THEE OH SHEES- Newest Lp “Putrifiers II” on 2013

Thee Oh Sees newest LP, "Putrifiers II," is a marked departure from its 2008 lo-fi outing. They'll head back to the recording studio in December for an expected 2013 release. Photo: John Dwyer / SF
Thee Oh Sees newest LP, “Putrifiers II,” is a marked departure from its 2008 lo-fi outing. They’ll head back to the recording studio in December for an expected 2013 release. Photo: John Dwyer / SF
S.F. garage-psych rockers Thee Oh Sees regularly channel the superfueled energy of youngsters on a tear, live and on recordings, so it’s strangely perfect to picture the combo raging to a crowd heavy on the grade-schoolers, as they did Monday night in Portland, Ore.

“It was pretty sweet – it was a bunch of little kids for an early show,” recounts vocalist-keyboardist Brigid Dawson, decompressing afterward. “A lot of mums and dads with their 15-year-old daughter or 4-year-old son with earmuffs on while listening to the music.”

One can only imagine the kind of music those impressionable minds will generate someday after taking in Thee Oh Sees at such a tender age. Dawson’s bandmate, vocalist-guitarist John Dwyer – known for his prolific music making and high-intensity live performances in such projects as the Coachwhips, Pink and Brown and the Drums – would likely be a major role model for budding ax-slingers. One recent product of Dwyer’s teeming creativity: Thee Oh Sees new LP, “Putrifiers II.” Dawson says Dwyer wrote and recorded it with Chris Woodhouse (Mayyors, FM Knives) with contributions by Dawson on vocals, Mikal Cronin on sax, Heidi Alexander (the Sandwitches) on trumpet and vocals and K Dylan Edrich on viola.

“He had a clear vision of what he wanted to do, it seems to me – speaking for someone else, which is always a weird thing,” Dawson says now. “And he went in and recorded it like he was hearing it.”


Dawson first befriended Dwyer at Bean There, the Lower Haight cafe where she worked after moving to S.F. from London. She had been making music with Meric Long (the Dodos) and Karina Denike in a project called Mixtape when she wasn’t preparing a coffee every morning for Dwyer, who lived around the corner. A folkier, more acoustic-oriented Thee Oh Sees with Dwyer, Dawson and Patrick Mullins (Burmese) materialized soon after, in the mid-2000s.

These days, Dawson says, “We haven’t changed that much beyond just getting used to playing on slightly bigger stages and to slightly bigger crowds. During the first years, we played on the floor – always. That’s been a change as far as getting onstage and trying to translate the music we do to a bigger crowd.”

“I’m going to the Coachwhips reunions – one in Oakland and one in San Francisco, right before Halloween,” says Dawson, who plans to babysit for original members Mary Ann McNamara and John Harlow while they rehearse for their first shows with Dwyer since 2005. “I’m super-looking forward to it. I never saw them back in the day!”
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Thee Oh Sees mais novo LP, “Putrifiers II,” é uma excursão desde de 2008. Eles vão voltar para o estúdio de gravação, em dezembro de 2013 para um lançamento já esperado.
Foto: John Dwyer / SF

A Garagem-psych roqueiros
dos Thee Oh Sees regularmente canaliza a energia dos  jovens em lágrimas, e ao vivo ou  em gravações, por isso é estranhamente perfeito para retratar a  fúria de  uma multidão em fase escolar, como fizeram à noite, em Portland, Oregon

“Foi  um doce – era um monte de criancinhas na matine”, conta o vocalista e tecladista Brigid Dawson, que continua. “Um monte de mães e pais com sua filha de 15 anos de idade ou 4 anos de idade, fenquanto escutavam  as músicas.”

Colega de Dawson, o vocalista e guitarrista John Dwyer – conhecido por sua música prolífica e de alta intensidade, as performances ao vivo em projetos como os Coachwhips, Pink and Brown and the Drums- provavelmente seria um modelo importante para os Slingers. Um produto recente da criatividade repleta de Dwyer: O novo LP Thee Oh Sees, “Putrifiers II.” Dawson diz que Dwyer escreveu e gravou com Chris Woodhouse (Mayyors, FM Knive) com contribuições de Dawson nos vocais, Cronin Mikal no sax, Heidi Alexander (the Sandwitches) no trompete e vocais e K Dylan Edrich na viola.

Ele tinha uma visão clara do que ele queria fazer, parece-me – falando em nome de outra pessoa, o que é sempre uma coisa estranha “, diz Dawson agora.” E ele entrou e gravou como se estivesse ouvindo “.

Dawson primeiro fez amizade com Dwyer do  Bean There, no café Lower Haight  onde trabalhou depois de se mudar para São Francisco de Londres. Ela tinha vindo a fazer música com Long Meric (os Dodos) e Denike Karina em um projeto chamado Mixtape quando ela não estava preparando cafés todas as manhãs para Dwyer, que morava na esquina. A folkier, Oh Thee Oh See  é  mais acústico orientada com Dwyer, Dawson e Mullins Patrick (Birmânia) logo depois, em meados dos anos 2000.

Estes dias, Dawson diz: “Nós não mudamos  muito além de apenas apenas tocamos  em lugares  um pouco maiores e multidões um pouco mairores durante os primeiros anos, nós sempres tocavamos no chão  Isso foi uma mudança, tanto quanto ficando no palco e tentando traduzir a música que fazemos para uma grande publico. “


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