Oh Sees

Orc (Castle Face Records)

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Oh Sees are the latest incarnation of songwriter, singer, guitarist (and Castle Face fearless leader) John Dwyer’s ever-evolving rock-pop-folk psychedelic group. Dwyer has been active since the late ’90s, working with several bands, including the Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes, Up Its Alive, and Swords & Sandals, among others, and he formed OCS (which is an acronym for Orinoka Crash Suite, Orange County Sound, or whatever Dwyer decided it was on any given day) initially as a vehicle for the experimental instrumentals he was producing in his home studio. The project entered its 20th year of existence in 2017.

 

In time OCS morphed into an actual band, and worked under the usual flurry of names, most notably as The Oh Sees or The Ohsees, and eventually as Thee Oh Sees. The band’s lineup has spawned and  re-spawned a few times before reaching their current incarnation featuring Tim Hellman on bass, Dan Rincon and Paul Quattrone on drums.

 

And now, the newly shorn Oh Sees waste no time in racing headlong into nightmarish battle with their mighty new record Orc (Dwyer’s 19th album as OCS/Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees, etc.), and wouldn’t ya know it, they’ve clawed even farther up the ghastly peak last year’s A Weird Exits stormed so satisfyingly. The band is in tour-greased, anvil on a balance beam, gut-pleasingly heavy form, nimbly braining with equal dashes of abandon and menace on this fresh batch of bruisers and brooders, hypnotically stirred into to the cauldron of chaos you’ve come to expect from, ahem, Oh Sees. Quattrone and Dan Rincon form a phalanx of interlocking double drums, alternately propelling and fleet footing shifting ground to pinion Dwyer’s cliff-face guitars to the boogie. Tim Hellman keeps it swinging like a battle-axe to the eyebrows. More evil….more complex, more narcotic, more screech, more roar, more whisper, there’s even more Brigid Dawson. Less “Thee”, but more of everything else,Orc is out on Castle Face Records August 25th.

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Tour

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    Sat. July 22 - Sun. July 23
    Los Angeles, CA
    FYF

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    Sep 01, 2017
    Phoenix, AZ
    The Crescent Ballroom

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    Sep 02, 2017
    Albuquerque, NM
    Sister Bar

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    Sep 04, 2017
    Austin, TX
    Hotel Vegas Outside

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    Sep 05, 2017
    New Orleans, LA
    One Eyed Jack's

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    Sep 06, 2017
    Atlanta, GA
    Variety Playhouse

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    Sep 08, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA
    Trocadero Theater

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    Sep 09, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Warsaw

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    Sep 10, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Warsaw

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Cambridge, MA
    The Sinclair

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    Sep 14, 2017
    Montreal, QC
    La Tulipe I Le National

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    Sep 15, 2017
    Toronto, ON
    Danforth Theater

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    Sep 16, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
    Beachland Ballroom

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    Sep 17, 2017
    Chicago, IL
    Thalia Hall

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    Sep 18, 2017
    Milwaukee, WI
    Turner Hall

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    Sep 22, 2017
    Missoula, MT
    Monk's

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    Sep 23, 2017
    Seattle, WA
    Neumo's

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    Sep 24, 2017
    Vancouver, BC
    Commodore Ballroom

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    Sep 25, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Crystal Ballroom

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    Sep 27, 2017
    San Francisco, CA
    Great American Music Hall

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    Sep 28, 2017
    San Francisco, CA
    Great American Music Hall