Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake & Magnetix – Leeds Uni Stylus – 3/9/16

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Having seen the wonderful Blind Shake earlier this year – I thought “If they’re supporting Thee Oh Sees, they must be brilliant!” There’s been a lot of talk about how good Thee Oh Sees are live (mainly by Marc Riley on 6Music) and I’m here to tell you….it’s all true……believe the hype!

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Having spent the afternoon in ‘Greenfield’ at Mikes stag do (heavy rain stopped the crown green bowling so it was snooker, darts and dominos) I met up with Foggy who’d come over to Leeds from Warrington for the gig, Sledge, Ana Luisa and Steve. Things started well with a set from ‘Magnetix‘ who thundered through their set with hugh enthusiasm. A theme that was to infuse the evening.

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The Blind Shake were on fire – merciless drumming from Dave Roper (often standing up he was so into it) with the Blaha Brothers abusing their guitars to the max – kicking out, playing a sweaty noisey wigged out surf rocking set – Loved them!

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‘How’s anyone going to top that!’ I thought….then Thee Oh Sees stared with their 2 drummers up front and centre and, oh my – what followed was a masterclass in fast, unrelenting, musical joy! Everyone around me was jumping around with big smiles on their faces and the crowd surfers had a field day. Chief Oh See-er, John Dwyer, holds his guitar high up on his chest and often looks like he’s using it as a rifle – this machine kills factiousness…..

Gig of the year? Yeah – gig of the year!

Bob the Chiropodist

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