This week, we’re excited to feature Thee Oh Sees, a band that — seriously, do we need to introduce this band to you? Through a relentless performance schedule and some excellent recordings, it’s tough not to consider Thee Oh Sees one of the top rock bands in the Bay Area and we were pleased to invite bandleader John Dwyer into the studio for this episode. Thee Oh Sees evolved in a unique trajectory, beginning first as a solo home-recording outlet for Dwyer (Coachwhips, Pink and Brown) and gradually evolving as he became less interested in folky sounds and more toward the intensity he’d played with in previous projects. He’s aided in this process by talented bandmates Brigid Dawson, Petey Dammit, and Mike Shoun, and the result is a noisy rock sound that has built them a devoted following.
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If those early recordings aren’t indicative of the band’s current sound, they underscore John’s skill with melody and Thee Oh Sees in ’09 retain that melodic piece in their supercharged rock. The band’s year-so-far has been tough to beat, releasing their latest full length Help on In the Red Records and playing a ton of shows–locally, at SXSW, touring with Jay Reatard–that have earned them a reputation as one of the best live bands in Bay Area. They’ve also released a number of get-them-before-they-vanish seven inches and plans to soon record their next full length release. Oh, and John co-runs Castle Face Records, which champions albums from similarly talented locals Ty Segall and The Fresh & Onlys. Thee Oh Sees are an extremely busy band right now, and we are all the better for it.
We sat down with John at The Bay Bridged Studio recently to discuss the band’s upcoming recording plans, Castle Face Records and more. We’ve also included four songs from Thee Oh Sees in the episode, including two brand new ones!
Tuesday, July 14th and Wednesday, July 15th
with Blonde Redhead (Presented by Bicycle Film Festival)
8pm, SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 16th
The Eagle Tavern
with Meth Teeth, Buzzer, Ty Segall and The Fresh & Onlys (part of the 2009 Mission Creek Music Festival)
– Visit Thee Oh Sees on MySpace
– Purchase Help from In the Red Records and buy a bunch of Oh Sees albums on iTunes
– Check out John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records on MySpace as well
– See some photos from a recent performance at The Independent here
– Download a bunch of Oh Sees live sets at the Free Music Archive