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.”