The Oh Sees are a busy band. The psychedelic noise-rock group from San Francisco have released no less than 16 full length albums since 2006. Although the inception of the band dates back to 1997, 2006 marks the year that the band became the primary focus of frontman John Dwyer. He hasn’t looked back since.
You read that correctly, 16 albums! The latest of these is their 2019 project Face Stabber. With this release, they’ve lost none of their musical ambition as the single, titled “Henchlock”, clocks in at a full 21 minutes. The Oh Sees blend various genres, such as garage-rock, post-punk, and psychedlia wonderfully across the span of this album.
Yet, prolific studio output aside, the band has also managed to garner an impressive reputation for their live performance. Dwyer has always maintained that The Oh Sees are a live band at heart and their extensive tour schedule has backed up that declaration. Spontaneity is the musical quality that most obviously pronounced in live performance as compared to a studio recording. The Oh Sees prove they are well aware of this as no song played by them in a live capacity truly sounds identical. A synth might be modulated here, a guitar solo extended there. It all makes for a unique and unforgettable experience.
The band has a noted history of shuffling through touring members so a survey of their current lineup is worthwhile. John Dwyer, who tackles both vocal and guitar responsibilities, is the only original member of the band. Meanwhile, Tim Hellman plays bass, Tomas Dolas plays keyboard, and Paul Quattrone and Dan Rincon combine for a powerful drum sound.