That didn’t take too long. Thee Oh Sees are back to being a dual-drummer foursome. !!! (Chk Chk Chk) drummer Paul Quattrone has signed on to be part of John Dwyer’s posse. Dan Rincon, the band’s other drummer, shared the news via his Instagram in advance of Thee Oh See’s two-night stand last week at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. The band also confirmed Paul’s membership on their website.
In November, drummer Ryan Moutinho voluntarily left Thee Oh Sees. There wasn’t much noise made about his departure and Dwyer, Rincon and Tim Hellman (bass) played their remaining 2016 shows as a trio. The touring configuration that featured both Moutinho and Rincon on drums had been in place since 2015, following the release of Mutilator Defeated At Last. Moutinho wasn’t involved in the recording of that album, but did have a hand in the group’s last two studio albums, A Weird Exits and An Odd Entrances.
It’s unclear as to whether Quattrone has left !!! (Chk Chk Chk). He’s been with the band since 2008 and was still playing with them at the end of last year, including their November residency at Union Pool and appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly in December (incidentally, the episode that features the band reruns on Monday, January 16). !!! have also been working on new material and have previewed some of the tracks live, including “Dancing Is the Best Revenge”, which they performed on Last Call with Carson Daly in October. The group are also set to play Primavera Sound 2017 in the spring. (Update: Quattrone is still playing with !!! (Chk Chk Chk). He played shows with the group at SXSW, see here. However, he is missing from the photo promoting the group’s new album, Shake the Shudder, and upcoming tour.)
Prior to !!!, Quattrone was a fixture in the Pittsburgh music scene, playing with Modey Lemon, Midnite Snake, Baby Bird, and percussion/electronics duo Italian Ice.
As for seeing the latest incarnation of Thee Oh Sees, the band have a few festival dates and a European tour coming up. The shows at Teragram last week were benefit concerts co-presented by Panache Booking with proceeds going to LA Kitchen and the Animal Welfare Institute. You can check out footage @spentheart posted from the show on Instagram below. Also, below are the group’s upcoming 2017 dates.
Thee Oh Sees Tour Dates
2/3 Sabertooth Music Festival – Portland, OR
2/25 & 2/26 Club 77, Puerto Rico
3/2 No Plus Ultra, Los Angeles, CA
4/29 Norman Music Fest – Norman, OK
5/5 Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
5/6 Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
5/7 Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
5/8 Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
5/10La Coopérative de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
5/11 La Sirène, La Rochelle, France
5/12 Le 106, Rouen, France
5/13 L’épicerie Moderne, Lyon, France
5/14 Trabendo, Paris, France
5/18 Stereolux, Nantes, France
5/20 La Magnifique Society, Reims, France
5/21 L’Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
5/26 Sasquatch Festival, Gorge Amphitheater Washington
6/3 Field Day 2017 – Victoria Park, London, UK
6/4 SWX, Bristol, UK
6/6 La BAM, Metz, France
6/7 Magnolia, Milano, Italy
6/8 Beaches Brew, Ravenna, Italy
6/9 Bad Bonn, Dudingen, Switzerland
6/10 This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes, France
6/11 le block, Bordeaux, France
6/14 Transformers, Manchester University, UK