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Oh Sees (fka Thee Oh Sees) announce new album, Orc, share “The Static God” — listen

John Dwyer’s garage rock project receives a name change for its latest full-length

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    Photo by​ ​​Autumn Andel

    ​​As of 2017, John Dwyer has been performing with one incarnation or another of Thee Oh Sees for 20 years. With the project now entering its third decade of existence, it’s adopting a new name, dropping the article/pronoun to become simply Oh Sees. To christen the revised moniker, the band has announced a new album, Orc, set for a August 25th release via Castle Face Records.

    Marking the Dwyer’s 19th effort under some form of the Oh Sees brand, Orc serves as a direct follow-up to last year’s A Weird Exit. The album was recorded with the current lineup of bassist and dual drummers Dan Rincon and Paul Quattrone. A press release says the record is “More evil … more complex, more narcotic, more screech, more roar, more whisper, there’s even more Brigid Dawson.” (Dawson has long provided keyboards and backing vocals for the band, often helping Dwyer craft his melodies.)

    As a first listen to the rebranded Oh Sees and Orc, Dwyer’s shared the lead single “The Static God”. It’s a sweaty, driving song that feels something like the opening scene of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Things seem pretty good, heading down the highway in a convertible with a breeze of oohing harmonies and peppy guitars. Then the bats dive in, however, screeching and squealing and blowing your coke everywhere. Menace definitely lurks throughout the cut, and you can take a listen below.

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    Orc Album Art:

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    Orc Tracklist:
    01. The Static God
    02. Nite Expo
    03. Animated Violence
    04. Keys To The Castle
    05. Jettison
    06. Cadaver Dog
    07. Paranoise
    08. Cooling Tower
    09. Drowned Beast
    10. Raw Optics

    People who bought tickets to Thee Oh Sees’ current tour might be a bit surprised when they end up seeing a band without the Thee. If you haven’t purchased yours yet, consider yourself forewarned. Find the band’s complete itinerary below.

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    Oh Sees 2017 Tour Dates:
    06/07 – Milano, IT @ Magnolia
    06/08 – Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew
    06/09 – Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
    06/10 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song
    06/11 – Bordeaux, FR @ le block
    06/12 – Tours, FR @ le temps machine
    06/14 – Manchester University, UK @ Transformers
    06/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Phono Del Sol Festival
    07/22-23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
    08/06 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
    08/08 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
    08/10 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
    08/11 – Gothenburg, DW @ Way Out West Festival
    08/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
    08/18 – Saint Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock
    08/19 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
    09/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
    09/02 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
    09/04 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas Outside
    09/05 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
    09/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    09/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
    09/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
    09/13 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
    09/14 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe I Le National
    09/15 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Theater
    09/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
    09/17 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
    09/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
    09/22 – Missoula, MT @ Monk’s
    09/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
    09/25 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

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