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“Wide awake, and I’m chasing after you”—exclaims a breathless Jessica Dobson, singer and multi-instrumentalist of Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver. The lyric is one that best encapsulates the front woman’s bravado and fearlessness which dominates Deep Sea Diver’s forthcoming sophomore LP, Secrets—Out February 19th on their own High Beam records. In their desire to explore dualities, Deep Sea Diver urgently and deliberately move you from rock experimentation to dreamy soundscapes, Kraut-esque drum and bass grooves to angular danci-ness, and full fledged orchestration to bare bones simplicity. Dobson has the voice and authority to tie it all together, and turn it into a cohesive unit that soars yet remains beautifully delicate and intimate. Live, the band has received acclaim for their festival-ready power and presence, Jessica’s larger than life guitar hooks, and their cascading layers that build upon each other until they reach their explosive peak.
In late 2013, Dobson put in her notice to former Shins boss, James Mercer, in order to give full attention to her own musical vision. Mercer agreed, saying “I’ll miss you, but I give you my full support. You’ve gotta pursue Deep Sea Diver”. While much was gleaned from the experiences in her many years spent playing with top tier musical outfits (Beck, the Shins, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs,) something was brewing that demanded a sort of dedication and alertness that couldn’t be fully engaged while moonlighting as a side-woman for those greats. “Good thing too," noted Stereogum, "because Jessica is an incredible front woman.”
Recorded with Darrell Thorpe (Radiohead, Beck) and Luke Vanderpol at the Bank in CA, Jessica and band (comprised of husband Peter Mansen on drums, Garrett Gue on bass, and Elliot Jackson on guitar and synth) have together created an album that is colorful, energetic, and varied—with an emotional depth and pulsating charge that demands the listeners full attention. As she and Mercer sing together on Creatures of Comfort, “I’m in my own world”, the listener is brought in, and very content that this is the world that she has chosen and invited others into. Secrets is an album you will not want to keep to yourself.
You guys tomorrow is my birthday and all I want is to see your faces at our Upstream Music Fest + Summit set. DSD plays @ 5pm on the main stage!
We are playing a free show tonight at Reuben's Brews in Seattle. Easily our favorite brewery. I'd post a link but Facebook algorithms are dumb. Event starts at 6PM. We play soon after. Come drink beer and hang out with us
NY we are coming back baby. We will be playing 2 very special headlining shows in NYC Rockwood Music Hall // BKLYN Union Pool in June. We will be debuting new songs & you will be sad & experience fomo if you don't come.
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY! http://tinyurl.com/muknfhr
You guys.... this lineup is insane. We will be playing Saturday 6.24
at Solid Sound Festival with Wilco & a limited # of single day tickets are now avail. We've heard from so many people that this one of the most unique and enjoyable festivals around, so come if you can!
TONIGHT // Last show of tour with Spoon at SXSW We play at 8pm , get there early The Main 6th & Red River
We are ending our tour with one of our favorite bands Spoon this Wednesday @sxsw ! so pumped to be a part of their 3 night residency at the old Emos. We play at 8pm , come see us if you're gonna be at SXSW !
ATLANTA!! We are headed your way this week. We'll be headlining at The EARL on March 10th w/ support from Shantih Shantih & Oak House. Grab your tix asap xoxo http://tinyurl.com/gl2luxt