Thee Oh Sees And Ty Segall Played (The Aptly-Named) Death By AudioBy Andrew St. Clair
Last weekend, Thee Oh Sees were in NYC performing at All Tomorrow's Parties and co-headlining a show with Ty Segall at the very large, very new outdoor venue called The Well.
Well, fuck that! When it comes to seeing bands like Thee Oh Sees, I'd rather see them tear shit up in a tiny D.I.Y. space, preferably at a venue in Williamsburg appropriately called "Death By Audio." Unlike The Well, there's no V.I.P. area with six dollar beers. Just three dollar PBRs and the bruises on my legs from being pushed into the thigh-high stage by the non-stop mosh pit. And while there's no chance of rain, the forecast inside is always 85% humidity when it's a sold out show (air conditioning is not DBA's strong-suit).
Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees have been co-headlining on tour together for a couple of weeks and have been taking turns opening for each other. Tonight, Ty took the stage first by opening…and closing…with "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath. Dude knows how to have a good time.
As for Thee Oh Sees, they were joined during the entire performance by O.J. San Felipe, from the band X-Ray Eyeballs, who was mostly dancing and playing a tambourine alongside Brigid Dawson on the organ.
Here's a little trivia: O.J. was going to handle "pyrotechnics" at The Well for Thee Oh Sees. It seems that the band has acquired a bunch of fireworks, but when their tour hits Canada, they'll have to turn them over at the border. So instead, they were going to fire them off at the Well. But they didn't realize, until they got there, that the stage would have a roof. And since there were 1900 people in attendance, it probably wasn't the best idea, anyway. Not to mention that no one in their right mind should trust O.J. with explosives.
Opening the show was The Numerators. Caroline, the bass player/sometimes drummer, is in at least three other cool bands (including Habibi). The Numerators remind me of Thee Oh Sees, which (especially in this case) isn't a bad thing. So, for them to be put on the bill was kind of inspired.