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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.)