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"Thee Oh Sees (formerly The Ohsees, OCS, Orange County Sound, Orinoka Crash Suite) began as a way for John Dwyer (of Coachwhips, Pink and Brown, Landed, Yikes, Burmese, The Hospitals, Zeigenbock Kopf, etc.) to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings. However, over the course of several albums, it evolved into a full band."

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Bandega Interview with Johnny Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees (May 2010)

Make it long with Thee Oh Sees.

Q: How have your shows changed over the years? Has your perspective on performing live changed?
A: In the grand scheme of things I would say less drugs for us? But with Thee Oh Sees I would say line up changes have equaled different sounds. Early on, we had a much mellower sit down approach to the live show. Now, it's more like Coachwhips was live: on the floor and gross. But the nice thing about this group vs. Coachwhips is that we can pull it off on stage without it seeming all square.

Q: Describe the most memorable live show you've played.
A: So many moments to list. I think playing the bridge at 3 a.m. in Austin this year on a generator was pretty great and recent in my mind, but really I can't just list one show.

Q: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?
A: The Eagle Tavern in San Francisco. That's definitely our joint. I love those guys.

Q: Describe the most enjoyable show you've ever experienced as a fan.
A: Maybe Ornette Coleman at Davies Symphony Hall (in San Francisco) this year. Or maybe the first U.S. Maple tour where they played in the kitchen at Ft. Thunder in Rhode Island. And finally, Slayer at the Monsters of Metal tour in Rhode Island when I was a kid.

Q: A bit of a commotion has been made about the 14-minute title track on the upcoming Warm Slime. What's the story behind this one particular song and is it true that it involves some crazy guitar hijinks?
A: We are getting into all kinds of long songs right now. When I was young I would lay back and listen to songs and I was always a bit disappointed when a song ended after like 3 minutes. I would want it to ride for a long time. Seems like that era has ended, sort of. You know like Can's "Yoo Doo Right" and Eddie Harris' "I Don't Want Nobody". Even "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". I love that shit.

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