“What the fuck is heading on?/Human life is not that lengthy” (Osees, “Funeral Solution”)
Supplied that he’s now averaging four album releases a year, it is most likely no shock to master that John Dwyer barrels via lifestyle on a a lot quicker velocity setting than anyone else. “Let’s get one thing to take in,” he declares, striding out into Brixton rush-hour targeted traffic in search of a cafe he does not yet know exists. Dwyer walks and talks like he records: quickly, and with goal. He doesn’t skip a defeat when an above-eager young enthusiast accosts him at the crossing to request for musical tips (brilliantly, he tells them to go and listen to “The Kettle” by Colosseum). Deploying the remarkably tuned cultural antennae that have authorized him to surf – and generally direct – the currents of 21st-century underground rock, inside of minutes he’s seated in a booth at a single of South London’s hippest noodle joints, slurping on a hearty bowl of ramen even though concurrently trying to shut down a threatened leak of Osees’ new album.
Dwyer, of training course, is not just the band’s frontman, bandleader, main songwriter and garrulous spokesman – he’s also their supervisor and label boss. “Oh yeah, I’m a total handle freak,” he grins, wiping the ramen broth from his moustache. “I like executing it and by a process of elimination I uncovered out I was rather very good at it. I had no formal instruction in any of this shit – I’ve lied my way into just about every position I’ve at any time experienced. Even the guitar I learned by slipping ass-backwards into it.”
Ass-backwards or not, Dwyer has used the very last pair of a long time setting up Osees – and the excellent Castle Experience label he co-started, to begin with just to release their documents – into a veritable psychedelic cottage field. Back at the transform of the century, OCS (as they have been styled on their to start with releases) were being just a strange house-recording diversion for Dwyer from his most important bands Coachwhips and Pink & Brown. But when their journeys both of those fizzled out, he realised that in purchase to go on building the form of songs he required in the way he wanted, he’d have to presume overall command. “Luckily, my men, I think, realise the volume of work I do makes it a minor little bit less complicated on them. We have a fantastic socialist system of payment heading, but they do not have to do issues like spend for lodges or ebook the reveals. I’m essentially running every little thing for the reason that I like carrying out it. I’m excellent at it, but I also like controlling! So it is a minimal win-gain all spherical.”
“John is generous and protecting as a bandmate, and so enjoyment to be close to,” says Brigid Dawson, a crucial Osees contributor for a lot more than 10 many years and continue to a member of the Castle Face family members. “He operates a restricted ship and expects you to participate in to the very best of your skills, which tends to make the band limited and the audio improved. Finding to engage in in these kinds of a terrific band – I feel very lucky.”