San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees play music reminiscent of good old rock and roll. The vocals harmonize through distorted amps, the lo-fi sound comes through every recording and each song is overwhelmed with reverb. They sound retro, poppy and creepy simultaneously. Raw and unprocessed, it feels honest and old school, straight from the basement to your record player. Some reviewers compare the band with the B-52s, but the band is quick to deny the resemblance.
Thee Oh Sees began with front man John Dwyer, whose career has spanned genres from noise to metal with bands including Coachwhips (aka Roachclips), The Hospitals and Pink and Brown. He wanted an opportunity to release his home recordings and the band took off from there.
Since forming in the late 90's the band (formerly called OCS forOrange County Sound and Orinoka Crash Suit) has released just under 10 albums. The current lineup features Dwyer on vocals and guitar, the whimsical vocals of Brigid Dawson, Petey Dammit on guitar and Mike Shoun on drums.
If you like Thee Oh Sees, be sure to vote for them in the Indie Rock/Pop category of the SF Weekly Music Awards. --Melissa Baron