“Playing live is this visceral, cathartic event. It might as well be like you’re playing a game of football, chess or whatever. It’s not the same as writing and rehearsing, you have a crowd, you have interactions with other people”
“Rich Homie Quan talked the talk, but John Dwyer walks the walk: The man will never stop going in. The prolific underground rock legend stayed busy with a zillion improvisational side projects during the pandemic, and it didn’t stop him from releasing a new album with main band OSEES last year. Now — on the release date of the new Live At Levitation — he’s already following up A Foul Form with Intercepted Message, another new OSEES LP”
“In October, SXSW 2023 (taking place this year from March 13-18) announced its initial wave of performers. Now, the Austin fest’s music portion has shared another giant round of performers (301, to be exact), including …. the recently reunited Be Your Own Pet, OSEES…”
SXSW has announced 301 more artists for its 2023 edition which goes down March 13-18, 2023 in Austin. Additions include The Zombies, OSEES, Be Your Own Pet, Catbite, The Lemon Twigs, Warmduscher, Palehound, Party Dozen, We Are The Union, JER, Kill Lincoln, Cheekface, Enumclaw, Adwaith, Obongjayar, Aoife Nessa Frances, Thor & Friends, Chickasaw Mudd Puppies, Death Valley Girls, Dream Wife, Fake Fruit, Gay Meat, July Talk , Girl Scout, Jessica Winter, Patrick Holland, THICK, Bella White, Garrett T. Capps & NASA Country, Mariel Buckley, Pendant, Snooper, and more.
“OSEES have shared a video for “Scum Show” from this year’s very punk A Foul Form. Directed by Malo Sutra Fish on a Super 8 camera with hand processing and animation by l’Etna Collective Lab, the video is as raw and visceral as the song itself. You can watch that below.
The band have also shared the video of their recent KEXP session which has John Dwyer and crew blazing through tracks off the new album — watch that below as well”
“John Dwyer and the rest of the OSEES are in Austin this weekend, playing all four nights of Levitation fest, and have holiday shows in NYC in December (Brooklyn Made on 12/16 & 12/17). After that they’ll head to Australia in February for six shows”
“Having already toured with Freedom Band earlier this year, Ty Segall will begin his solo acoustic tour on November 4 in Portland. The first part of the tour is with Emmett Kelly, while East Coast shows — including Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 15 — are with Charles Moothart. He’ll head to Australia and New Zealand in the new year”
“OSEES were just in Brooklyn over the weekend for three shows, and they’ve now announced they’ll be back in December to play two nights at Brooklyn Made on 12/16 and 12/17. Psychic Graveyard open the 12/16 show and Tea Eater open the 12/17 show.
You can get tickets early for the Brooklyn Made shows with the BrooklynVegan presale that runs Wednesday, September 28 at 10 AM through Thursday (9/29) at 10 AM. If you miss out on our presale, tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 30 at 10 AM”.
“Booking a two-night residency in Chicago at the same time Riot Fest is going on down the street might be considered a bold move for some punk bands. But when your band happens to be venerable psych-punk legends the Osees, such concerns really need not apply”
‘Los Angeles garage psych punk purveyors Osees rolled in to Red Rocks Amphitheatre Saturday May 15th for a one-off show to one of the last pandemic-limited crowds of the early 2021 season. Threatening weather moved out of the area just in time, leaving clear skies and perfect temperatures for the sold out, pandemic-limited* crowd.’
“…Osees (an iteration of Oh Sees) just released their new album Protean Threat on September 18, and they’ve already announced two more records that are coming soon. One is the Protean Threat remix album Panther Rotate, which is out December 11 via Castle Face…”
Oh Sees have announced a September tour of North America. The band, joined on the road by Mr. Elevator, will play 18 shows that month. The North American shows follow spring and summer stops in the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as a May 9 benefit show in Los Angeles to support Elizabeth House and the East Los Angeles Women’s Center.
The wildly prolific Oh Sees haven’t released an album since August (the jazzy Face Stabber) so they are probably due for an announcement sooner than later. In the meantime, they’ve announced a North American tour which will have them out with Mr. Elevator in September. Dates kick off with two nights in San Francisco and include stops Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Providence, NYC, Philadelphia, Carrboro, Atlanta, Austin and Albuquerque.
