San Francisco garage rock heroes Thee Oh Sees seem like they can't get enough of Australia. After touring here the past three summers, they're coming back for more this year.
Bassist Petey Dammit has his reasons for coming back with service station meat pies, pool parties and Australian-made tattoos being among his favourite pleasures. He's been on the receiving end of a pair of tattoos while in the country, including one on his arm that features the immortal words "cashed up bogan".
"That one was kind of an inside joke between Danny Young and Brendan Huntley (from Melbourne band Eddy Current Suppression Ring)," Dammit explains.
"We were having dinner one night and I was supposed to get tattooed by Danny the next morning, but we hadn't decided on anything yet.
"Brendan came up with the idea of having the outline of Australia and inside of that having a nun slapping a man, which was kind of an inside joke about our love lives basically. But at the last minute I decided to throw in the line 'cashed up bogan' because I thought that was pretty funny."
The other tattoo Dammit picked up while in Australia was one on his throat featuring a woman's face inside spider web-patterned butterfly wings. He says it turned out to be poor timing on his part.
"The next morning after I got it, we played at the rooftop at the Evelyn in Melbourne on Australia Day, and it was blazing hot," he recalls. "So I had this fresh tattoo, a throbbing open wound on my throat and stood there in the 30C heat. It was not that much fun."
Thee Oh Sees released their 11th album Putrifiers II this year. It was a quiet year by their standards as they often release more than one album in a calendar year.
Fear not though, as Dammit says they'll have a new record done and dusted by the time they land in Australia.
"We're using this time off right now to write a bit of material because we're going to be recording in two weeks," he says.
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