Watching Seattle's Deep Sea Diver
, it's hard not to be captivated by frontwoman Jessica Dobson's sheer rock 'n' roll energy. The music she makes with collaborators Peter Mansen (percussion) and John Raines (bass) is smart, spiky, and endlessly danceable (but we wouldn't expect any less from someone who's collaborated with Karen O and Beck). Dobson's voice is versatile, shifting between a ghostly falsetto and punk growl in seconds, and the musical landscape supporting her wavers and changes so often that you've got to play close attention or you may miss some of the gorgeous details they have lovingly orchestrated into every song. Dobson herself switches between pounding it out on the guitar, piano, and tambourine, all the while keeping up her charming charisma and killer pipes. Deep Sea Diver released their debut album History Speaks
back in 2012, and we can't wait to see what they do next.
Deep Sea Diver originated in 2007 as the the solo project of Jessica Dobson. (The Shins, Beck) The 2009 self released "New Caves" EP showcased a small batch of carefully crafted pop songs that resulted in a number of comparisons to early Cat Power and PJ Harvey. During this time, Dobson set her sights on assembling a band to hit the road, and soon thereafter Deep Sea Diver was opening up for Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band on their summer tour. 2010 saw Deep Sea Diver grow into a true and collaborative band with the addition of Peter Mansen on drums and John Raines on bass. The band spent most of 2011 in the studio with Matt Wignall recording their debut full-length "History Speaks", which was released on February 24th, 2012.