After almost two decades of exploring the broad spectrum(?) of psychedelic garage punk-rock , TOS announces “a well deserved break”.
Two nights ago a sold-out crowd at the Great American Music Hall in SF were the first to receive the news. In between their breakneck set, frontman John Dwyer stated “This will be the last Oh Sees show for a long while…So dig in.”
The band’s indefinite pause is nothing but that, as they made it clear today on their website:
DEAR OH SEES FANS,
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT.
THE BAND IS NOT BREAKING UP.
THIS IS JUST A WELL DESERVED BREAK AND A TRANSITIONAL PERIOD.
A NEW THEE OH SEES LP WILL BE OUT EARLY 2014
AND WE WILL SEE WHERE THE LIVE SHOW GOES FROM THERE…
UNTIL THEN, BE WELL
A transitional period it is. Dwyer recently landed on LA from the Bay Area, keyboardist and vocalist Brigid Dawson is leaving to Santa Cruz and, although bassist Petey Dammit and drummer Mike Shoun are staying in SF, “(It) Will be a little hard to continue with all the different locales so who know what is going to happen…Cross fingers, we all are (sure) that it’s not completely over” band’s booking agent Annie Southworth declared in an interview with SF Weekly, she added “they need a break after 5 years straight, so yes… hiatus time.”
The band that started in early 2000 as Dwyer’s side project has grown from an underground favorite to a well anchored item in the indie rock scene both nationally and internationally. With about a dozen LP’s and countless EP’s/singles released, Thee Oh Sees leave this 2013 with much to brag about, including their performance at Coachella 2013, three sold-out nights at the Chapel as part of their national tour and the release of two full-length productions that gave much to talk about, Putrifiers II and Floating Coffin.
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