Thee Oh Sees are back, John Dwyer’s Band is touring the world again, with a new (live) line up and a new album: “Drop”, released in April 2014 under Castle Face Records.
Thee Oh Sees are the latest incarnation of songwriter, singer, guitarist (and Castle Face fearless leader) John Dwyer’s ever-evolving pop-folk psychedelic group.
Dwyer, who hails from Providence, RI, has been active on the San Francisco indie scene 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.
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, featuring Dwyer on guitar and vocals, Brigid Dawson on vocals and tambourine, Petey Dammit (sometimes listed as Petey Dammit!) on guitar, and Mike Shoun on drums.
The band is noted for its prolific discography, energetic live shows, and whimsical visual aesthetic. In late 2013, it was announced that the band was entering a hiatus, though sporadic live performances and an album release have happened since.
In May 2014, the band began to tour as a trio, with Nick Murray (drums) and Timothy Hellman (bass) playing in place of Dawson, Dammit, and Shoun. Nonetheless, this should apparently not be considered a permanent, “official” lineup change.
Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist and electro-scientist Adi Gelbart combines the signals of his absurd home-made instruments to collage-like sounds. He loves to disassemble electronic toys, manipulating them for his own purposes. His creativity is inspired, among other things, by the concept of ‘circuit bending’.
Using only analogue equipment and avoiding the addition of samples, he dives into the mysterious realms of his apparatuses, giving birth to something that is entirely new and unique. His passion for experimentation displays a madcap mixture of musique concrète, film music, space-age-pop and many other genres which push the listeners to the edge of musical psychosis.
Presented by Eine Welt aus Hack & Digital in Berlin. Check out our facebook page to win tickets.
Thee Oh Sees & Gelbart LIVE
Wednesday, August 27th 2014 | 20:00 CET
Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain