Thee Oh Sees + The Blind Shake + OBN IIIs @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana 11/13/13

November 15. 2013 | By Samantha Saturday

San Francisco psych-punk greats Thee Oh Sees made their way back into California after a month of touring, gracing the stage at Orange County’s Constellation Room.

Austin’s OBN III’s headed up the night to get the crowd warmed up and the crowd was ready for it. The band takes their odd title from their namesake and frontman Orville Bateman Neeley III. Neeley is a sight to behold, writhing around the stage and getting in the faces of the entire front row. At one point, Neeley appeared as if he was playing puppet master to three long-haired, flannel-wearing headbangers – shaking a fist and singing at them as if to pump them up.

OBN IIIs @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13OBN III’s

OBN IIIs @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13OBN III’s

After catching our breath (barely), three-piece, no-bass The Blind Shake was ready to keep the momentum going. Briefly, the detuned, chugging Minnesotans got some in the crowd pogoing – a move rarely seen among an audience that typically prefers good old-fashioned moshing.

The Blind Shake @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13The Blind Shake

The Blind Shake @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13The Blind Shake

And finally, Thee Oh Sees swiftly took their places to rile things up. Straight out of the gate the four-piece shot off like a rocket with “I Come From The Mountain” off their latest release Floating Coffin. For the opener each member showcases their talents impeccably; frontman John Dwyer kicking things off on guitar while drummer Mike Shoun, guitarist Petey Dammit, and keyboardist/vocalist Brigid Dawson come crashing in.

Thee Oh Sees @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13Thee Oh Sees

If you hadn’t been outside the venue just prior to the show, you would never have known that the band was running late and loaded in their gear about 10 minutes before doors were open. Without enough time for even a soundcheck, Thee Oh Sees were on the top of their game.

Thee Oh Sees @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees @ Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA 11/13/13Thee Oh Sees

Check out even more photos of Thee Oh Sees shredding in Orange County, go HERE!

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