Thee More Shallows

Thee More Shallows

Infobox musical artist
Name = Thee More Shallows

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Background = group_or_band
Origin = flagicon|United States San Francisco, California
Genre = Indie rock Experimental rock
Years_active = 2001–present
Label = flagicon|United States anticon. (current) flagicon|United Kingdom Monotreme Records flagicon|United States Turn Records flagicon|United States Megalon Records
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URL = []
Current_members = Dee Kesler Chavo Fraser Jason Gonzales
Past_members = Tadas Kisielius

Thee More Shallows are a three-piece San Francisco based experimental indie rock band formed in 2001, consisting of song-writer Dee Kesler, Chavo Fraser and Jason Gonzales. The key elements of their sound usually consist of soft, whispered introspective vocals against a backdrop of finger-picked guitar and synthesized elements, with influences ranging from classical to electronica. Their style has sometimes been labeled as sadcore. []

Kesler and Gonzales are also in Ral Partha Vogelbacher, and Kesler co-produced and played trumpet on "If Found" from Sinombre's debut album Curves of Sirens.


The three musicians who would come to comprise Thee More Shallows met for the first time at a concert in 2001, where they were all playing with different groups. Songwriter Dee Kesler at the time was in a band called Shackleton along with Tadas Kisielius, and the two of them became the founding members of the group originally known as simply Thee Shallows. Tadas soon moved away, however, and so Kesler brought in Chavo Fraser and Jason Gonzales, both of whom were performing as drummers at the time.

It was in a basement room in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco that the band began work on their debut album, "A History of Sport Fishing". The album was both composed and recorded in a two-week period during which the band would work only in the early hours of the morning. The final product was released in 2002, originally under Thee Shallows until the band were forced to change their name after a call from an attorney. It showcased classical influences as well as laying down the foundation of the groups mellow, textured sound. [] In the US the album was released under Megalon Records and received very little promotion while in the UK it was given a big push by Monotreme Records and this led to the band becoming more popular in Europe than in their home country. []

The band returned from their promotional tour filled with determination, soon building their own studio in Oakland in order to set about recording the follow-up. But this was a task which would come to occupy them for the next two years as they painstakingly recorded each track to their own satisfaction. The final result of this lengthy process was "More Deep Cuts" which came out in 2004 in the UK once again under Monotreme Records. In 2005 the band decided to go with Turn Records for the US release after struggling to find a dedicated label for their music. [] The band also released a UK-only promotional EP for this album called "Cuts Plus Two", which featured two songs from the album along with two unreleased tracks.

They followed this up with the "Monkey vs. Shark" EP in 2006. One of the tracks on this release was a remix of one of their earlier songs by members of the San Francisco-based anticon. label, who the band eventually decided to sign with for their third studio album, "Book of Bad Breaks", which came out in April 2007. This album, like their previous efforts, was met with a favorable critical response. []



*"A History of Sport Fishing" (2002)
*"More Deep Cuts" (2004)
*"Book of Bad Breaks" (2007)


*"Cuts Plus Two" (2005)
*"Monkey vs. Shark" (2006)

External links

* [ Thee More Shallows' website]
* [ Interview with Dee Kesler]
* [ Turn Records profile]
* [ Monotreme Records profile]
* [ Thee More Shallows' live review and videos]

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