A Weird Exits

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A Weird Exits
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
GenreGarage rock, psychedelic rock
Length39:30
LabelCastle Face Records
Thee Oh Sees chronology
Mutilator Defeated at Last
(2015)
A Weird Exits
(2016)
An Odd Entrances
(2016)

A Weird Exits is the seventeenth studio album by American garage rock band Thee Oh Sees, released on August 12, 2016, on Castle Face Records.[1][2] It is the first studio album to feature drummers Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon, who joined the band in 2015 to tour in support of the band's previous album, Mutilator Defeated at Last.

A Weird Exits was the first of two studio albums released by Thee Oh Sees in 2016, with a companion album, entitled An Odd Entrances, released on November 18, 2016.

Background and recording[edit]

During breaks from the band's extensive tour in support of Mutilator Defeated at Last, the band would jam new song ideas at rehearsals, with vocalist and guitarist John Dwyer recording the ideas onto a cassette to listen to and choose his favourite ideas.[3]

The album and its companion, An Odd Entrances, was mostly recorded as a live band with the band's regular engineer and collaborator Chris Woodhouse. Regarding the recording process drummer Ryan Moutinho noted, "We recorded all of that in three days. Actually... I'm going to say four, but I really think it was three. I was really sick. I had a one-hundred-and-twenty degree fever and was vomiting. I recorded the whole record in a hoody, with the hood up. We went in there, did that, and then me, Tim [Hellman] and Dan [Rincon] all went home, and John stayed and finished it."[3]

Release[edit]

The album had two special vinyl editions made: the "Murky Web" edition, limited to 1700 copies, and the "Bloodshot Eyeball" edition, limited to 300 copies.[2] A third was released in the UK, simply titled "Green".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork7.5/10[6]

A Weird Exits received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82 based on 19 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[4]

Writing for AllMusic, Tim Sendra praised the album's variety, John Dwyer's guitar playing and the band's consistent output: "With Mutilator, and now this album, the band is firing on all cylinders and then some, making psych-prog-metal-punk jams for the ages."[5]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Mojo The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
29
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2016
7
Uncut Top 75 Albums of 2016 2016
11

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Dead Man's Gun"3:28
2."Ticklish Warrior"3:06
3."Jammed Entrance"5:21
4."Plastic Plant"5:40
5."Gelatinous Cube"3:27
6."Unwrap the Fiend Pt. 2"4:27
7."Crawl Out from the Fall Out"7:50
8."The Axis"6:11

Personnel[edit]

Thee Oh Sees

  • John Dwyer – guitar, vocals, Mellotron, synths, moisturizer, flute, percussion
  • Tim Hellman – bass
  • Dan Rincon – drums
  • Ryan Moutinho – drums

Additional personnel

  • Brigid Dawson – vocals on "The Axis"
  • Chris Woodhouse – drums, organ, guitar, percussion
  • Greer McGitrick – cello on "Crawl Out from the Fall Out"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 146
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 105

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits". Discogs. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Thee Oh Sees — A Weird Exits | Castle Face Records". Castle Face Records. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Lindsay, Andrew (22 February 2017). "Odd Entrances and Weird Exits: In Conversation with Thee Oh Sees' Ryan Moutinho". The Reprise. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for A Weird Exits - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "A Weird Exits - Thee Oh Sees". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  6. ^ Berman, Stuard. "A Weird Exits - Thee Oh Sees". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  7. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2016". November 22, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "Albums of the Year". Rough Trade. November 14, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-11-16. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Top 75 Albums of 2016". November 22, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 6, 2016.