Video Premiere: Thee Oh Sees – “Block Of Ice” (Live @ Levitation 2012)

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Thee Oh Sees have always set the bar high with their high-energy live performances and experimental, psychedelic sound. Back in 2012, Thee Oh Sees made their first appearance at Austin Psych Fest, performing an electrified set at Emo’s East. The first of the band’s many LEVITATION appearances down in Austin, this show has been selected as next volume in the Live at LEVITATION series vinyl releases.

Today’s video premiere of “Block Of Ice” is from that set and presented in its full over 12-minute glory. The propulsive drumbeat and catchy guitar riff just builds in intensity as the song progresses along with all the musicians. The vocals, delivered with a snarling, almost menacing tone, add to the sense of urgency and intensity. The track features several instrumental breaks that allow the band to showcase their impressive musicianship, with psychedelic guitar solos, odd noises, frenzied drum fills and tambourine.

Overall, “Block of Ice” is a standout track on an impressive LEVITATION setlist, as it really does highlight the band’s unique blend of garage rock, psychedelic, and punk influences. What also is cool about this track is that when you compare it to the early 2:14 studio version from their 2008 album, The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In, you can appreciate how much this song has evolved over the years in Thee Oh Sees setlist.

The record was mixed by John Dwyer and mastered for vinyl by JJ Golden. This 8th release follows Live at LEVITATION releases from Kikagaku Moyo, The Black Angels, Primal Scream, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Moon Duo, Psychic Ills, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Thee Oh Sees – Live at LEVITATION is out in stores on Friday, May 19, 2023. It is available to order HERE.

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