Basement Featured Album of the Week: Thee Oh Sees Protean Threat

Sep 23, 2020

Credit Thee Oh Sees

Tune in to the Basement every week for our latest Album of the Week selection. This week we're featuring Thee Oh Sees new one, Protean Threat.

For San Francisco-based garage-rockers Thee Oh Sees, the term veteran may seem like understatement. Their newest release, Protean Threat,is the twenty-third installment in a high-octane, distortion-driven saga spanning seventeen years and five different spellings of the band’s actual name. Despite this extensive back catalogue, Protean Threat manages to blend elements from many different genres, from electro-pop to funk, with their signature noisy percussion and distortion-heavy guitar licks in a way that is both fresh and familiar. For fans of Thee Oh Sees, this album is very comparable to their most recent 2019 album Face Stabber or 2017’s Orc, but instead of guitar heavy psychedelic jams, Protean Threat focuses more on synth-heavy backing tracks and microtonal guitar leads. If you are a fan of energetic psychedelic rock, rolling bass riffs and unorthodox lead melodies, The Basement’s Featured Album of the Week, Thee Oh Sees’ Protean Threat, may be of interest.

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