A singer-songwriter and graphic designer (also of The Revival Hour), DM Stith provides vocals for the tracks “No Crimes” and “Plan The Escape” of Son Lux’s new LP Lanterns.
“When I got [Lily & Madeline’s] vocal tracks back for this album, I just laughed and laughed. They were soooo good. They were too good…”
At the Music Council last Friday we got to hear Ryan’s audiophile breakdown about how people from the same family have similarly shaped vocal chords, allowing them to create harmonies that modern musicians can only hope to imitate by creating multiple, slightly distorted tracks of their own voice. It was super-interesting.
We think it is super fortuitous that both Son Lux and Lily & Madeline have LPs dropping on October 29th.
Lily & Madeleine, teenage natives of Indianapolis–world headquarters of both JNR & their label Asthmatic Kitty, provide vocals on the tracks “Lost It to Trying” and “Plan The Escape” of Son Lux’s Lanterns.
Behold my astonishing ignorance of Thee Thees, and the amazing grace of Rachel Miss-Mess below.
Dear Rachel Miss-Mess,
Making a playlist of “Thee” bands to share on JNR blog. Thee Oh Sees, Thee Open Sex etc. etc. etc.
The only unifying quality I can identify here is that all of these bands have lo-fi psychedelic, analog tendencies + not coincidentally a bunch of them are associated with Magnetic South/Cataracts/have releases that are only on Bandcamp etc.
Also they have names that might confuse a search engine/make them hard to find. I would imagine that fishing with a search phrase like “Open Sex” would drag up some pretty grody stuff. Tsunamis would probably drag up a lot of stuff about tropical storms instead of Thee Tsunamis etc. etc.
I wouldn’t consider Thee Open Sex or Thee Oh Sees to be surfer rock, but most of the others would loosely fall in that category. Is there a surfer rock in-joke?
Is there any conscious significance to the “Thee” tag beyond the above in your mind?
*Dear Reader you will have to scroll down the page after clicking through on this link before you arrive at the field where you can order or listen to Thee Open Sex’s LP. Keep a lookout for the eyeball.
“Thee”, at least for me, is intrinsically connected with Billy Childish and his bands like Thee Headcoats (and girlfriend band Thee Headcoatees), Thee Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars, etc. Childish was a poet, an artist, a punk, and a freak that has really inspired me personally and I know is an important figure to many others in our scene as well.
At this point you’re right though–it’s totally a joke that has almost run it’s course haha! However with “Thee Open Sex”, there is a slightly different story. For about two years John Dawson was releasing tapes with various collaborators as “Open Sex”, releasing stuff like “Open Sex on Every Street Corner”. However when we started to come together as a band in 2012 and really record and play, we realized it was quite difficult to Google “open sex” or “open sex band” and find anything related our music amidst the hoards of nasty YouTube videos and graphic sexual images and websites.
SOOO we thought it would be funny to smack a “thee” in front of it and be more easily recognizable on the web. Then we released our first lp with that name, but yet remain “Open Sex”. The “thee” is entirely optional!