photos: OCS at The Chapel (12/17/17)

photos: OCS at The Chapel (12/17/17)

words & photos: Ansley Lee

For the twentieth Oh Sees record, John Dwyer stripped back the driving aggression we've all come to know from Oh Sees (rip thee) and returned to the roots of his creative endeavors. Memory of a Cut Off Head is a sonic companion to earlier releases under the OCS moniker with longtime collaborator, Brigid Dawson. It's an intimate, dense record and seemingly unrecognizable to the casual Oh Sees listener. 

Seeing OCS perform Memory of a Cut Off Head in it's entitreity, with a string section was a true treat. I made it to one of the SF dates at The Chapel with an acoustic set from Ty Segall and Shannon Lay to open. The show's (four in total, two in LA and two in SF) proceeds benefit the Coalition on Homelessness and are, as of now, the only time you'll be hearing this material live. 

The night closed with a few songs from the Sucks Blood/Thee Hounds of Foggy Notion era and one very long banger version of Block of Ice. It was perfect. 

Memory of a Cut Off Head is out now on Castle Face records