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 History Speaks

(debut full-length)

self-released: February 24, 2012
artwork by Matt Maust
produced by Matt Wignall

re-released: June 1, 2012
remastered by TW Walsh


"The album is a dynamic nine tracks of dirty bass and robust percussion bouncing off Dobson's pop and rock guitar work, and boundless voice."

Spinner (June 2012)

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"'NWO' combines haunting, slow-burning verses with an incessant drumbeat and an amped-up chorus that showcases Dobson's plaintive vocals at their very best. Those disparate elements make for a rarity: a somber song you can dance to."

Seattle Weekly, Best of 2012 Awards (July 2012)

link to article - best local single

link to article - best pop band

"With her band Deep Sea Diver and its first album History Speaks, Dobson assembles a complex, precisely arranged and lyrically pensive suite of songs about heartbreak and yearning."

NPR, Song of the Day (album review, May 2012)

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"'You Go Running' comes off sounding like the lovechild of Its Blitz-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Little Dragon, albeit with even more attitude and female swagger to spare."

KEXP, Song of the Day (album review, April 2012)

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"Some songs on History Speaks, like the title track, are slow washes of contemplation... others, like the standout 'You Go Running,' are live wires of happy energy and movement."

Seattle Weekly (print, Feb 2012

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"Deep Sea Diver is a rock band, an intriguing one with a grasp of modern guitar tones and rhythm textures. If Dobson does fit a mold, it’s that of a rock n’ roller, and one looking to challenge your comfortable convictions nose-to-nose.

 Sound on the Sound (Feb 2012)

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"An immediate favorite album, the kind that pushes others out, pulls together cozily familiar songs without distinctly peeling ideas straight off their influences."

 Indie Shuffle (March 2012)

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[Recent Press]


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(live review, Feb 2012)

[Older Press]

Pastemagazine.com "Best of What's Next" [LINK]

Daytrotter Session 2009 [LINK]

OC Weekly 2008 [LINK]


Dropbox Link to Hi-Res Photos:


Additional Photo

photo by Aya Sato 

Full Bio

    When you hold the kind of resume that Jessica Dobson does, you have options.  You can continue to parlay your role as an established touring musician into enviable gigs that will earn you a paycheck, or you can choose to close that chapter for the chance to write another.  Dobson recently opted for the latter, leaving behind her life as a touring guitarist lending support to a constellation of acts including Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Shins, to focus completely on her own band, Deep Sea Diver, which she helms along with drummer and husband Peter Mansen.


Deep Sea Diver has enjoyed a swift rise through the Seattle music scene, to which they are relative newcomers.  The attention they’ve garnered is attributable in part to a spell-binding live show in which the physicality of Mansen’s drumming is on full display, along with Dobson’s ability to command a room with nothing but her voice.  


The band’s relocation to Seattle came at the end of the recording process for their debut album, History Speaks.  The move was a risk, but one that afforded them a much-needed opportunity to start fresh.  Embarking on a slow burn, they began by playing some of the city’s most obscure venues for tiny crowds.  Meanwhile, Dobson and Mansen engaged in a feverish DIY campaign from their bedroom, packing and shipping albums to prospective labels, making cold calls, working hard to gain traction amidst a sea of other clamoring voices.  


Initially the silence was deafening.  They wondered if they were deluding themselves.  Was the record even any good?  Despite the existential gut check, they continued to grind away.  Within weeks they began to see results, graduating from the dives of Georgetown to the more reputable clubs up on Capitol Hill.  Soon they were playing a sold out record-release show at the Columbia City Theatre, and being recruited to share bills at some of Seattle’s most prominent indie rock venues.  In the midst of all this, public radio powerhouse KEXP put History Speaks into regular rotation.  


Deep Sea Diver originally served as a vehicle for Dobson’s solo work.  During a 2006trip to Seattle to record with Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen), she met Mansen in a chance encounter at a coffee shop.  Several years later, married and living in Southern California, they had begun working on new material with bassist John Raines and guitarist Sean Walker in a rehearsal space behind the Long Beach home of cult recording legend Matt Wignall.  Upon overhearing them one day, Wignall invited the group to record in his analog home studio, a departure from the hermetic, digitized world of big budget studios Dobson was used to.  History Speaks would be the fruit of those sessions.


The album is a study in dynamics.  Mansen and Raines weave an interlocking lattice of angular rhythms, shifting smoothly between various time signatures and nuances of syncopation.  Their foundation is accented by supplemental percussion from long-time Tom Waits collaborator Stephen Hodges.  Across this bed of cadences Dobson spins taut, staccato figures with her guitar.  Spooling out with a gentle insistence, they serve as a backdrop for her evocative voice, its clarion tonality a ribbon that runs through the entire album.


Fortunately, the group’s technical proficiency does not lead to imaginative atrophy.  Rather than turning out a dozen variations on the same theme, History Speaks finds the quartet segueing easily between a variety of styles, from punchy, driving cuts like “Weekend Wars,” to the cavernous spaces that close the album.


They light a fuse with tense opener “Ships,” immediately showcasing their penchant for tightly knit arrangements over which Dobson’s vocals soar and bend.  “You Go Running” begins with an airy guitar riff and hint of steel drum, only to give way to the lilting swing of “Keep It Moving.”  As the album winds down it stretches and spreads out, svelte opening numbers giving way to the spare, mournful build of “Why Must A Man Change?” “Tracks of the Green Line,” and eponymous curtain call, “History Speaks.”  


In recent months, the group has had an increasing number of opportunities to take their live show on the road, and the response from audiences has been remarkable.  Following a co-headlining tour with Seattle’s Bryan John Appleby, Deep Sea Diver opened a series of dates for The Shins, during which, despite being the opening act, they received standing ovations in multiple cities.  This fall saw the group co-headline a series of west coast shows with Chicago natives Wild Belle.  They have dates booked throughout the remainder of 2013, during which they will be touring full-time in support of History Speaks.



Jessica Dobson - Vox, Guitar, Piano

Peter Mansen - Drums

Upcoming Tour Dates:

30-April Tue Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room GET INFO

1-May Wed St. Louis, MO @ Firebird GET INFO

2-May Thu Nashville, TN @ The High Watt GET INFO

4-May Sat Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn GET INFO

5-May Sun Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 GET INFO

6-May Mon Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage GET INFO

7-May Tue Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s GET INFO

9-May Thu New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom GET INFO

10-May Fri Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall GET INFO

11-May Sat Montreal, QC @ Il Motore GET INFO

12-May Sun Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern GET INFO

14-May Tue Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop GET INFO

15-May Wed Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall GET INFO

16-May Thu Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon GET INFO

17-May Fri, Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry GET INFO

18-May Sat, Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room GET INFO

20-May Mon, Denver, CO Hi Dive GET INFO

21-May Tue, Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge GET INFO

22-May Wed, Nampa, ID Flying M Coffee GET INFO

23-May Sun, George, WA Sasquatch Music Festival GET INFO


Official Music Video for "NWO"

NWO from matt wignall on Vimeo.

Live Performance for Sound on the Sound

Deep Sea Diver: In Black & White from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.


Press: Kate Jackson at katej@grandstandhq.com

Mgmt: Brian Beck at brian@zeitgeistmanagement.com

General Info: thisisdeepseadiver@gmail.com

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