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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Osees was recorded in frontman John Dwyer's basement and was inspired by the punk music they grew up with.
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  1. Sep 1, 2022
    80
    These songs are direct, sometimes stripped down, but the components are robust, clear and smartly mixed. They sound like Osees.
  2. Aug 11, 2022
    80
    Ultimately, any record which ends with a cover of cult anarcho-surrealists Rudimentary Peni can’t fail to convince in its sincere respect for its predecessors and inspirations.
  3. Mojo
    Aug 10, 2022
    80
    Breathlessly brilliant stuff. [Sep 2022, p.93]
  4. Aug 12, 2022
    80
    Compared to the grander constructs of their latter-day Oh Sees albums, A Foul Form is a hit and run job where the music jumps in, leaves everyone stunned, and splits before the cops can show up. It's a manic blast of pure energy with lots of smarts if you're looking for them, and demonstrates Osees are never short on daring, ideas, and the skills to make them work.
  5. Aug 16, 2022
    74
    While A Foul Form honors the history of hardcore, it also occurs as smartly topical, the band’s turbid rage and anti-aesthetic stance conjuring a post-capitalistic malaise and the decay of global culture. And though this set marks a pivot from previous work, spotlighting the band as they navigate a fresh battery of sonics, it’s unmistakably them.
  6. Uncut
    Aug 10, 2022
    70
    A revolutionary step in the band’s catalogue this is not, but the sound of Dwyer and co having a lot of fun in his basement radiates throughout, as does the band’s seamless knack for tapping into any strand of punk they turn their hand to. [Sep 2022, p.28]
  7. The Wire
    Aug 17, 2022
    70
    Sprawling spaciness is absent from A Foul Form which marks a return to the California shredders’ punk roots. The vibe is set by opener “Funeral Solution”: blistering guitar fuzz, punch drunk double drums, stumbling basslines and ragged vocals. [Sep 2022, p.48]

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  1. Sep 12, 2022
    9
    lo-fi rock to slaughter and study to. great album, one of the hardest albums I've listened to this year.