Smote Reverser? Chances are it will be all three of these versions and more, as leader John Dwyer and his crew trip the light fantastic with bone-crushing hard-rock heaviness mixed with an almost jazzy psychedelic fluidity. Unlike so many bands who attempt to be psychedelic, Oh Sees blast away any pretense of revivalist nostalgia with sure-handed flexibility and bone-crushing power and exactitude.
One can’t help wondering which guise Oh Sees will wear for tonight’s Halloween show. Will it be the thrash-heavy band who churn out such heavy tracks as “Overthrown,” or perhaps the gentler, kinder combo who segue into such relatively gentle contemplations as “Last Peace”? Or will it be the freakified Oh Sees who expand into such trippy explorations as “Anthemic Aggressor,” from the San Francisco group’s latest album,