TRACKS: John Dwyer, Nick Murray, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas and Greg Coates – ‘Greener Pools’ and ‘City Maggot’: Osees bods steps out into jazz-psych impro

IF YOU thought a mere four albums in 2020 – the twin suns of Protean Threat and its through-the-looking-glass rerub Panther Rotate, the limited Metamorphose and the cassette-only Levitation Sessions – would maybe dry the wellspring of Osees’ John Dwyer, well boy! were you ever wrong; he’s back with a new associate project, who are already locked and loaded with an album, Witch Egg, which will fire on Rock Is Hell on January 22nd.

C’mon, who did you take him for? Axl Rose?

Nick Murray and Tom Dolas are the other current Osees men to follow John across, joining sax man Brad Caulkins and Greg Coates on Witch Egg for an album of improvised psych-sax-skronk fun.

We’ve embedded not one, but two, tracks below to help you get your head and the prospects for your immediate garage-punk bank balance around: “Greener Pools” and “City Maggot”.

If anything, John pulls away from the coastal psych a little and more towards a turn-of-the-millennium Windy City vibe, letting that sax howl free like The Chicago Underground Trio or somesuch, letting the atmospheres unfold.

Of course, the Witch Egg announcement comes with a missive in John’s unique hand, which twould be rude not to reproduce herein:


“Transmission incoming …
Alien sound waves have been bouncing off the side of our ship.
We’ve managed to capture some of them on plastic.
They appear suddenly out of the vacuum.
Projected by planets
Beamed through stars
Reflected off debris
Hanging in space like dust motes
Memories of planetary habitation.

“Witch egg is a improvised set of songs by John Dwyer, Nick Murray, Brad Caulkins, Greg Coates & Tom Dolas.
Another fried expedition out in the wilds.
Recorded and mixed at Stu-Stu-Studio by John Dwyer
This one is a burner designed optimally for your eco-pod sound system.
When you’ve left the world behind, you will need a soundtrack while you lay in dream stasis
This is it.”

Osees have also announced the dates for their rescheduled European tour next July. The itinerary is as follows; click on the venue hypertext link for more details and tickets for that date.

July 1st, 2021, Nîmes, Paloma;
July 2nd, Biarritz, Atabal;
July 3rd, Bordeaux, Rock School Barbey;
July 4th, Paris, Cabaret Vert;
July 6th, Lyon, Transbordeur;
July 7th, Schondorf, Manufaktur;
July 8th, Erfurt, Stoned from the Underground;
July 9th, Koln, Gebaude 9;
July 10th, Amsterdam, Paradiso;
July 11th, Gierle, Sjock Festival;
July 13th, Berlin, Festal Kreuzberg;
July 14th, Warsaw, Praga Centrum;
July 15th, Poznan, Tama, and
July 16th, Leipzig, UT Connewitz.

John Dwyer, Nick Murray, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas and Greg Coates’ Witch Egg will be released by Rock Is Hell records on vinyl on January 22nd – place your order here; it’s available only on digital download from John Dwyer at his Bandcamp page; or visit your local record store (Rough Trade are currently sold out on the red vinyl pre-order).

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