Castlemania is a studio album by the American garage rock band Thee Oh Sees, the fifth album released by the band under the name "Thee Oh Sees" and their eleventh overall. It was released on May 20, 2011, by In The Red Records. It was the first of two studio albums to be made by the band in 2011, the other being Carrion Crawler/The Dream, which was released in November. It was recorded by a skeleton lineup of John Dwyer and Brigid Dawson along with some guest musicians.
One of the hallmarks of Thee Oh Sees body of work is that every recording they've made sounds as if it was created while the musicians were under the influence of a variety of hallucinogens, so it tells listeners practically nothing to say that the group's seventh album, Castlemania, sounds pretty trippy. However, while the average Oh Sees album is a heavy exercise in psychedelic murk, Castlemania sounds surprisingly light and pop-oriented, if only by this band's standards
Thee oh sees are such a good thing. I saw them for the 5th time last night and competely flipped the FUCK out in the pit. Like usual. UGH. They shred SO HARD. Thee Oh Sees - I Need Seed (Castlemania). Also, one of the raddest album covers ever. John Dwyer is a badass. thee oh sees castlemania i need seed john dwyer coachwhips.
Over the past decade, San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees have morphed from a showcase for skronk-savant John Dwyer's sensitive side into the hardest working band in garage-rock. Their output is prolific and their live show combustible. But on Castlemania, Dwyer opts to go it alone. With the exception of live-band regular Brigid Dawson- who, along with the Sandwitches' Heidi Alexander, contributes some backing vocals- the shaggy-banged songwriter handles almost all of the instruments. Drummer Mike Shoun and Guitarist Petey Dammit aren't out of the picture permanently.
Castlemania, 11. AA Warm Breeze, 12. Idea For Rubber Dog, 13. The Horse Was Lost, 14. I Won’t Hurt You, 15. If I Stay Too Long, 16. What Are We Craving? . 8. The Whipping Continues. 9. Blood On The Deck. 12. Idea For Rubber Dog.
Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania. Label: In The Red Recordings – ITR 208. Format: Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Single Sided, Album, Etched. The album has 45 RPM printed on it, but it "actually" plays at 33 1/3 (to make it sound like the CD version). Kind of like how the Carrion Crawler/The Dream "EP" is a 12-inch LP. Classic Dwyer.