Back in 2o14, John Dwyer, frontman of punk heroes Thee Oh Sees, told Pitchfork that he was leaving the Bay for Los Angeles. “Basically, I am moving to L.A. for a breath of fresh air,” he said. “Seemingly overnight, [San Francisco] has filled up with phone-scrolling, blank-faced wanderers (particularly in my neighborhood).”
For the last year, he's been living down south, but it turns out the air wasn’t so fresh after all: San Francisco’s favorite transplant is returning home after two years in the desert (confirmed on Friday, April 1).
[jump] Dwyer — who is from Providence, RI, but who spent the bulk of his career living in S.F. — left The City By The Bay after he decided it had become “clogged with the cholesterol of normals.” In a now infamous press release from his label Castle Face Records, Dwyer wrote, “San Francisco has long been filling up with noobs…but now we face the most dangerous, the most egregious and blandest of them all… people with lots of money. NOBODY can square-up a joint like rich people.”
Apparently, after two years of being surrounded by Kardashian lookalikes, untold scores of failed actors, and Father John Misty, he’s had a change of heart. “I’ve gotten pretty close with Mark Zuckerberg lately,” he told SF Weekly in an exclusive interview. “After using the Valencia filter on my Instagram account, I realized that I really missed San Francisco, and quite honestly, I like techies now!”
As rents have skyrocketed and tech companies and their massive armies of employees have conquered San Francisco neighborhoods as if they were playing a game of Risk, the creative class is struggling and many have fled to Los Angeles. While displaced musicians including Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Antwon, and Jessica Pratt all plan on staying down south, Dwyer is bucking the trend and making the trek back up Highway 5, this time for good. “I know I’ve ripped on the direction the city has gone these past few years, but as I grow older, I’ve gotten pretty into wine and other nice things,” he explained. “Café du Nord was great back in the day, but now they’ve got half-priced oysters at midnight! That beats any shitty teenage Sex Pistols knockoff band!”
With all of the money he’s saved by spending roughly 20% as much on rent as he did at his previous home in the Mission, he plans on scoring an apartment somewhere else. “I’m thinking about moving to SoMa so I can be close to CalTrain to commute to Silicon Valley with the rest of my new tech friends. It’s all so inspiring!” he said.
“The times are changing and I’m finally coming around to it, one app at a time,” Dwyer added. He’s working on an app too, but because it’s still in the beta stage, he couldn’t tell us too much about it.
It’s good to have you back John!