Burger Hangover Day One: Thee Oh Sees, Warm Soda


A Hangover Patron repping a killer Fuzz vest - LINDA ROMERO
  • Linda Romero
  • A Hangover Patron repping a killer Fuzz vest
The Burger Hangover festival at The Korova was the most LA I've ever seen San Antonio. With 19 bands on the dual stages set up for the two -day garage gig, the venue was filled with flowing hair, cassette tapes, fashionable accessories, Golden State attitude and the smell of weed lingering in denim.

Warm Soda

With a classic rock 'n' roll look,  Matthew Melton seems like he could drop into any band between 1968 and 2015 and fit in quite comfortably. His band, Warm Soda, shares the same appeal, sounding like a lost Nugget, a glam outfit, post-punk stompers or anywhere in between. On tunes like "Someone for You" and "Jeanie Loves Pop," these soda jerks are an affirmation of rock 'n' roll, combining a populist attitude with madhouse shredding.

The Austin-via-Oakland band headlined The Korova's impromptu second stage for a reason — the Burger Caravan is a traveling temple of guitar prayer and Melton worships rock 'n' roll with the respect of a high priest. 

Thee Oh Sees

John Dwyer is a master of guitar tone. With a twelve-string, a spread of fuzz pedals and two amps, Thee Oh Sees head dude is on an unending quest for better sound. It's the same reason he went back to two drummers for this current tour, finding importance in a full, rounded tone. 

After a brief hiatus in 2014, Thee Oh Sees returned without keyboardist Brigid Dawson. On her instrument, she's not missed too heavily in the band's live mix, since her keyboard additions and droning notes largely fell by the wayside. But, as San Antonio Current homie J.D. Swerzenski mentioned, Thee Oh Sees lost the important dual melodies of earlier tours, with Dawson singing a consistent octave above the main melody.

But, when the band launches into the Breaking Bad-featured "Tidal Wave," or the murderous "Toe Cutter / Thumb Buster," it'd be foolish to criticize one of the best performing bands in recent years.

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