Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Music

San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees take an indefinite hiatus

See also

Sad news for fans of The Oh Sees, an outfit that started out as a side project and evolved into one of the Bay Area's most beloved and raucous punk outfits - the quintet announced they're on hiatus. The bright side? They're not breaking up. Instead, the band is taking a much-needed breather from an incessantly hectic schedule that yielded at least one new release per year and a never-ending string of incendiary live performances that have earned them international acclaim.

SF Weekly received the official scoop, a few nights ago, when lead singer John Dwyer, who also released a photo book earlier in the year, made the announcement to a sold-out crowd at Great American Music Hall. "This will be the last Oh Sees show for a long while," he told the crowd. "So dig in."

Plans during the hiatus include moves for two members of the band. Dwyer has lived in the heart of the Mission at 17th and Valencia for years. However, recent transformations in the neighborhood's culture, and throughout San Francisco, have pushed him toward sunnier pastures in Los Angeles. Keyboardist Brigid Dawson is leaving for Santa Cruz.

Thee Oh Sees started out in the early 2000s as a side-project for Dwyer to release his more experimental home recordings. He was known for his work in Bay Area bands Coachwhips and The Hospitals at the time. However, after a few releases, transformations, and a solidifying of the project's name and defying genre, it evolved into a band that has released indie rock classics including Floating Coffin, Carrion Crawler/The Dream, and Help.

Not one to break tradition, Thee Oh Sees will still be releasing a new album in early 2014. Stresses Dwyer, "we will see where the live show goes from there.”


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Sports Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!