Oh Sees have announced a run of fall North American tour dates. Throughout the month of September, the band will be performing in 18 dates across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the September tour, Oh Sees will be performing on a UK run of dates in May and a European tour this July. More information is available below and tickets go on sale this Friday, February 14th.
As always, there’s a new Oh Sees record coming out soon—and, as always, we still have no idea what to expect even after a handful of tracks have been released. The first three singles on the massive double LP range from jazz fusion to garage punk, with the band helpfully describing the album as “SoundCloud hip-hop reversed, a far-flung nemesis of contemporary country and flaccid algorithmic pop-barf.”
Next week, Oh Sees are releasing a new album, Face Stabber. The prolific band has shared a handful of tracks from it already, including “Henchlock,” “Poisoned Stones,” and “Heartworm,” and today they’re back with another one, “Captain Loosely,” a squelching instrumental that feels surprisingly meditative and spacey for the band.
Oh Sees have made a video for “Captain Loosely” which is from their upcoming album, Face Stabber (which is out next week). The video was directed by Matt Yoka and shot on the U.S./Mexico border in Texas, and they’ve dedicated it to the victims of the August 3 El Paso mass shooting.
In the current issue of Uncut – in shops now or available to buy online by clicking here – we look back at Oh Sees’ fluid discography and chart their move from acoustic noise experimentation through garage rock and beyond, to the heavier and hairier directions of last year’s hard-grooving Smote Reverser.
“We have been around for 20-something years, so if we haven’t done something that somebody might like at some point…” laughs Oh Sees’ John Dwyer. “Fuck, yeah. We’ve got quite a bit. And there’s more to come, as far as I can tell.
Oh Sees have announced a sprawling 43-date world tour. The band will kick things off in early May in Atlanta before heading to the UK and Ireland for the remainder of that month. They’ll play a handful of dates across the rest of Europe until September, when they’ll return to the North America for shows in the US and Canada; Prettiest Eyes will join Oh Sees for select dates on this leg. The tour is set to close out in LA on Halloween night. Last summer, Oh Sees released Smote Reverser, which featured the excellent “Anthemic Aggressor.” Find the full list of tour dates below.
Fresh from a slew of shows out in Austin for this year’s SXSW, Oh Sees have announced a massive world tour that stretches across the rest of the year.
John Dwyer and co will begin the tour at Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta in early May, before heading to the UK and Ireland, taking in a host of European dates before returning to the States in the Autumn.
Oh Sees (formerly known as Thee Oh Sees) have announced a massive 43-date tour. The trek kicks off on May 3 in Atlanta and stops in various locations across the UK and Europe before returning Stateside at the end of September. The band will play shows in San Francisco, Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Austin, and more before wrapping up in Los Angeles on Halloween. Check out Oh Sees’ full itinerary below.
John Dwyer is never not busy. When he’s not touring non-stop or making records with Oh Sees (like this year’s awesome Smote Reverser), he’s got his solo project Damaged Bug, and the label he runs, Castle Face, that puts out a dozen or so records a year. He’s slowing things down just a bit this weekend when he brings his pastoral, folky OCS collaboration with onetime Oh See Brigid Dawson and a string section to Brooklyn’s Murmrr Theatre on Saturday (12/15).
“With 21 full-lengths, eight EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and at least a dozen seven-inches released over the last 21 years, there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to garage-psych outfit Oh Sees (also known as Thee Oh Sees).”
“First single “Overthrown” jams a dose of heavy metal skull-crushery into Oh Sees’ typically frenetic style, and the latest album’s cover art leans further into the theme with a painting of a dragon looming over a burning city. It looks like the cover of a fantasy novel, which coincidentally is artist Matt Stawicki’s main gig.”
Which is to say, is there too much recorded music in the world? Yes. Is most of it forgettable? Certainly. Below are 30 albums, alphabetically arranged, by Los Angeles-area artists issued this year that deserve your investment.