11/34/13: In music circles, it's not often that experimental projects become an outlet for something so much bigger. But that's just what happened for John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees, which ultimately evolved into a full-size band and a full-time gig.
A project born in San Francisco, California, Thee Oh Sees was Dwyer's outlet for his instrumental home recordings. But today they've become a cohesive unit known for their energetic live shows and capricious visual aesthetic (which often brings together cartoon imagery and horror). Like their sounds and vision evolving over time, the band also changed names and has been known as Orinoka Crash Suite, OCS, Orange County Sound, and The Oh Sees (Ohsees).
What's high on the band's list of accomplishments? Their song "Tidal Wave" was featured in the pool scene of the episode "Salud" (Season 4, Episode 10) of the smash hit television series, "Breaking Bad." Another track, "The Dream," was used for the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Those accomplishments are just the tip of the iceberg for Dwyer and Co., who have seven albums to their name including the latest, "Floating Coffin."
Called "heavier" and "darker" than their previous projects, "Floating Coffin" has also been described by Dwyer as occurring "in the mindset of a world that's perpetually war-ridden." It was released on April 16, 2013 and was praised by one critic who called it "enthusiastic and strange, a perfect good-tie balance of the artfully absurd and the sonically robust."
The release of "Floating Coffin" sparked a US tour with The Blind Shake and Obniis that runs through the middle of November.
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date city state venue 3/14/2015 Phoenix AZ Downtown Phoenix 3/28/2015 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 5/5/2015 Los Angeles CA The Smell 5/7/2015 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom 5/12/2015 Englewood CO Gothic Theatre 5/31/2015 Barcelona Catalonia Sala Apolo 7/15/2015 San Francisco CA The Chapel 7/16/2015 San Francisco CA The Chapel 7/18/2015 Portland OR Zidell Yards 8/14/2015 Santa Ana CA The Observatory 8/22/2015 Los Angeles CA Los Angeles Sports Arena 8/24/2015 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall 8/25/2015 Oakland CA Leo's 8/26/2015 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall
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date city state venue 3/6/2012 San Francisco CA The Independent 5/16/2012 San Francisco CA Brick & Mortar Music Hall 7/13/2012 Chicago IL Union Park 7/15/2012 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 7/20/2012 Seattle WA Capitol Hill (Block Party) 8/4/2012 Big Sur CA Henry Miller Library 8/10/2012 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 8/29/2012 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill 9/8/2012 Oakland CA The Uptown Nightclub 9/9/2012 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 9/10/2012 San Diego CA Bar Pink 9/11/2012 Las Vegas NV Bunkhouse Saloon 9/13/2012 Englewood CO Gothic Theatre 9/15/2012 Austin TX La Zona Rosa 9/18/2012 Atlanta GA The Goat Farm 9/21/2012 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 9/21/2012 New York NY Pier 36 9/22/2012 Brooklyn NY The Wick and the Well 9/22/2012 Brooklyn NY The Well 9/23/2012 New York NY Pier 36 9/25/2012 Buffalo NY Town Ballroom 9/26/2012 Toronto ON The Hoxton 9/27/2012 Detroit MI PJ's Lager House 9/28/2012 Chicago IL Logan Square Auditorium 9/28/2012 Chicago IL Logan Square Auditorium 9/29/2012 Madison WI High Noon Saloon 9/30/2012 Saint Paul MN Turf Club 10/2/2012 Missoula MT VFW 10/3/2012 Calgary AB Broken City 10/4/2012 Calgary AB Broken City 10/6/2012 Vancouver BC Rickshaw Theatre 10/7/2012 Seattle WA Neptune Theatre 10/8/2012 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 10/9/2012 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 10/12/2012 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall 10/26/2012 Pioneertown CA Pappy & Harriet's 12/20/2012 San Francisco CA The Chapel
date city state venue 2/18/2011 Lawrence KS Granada 10/16/2011 San Francisco CA Treasure Island 11/13/2011 Baltimore MD Sonar 11/23/2011 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 11/23/2011 Chicago IL Empty Bottle