There’s something about garage rock that’s engrained within the aesthetic of San Francisco. Whether it’s the crunchy vocals, twangy guitars or homage to the city’s psychedelic legacy, no other band represents this sound—and attitude—better than Thee Oh Sees. Originally the experimental side-project of John Dwyer of Coachwhips, Thee Oh Sees have become a stand-alone rock group best known for their frenetic, sometimes nonsensical songs replete with plenty of guitar riffage and a hyperactive stage presence to match.
Brigid Dawson, vocalist and keyboardist of Thee Oh Sees, has often been equated as the sweet, “silver lining” to the band’s rough and ready sound. Some way, somehow, she’s able to keep her elegiac voice on par with the frantic energy of their live shows, and the ensuing mosh pits, beer throwing and crowd surging that comes standard.
In her guide to San Francisco, she gives insight into how she spends her time around the Bay Area, from quiet moments in the city’s pristine parks and beaches, to the best live venues, vintage shops and Mexican eateries south of Market, and some in the northern parts too.
[Image, © John Dwyer]