The Rock City archives: 2017

THEE OH SEES, Live At Rock City

  • Tuesday 16th May 2017
  • Supported by: TV Crime + Slumb Party

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.



TV Crime have the riffs, the bounce and the moves. The Nottingham four-piece bust out gnarly and melodic power punk like a defaulting candy machine spits gumballs. Songs like “Baby So Blue”, “Fake Tattoo” and “Wild One” are similar in style and delivery to the gritty power pop of Dublin’s The Number Ones and the Marked Men, Radioactivity and other bands associated with Texan punk king Mark Ryan.

Perhaps TV Crime's poppiest track is “Hooligans”, a song that sounds as good in a Nottinghamshire pub as it would a Texas dive bar or a house party anywhere.

- Vice