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"Is that the 'The Voice' dude?," said a guy behind me at Thee Oh Sees' set at Red 7 patio. At the Last Call with Carson Daly SXSW showcase, everyone expected the "'Voice' dude" to introduce each band, but few could've predicted he'd Lars Ulrich the drum kit on the band's final song "Dead Energy."
The surprise moment capped off one of the best sets I've seen at the festival so far. Thee Oh Sees play loud, fast, aggressive garage rock. It's unrelenting and punishing; making you want to break a bottle over someone's head or flip tables like that insane Real Housewife woman. As big as I want them to get, Thee Oh Sees really should only play bars, preferably biker ones, after 1 AM when everyone is good and liquored up.
But judging by the crowd's reaction, few people knew Daly was even able to play the drums, much less bash the s**t out of them. But that's the beauty of South by Southwest; those who venture outside their comfort zone get rewarded with incongruous, unique moments like this, where a multi-millionaire, national TV host is just another sweaty drummer, pounding on his kit hoping to get noticed.