John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees is releasing his second album under the name Damaged Bug via Castle Face Records.

“Cold Hot Plumbs” is a follow-up to 2014’s “Hubba Bubba.” Described best by Castle Face, this album feels like “a visit to the alien world that sent it into the cosmos.” This is certainly the vibe that I’m getting from it.

I imagine it went down like this: the Oh Sees’ spaceship came under attack, and Dwyer shot out with an escape pod, taking with him a Moog and some recording equipment. Damaged Bug was the result of his time helplessly drifting through space.

Or maybe he just wrote it in his apartment in L.A. Who knows.

Take a listen to a couple of the tracks below and see what you think. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.


The Details

John Dwyer has a surprise for us…while we’ve all been eagerly anticipating the next Oh Sees record, he’s been tirelessly working in his synth laboratory as Damaged Bug and has hand-crafted a followup to last year’s neon-noir Hubba Bubba that shakes up the snow globe considerably. If Hubba Bubba was a brush with a robotic exoskeleton on deep-space patrol, Cold Hot Plumbs is a visit to the alien world that sent it into the cosmos - lush, textural, psychedelic at times, the songs breathe with a otherworldly sadness and heart, with barbed and sophisticated arrangements flowering in every direction. The vintage-perfect sound palette would be but window dressing if not for the songs themselves, which sound fresh, vital, and above all catchier than the flu. Cold Hot Plumbs is a strange, beautiful, and oddly infectious addition to Mr. Dwyer’s oeuvre, and not one to be missed. Firefly Glass Edition comes with an exclusive flexi of "Angel of The Snow" and is limited to 2 per customer.

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