Posted in music on December 20, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Thee Oh Sees @ Irving Plaza, 10/29/2013 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Oh Sees

Well this is bummer news -- SF Weekly reports that San Francisco greats Thee Oh Sees are going on "indefinite hiatus" as frontman John Dywer is moving to Los Angeles, while singer Brigid Dawson is moving to Santa Cruz. Wednesday night, the band played The Great American Music Hall and Dwyer said onstage, ""This will be the last Oh Sees show for a long while, so dig in." Band manager Annie Southworth confirmed to the paper, "Will be a little hard to continue with all the different locales so who know what is going to happen... Cross fingers, we all are that it's not completely over."

This will mark the end of a very prolific period for the band. 2008's The Master's Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night In really got them noticed and and they've barely taken a breath since, endlessly touring, releasing albums, singles, EPs, flexis, splits at a dizzying rate. This year's Floating Coffin was one of their best, and Thee Oh Sees shows here in October found them at the height of their powers.

If this is the end, and we hope it's not, they went out with a bang. Check out video from that Great American Music Hall show below.

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Thee Oh Sees - "Contraption / Soul Desert" @ Great American Music Hall San Francisco 12-18-2013

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Comments (25)

In 5 years, they'll release a 15 LP box set of new material.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 10:24 AM

:(

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 10:27 AM

Who know?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 10:28 AM

Sad day in good music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 10:31 AM

It seems to me that a lot of bands manage to remain active with band members living in entirely different places -- sometimes entirely different countries or even continents. The distance between San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles doesn't really seem that far in comparison.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 10:47 AM

Well, its not like Dwyer retired from music. I'm sure his next project will be excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 11:17 AM

Dawson is not really important to the sound of the band. Her moving should be a non issue.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 11:31 AM

Dawson is essential to the band's sound.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 11:48 AM

Smoke some kill.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 12:08 PM

11:31 have you ever heard the band? Her voice is part of the sound.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 12:39 PM

this band is way too good live to not play anymore

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 12:50 PM

This totally sucks but looking forward to what Dwyer is up to next. Can't believe he is leaving San Fran though. Big loss for that scene.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 1:09 PM


OMG cry me a river - you're going to live 3 and half hours apart in a car. Babies.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 1:25 PM

I'ma name check Petey and simply say: DAMMIT!!

Bumming me OUT, Dwyer!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 1:42 PM

BRING BACK COACHWHIPS.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 2:25 PM

Why the fuck is Dwyer moving to LA of all places, talk about a megalith of ego, smog and the corporatization of all art. He's going to move back to SF in about a month.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 2:47 PM

:(

Posted by Only Bill Is Real | December 20, 2013 3:01 PM

san francisco has no scene.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 3:10 PM

Santa Cruz is practically a suburb or San Fran. LA is a stinking pile of donkey shit. Why Dwyer would ever want to live there is beyond me, but I'm sure there are plenty more music industry shills to blow there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 5:27 PM

who gives a shit? this band released enough albums, give it a rest

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 7:44 PM

To those who missed it: They said they're just taking a break and people should expect a new LP next year. Relax.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2013 1:13 AM

Why say anything if you're not actually breaking up?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2013 5:23 AM

H.Y.P.E.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2013 1:19 AM

San Francisco sucks

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2013 1:47 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2013 2:33 AM

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