Thee Oh Sees

San Francisco-based experimental garage-pop group Thee Oh Sees has gone through several name changes (OCS, the Ohsees, Orinoka Crash Suite, Orange County Sound) and some lineup changes too, but it's always been based around the songwriting of John Dwyer, previously the vocalist and guitar-playing force behind noisy punk bands Coachwhips and Pink and Brown, bands especially notorious for their unhinged live performances. Following Coachwhips' break-up in 2005, Thee Oh Sees became Dwyer's primary musical outlet, gradually shifting from a minimal, warbling folk project into its much different shape today: Robust psych-pop with a gritty, manic sensiblity unlike anything else out there.