JOHN DWYER’S Osees – yep, that’s another letter gone – are the hardest working, most adrenaline-fuelled garage-punk guitar toters in the business.
If you’e ever been blessed enough to see them live, you’ll know the guitars are scuzzy, fuzzy and murderous; the twin drums metronomic; the attack and power rapturous.
And the ever nominally contracting outfit have announced an LP, Protean Threat, out on Castle Face on September 18th; have a listen to the glam-edged synthy riffola of “Dreary Threat”, below.
In announcing the album, Osees released the following statement, which we reproduce in full:
WITNESS THE EVER-CHANGING, EVER-MUTATING THREAT THAT IS
PERCEPTION IS UNDER DURESS
SENSIBILITY IS BENDING EVERYDAY UNDER THE BARRAGE OF NONSENSE
WE MUST MAKE NOTE OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE BECOME
LOOK INTO THE MIRROR OF THE PLANET-KILLERS
PSYCHIC CANNIBALS INFILTRATE AND CONTAMINATE ONCE FAMILIAR AND SEEMINGLY SECURE TERRITORIES
FORMIDABLE FOES INDEED
WHAT POWERS THESE BEASTS?
WHAT FUELS DISCORD AND HATRED?
THE BEHEMOTH OF A “CIVIL” SOCIETY?
WHAT ARE THE WEAPONS AT OUR DISPOSAL?
GENEROSITY IS YOUR AEGIS AGAINST GREED
EMPATHY IS YOUR ARMOR TO DEFLECT APATHY
LOVE IS YOUR CLUB TO ABATE HATE
THE FOG IS LIFTING AND HUMANS ARE OPENING THEIR EYES
AND SO WE OFFER THIS FIELD RECORDING FROM THE PITS
AS A QUICK BOOSTER BETWEEN PROTEIN PILLS AND RECYCLED SWEAT BEVERAGE
ANTHEMS TO ASSIST YOU
TO NOT WORSHIP AT THE ALTAR OF VIOLENCE AND GREED
TO NOT OFFER YOURSELVES UP FOR FREE
TO STAND UP AND BE VIGILANT
TRUTH WILL NOT BE FOUND IN THE SPEECHES AND PHOTO OPS OF YOUR OVERLORDS
STAND STRONG AND TOGETHER UNDER THE GAZE OF YOUR OPPRESSORS
STAND VIGILANT, UNITED WITH THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE THE SAME PRIVILEGE AS YOU.
DEMAND RESPECT AND A PEACEFUL LIFE FOR ALL
THIS RECORDING IS AT THE APOGEE OF SCUZZ
PUNK ANTHEM AMULETS FOR YOUR EARS AND HEART
A BATTERY FOR YOUR CORE
There’s also tour news: please let these dates happen! The band have a tour of the UK and Europe in November, tickets for which are on sale here.
The dates are as follows:
November 5th, Bristol, SWX;
November 6th, Birmingham, The Crossing;
November 7th, Glasgow, SWG3;
November 8th and 9th, Dublin, The Button Factory;
November 11th, Manchester, Albert Hall;
November 13th, Brighton, Chalk;
November 15th, Cambridge, Junction;
November 16th and 17th, London, Camden Electric Ballroom;
November 18th, Paris, Cabaret Sauvage;
November 19th, Bordeaux, Rock School Barbey;
November 20th, Biarritz, Atabal;
November 22nd, Nimes, Paloma;
November 23rd, Lyon, Transbordeur;
November 25th, Dusseldorf, Zakk, and
November 26th, Berlin, Festsall Kreuzberg.
If you haven’t seen them, covid be willing, now’s your chance – Marc Riley wasn’t wrong in his assessment that they were the best live band doing the rounds right now.