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Jessica Dobson started her music career early as she was signed to Atlantic Records at just 19. She recorded two solo albums, but both her and the label did not like the end result, so they were ultimately shelved. Some would see this one-two punch of disappointment a crippling blow, but she took it in stride focusing on her more indie-orientated jams. This led her to a string of supporting guitar roles with other artists Beck, the Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Spoon, and Conor Oberst. Each of these stops gave her the stripes and positive energy to revisit a solo career that was earlier stifled.

In 2009, the hired gun transformed into a bandleader under the Deep Sea Diver moniker and alongside husband Peter Mansen (drums), she released the New Caves EP. Garrett Gue (bass), and Elliot Jackson (guitar/synth) joined them and quartet self-released their full-length debut, “History Speaks”, in 2012 (while she was still in the Shins). 2014 was the year for DSD’s “Always Waiting” EP that was succeeded by 2016’s “Secrets”. Just ahead of Deep Sea Diver’s third full-length release, ‘Impossible Weight’, Dobson virtually welcomed PG’s Chris Kies into her friend’s Seattle-based studio. The Deep Sea Diver captain opens up about aligning her offset guitar choices to indie icons Elvis Costello, Johnny Marr, and Jonny Greenwood, crediting Nels Cline for introducing her to a must-have pedal, and twisting her band’s sound from “strangled cats to glassy Johnny Greenwood” and everywhere in between.

Deep Sea Diver’s new album ‘Impossible Weight’ out now. Filmed during the recording of Impossible Weight at Hall of Justice in Seattle WA.

Deep Sea Diver is Jessica Dobson, Peter Mansen, Garrett Gue & Elliot Jackson. Emotions abound; inarticulable. We understand fully that we are releasing an album at a time when a lot of people are experiencing economic hardship. So many people have lost their jobs, can’t pay rent, and are not in a place to buy anything other than what is essential for living. This album, so far, sounds very personal and reflective. Lots of intricate sounds and meticulous effort was put into the sound!
Dobson, who was signed to Atlantic Records at 19-years-old, has experienced just about every high and low when it comes to the music business in the years since. And in an era when bands, venues, tours and everything else are experiencing atrophy, Deep Sea Diver is fairing – knock on wood – pretty well. In some ways, better than ever. Ever since their solo single release in April to their new LP out on the famed ATO record label, things have oddly, paradoxically fallen into place for the band.

The new 10-track album has been finished for a year. But it can take a while for a record to find the right placement. With ATO, Deep Sea Diver has found that home. “Impossible Weight” is stellar. Each track sticks out, impresses. “Eyes Are Red (Don’t Be Afraid)” feels like a rush of energy after running a race through New York City. “Shattering the Hourglass” inspires, saying forget the construct of time. “Wishing” pulls at the heart. And “Impossible Weight,” which features Sharon Van Etten, is a blistering eruption of rock. The LP pops with tight rhythms, bright guitars and Dobson’s clearest, crispest vocal performance to date.

“Everything has always been backwards for Deep Sea Diver,” Dobson says. “It’s been an uphill battle. Self-releasing records is really hard and we’ve done that so many times. But with quarantine, we took the approach of saying ‘screw the music business.’”

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Jessica Dobson, frontwoman and principle songwriter for the Seattle-based band, Deep Sea Diver, was adopted. While this is indeed a very personal bit of information it is also pertinent to the story of the band’s new LP. Any work of art takes a lifetime to create. While, in truth, from first note to final mix, a song may take, say, a year or two, the work is, in actuality, a culmination of a person’s entire existence. It wasn’t until recently that Dobson met her birth mother, which was both monumental and fascinating for the expert musician. The encounter is one of several recent marvelous moments for Dobson and her percolating, neon-electric-sounding group, which is set to release its latest LP, Impossible Weight .

Released October 16th, 2020.

Multi-talented musician  Jessica Dobson from Seattle band Deep Sea Diver. Even if her name doesn’t ring a bell right away, you probably know her work because she’s toured with one of your favorite bands The Shins, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Beck (as their guitarist).

But her own band Deep Sea Diver, have released their second music video from the most recent album, “Secrets”.
It’s called “Wide Awake,” and the moody video will jolt you wide awake with Dobson’s bold, breathy lyrics that come in after a steady musical build-up.
“Wide awake / And I’m chasing after you / Like a tidal wave / Rushing around the heels of your every move”
We love the delicate balance of explosive rock and low-key intimacy that Deep Sea Diver has achieved here, not to mention the strength of Dobson’s vocal.

She’s barely in her 30s, but Jessica Dobson is already on the third leg of her career. Signed to Atlantic as a wide-eyed 19-year-old, she left two records on their shelf before touring in bands for the likes of Beck and Conor Oberst, with stints in Spoon and The Shins, as well. She’s been releasing her own music as Deep Sea Diver since 2009; Secrets is its fourth release. Her guitar chops have always been undeniable, but Dobson’s growth as a songwriter is most apparent here.

Jessica Dobson is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist. She has performed with several musicians and bands, including Beck, Conor Oberst, Spoon and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well as being a solo artist. She currently serves as guitarist for American indie rock band The Shins as well as fronting and playing guitar

 

Jessica Dobson is pure rock and roll, but you can feel heaps of elements coming together on (the new album)” Dobson’s voice soars over the band’s heavily layered sound, but everything locks together, gelling into something dense and triumphant a complex, precisely arranged and lyrically pensive suite of songs… achieves tremendous density and depth. Deep Sea Diver’s new album “Secrets” will be out Feb 19th, 2016 on High Beam Records. Full North American tour throughout February and March. Maybe British dates this summer.