a noisy jazz nightmare. Each member was on their own tangent and no one was playing together. I was at the point of complete rejection until their tangent consisted of a pretty kick-ass drum beat. It started to make sense to me, and I found myself understanding. I wouldn't call them traditional by any means but amazingly original. Whatever they were doing, the audience totally dug it.
Landed took the stage next. I met a very nice photographer for the band that told me they were from Providence, RI. We geeked out about our cameras and talked about John Dwyer. I later found out that Dwyer was a band member of Landed in the late 90s, and the lead singer apparently lit himself on fire once. I do think pyrotechnics would go very well with this band. I have never been to Providence, but it sounds like I need to go check out this righteous city where this band and Dwyer were born.
stuck out the body slamming and close calls of getting kicked in the face for a few songs, and then Imade my way to the back. I feel very lucky I got the opportunity to hear "The Dream" up close and within Dwyer's spit path. The rest of the show had to be experienced in the back of Warsaw, but thanks to the venue's amazing acoustics, it was not a problem. Watching the synchronized drumming of Dan Rincon and Paul Quattrone was an experience that I cannot compare to any show I have ever seen. They positioned both drummers super close together giving the audience a visual of two drumming machines seamlessly imitating each other's every move. They played well into midnight and their set list included songs like "The Static God" and "Nite Expo" from Orc. They also played "Sentient Oona" from Smote Reverser which is a song I've been playing a lot when I need a boost from the mundane.
As the year gets closer to being wrapped up, I am feeling the hints of gratitude that come from the shows I have had the opportunity to see in 2018. Thee Oh Sees were worth the wait and have officially made my list of best shows I have seen this year. My taste in music has developed, and being open to indie rock has allowed the aging process to go particularly well. Of course that is my opinion, as I always think I have the best taste in music. Live with it and rock on!!