When she’s not playing guitar and supporting the likes of The Shins, Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and others, Jessica Dobson is the captain of her own rock and roll ship, the Seattle based Deep Sea Diver.
Deep Sea Diver released their debut album, History Speaks in February, 2012, and they are releasing a new EP, Always Waiting, on September 2nd. The band includes Dobson on guitar and lead vocals, along with her husband, drummer Peter Mansen, bassist Garrett Gue & Elliot Jackson (keyboards, guitar, vocals). The band’s debut came out when Dobson was on tour playing lead guitar with The Shins, and the project took a backseat to her work with James Mercer.
Originally from Orange County in Southern California, Dobson moved to New York in the early Oughts after she signed a deal as a solo artist for Atlantic Records. Unhappy with the music she recorded, the albums were never released. She was released from her record label and then the call from Beck came and she was soon out on the road playing in his band. From there, Dobson became an in demand musician, further solidified by her stint with The Shins. According to this interview, Dobson left The Shins “about a year and a half ago,” to concentrate on Deep Sea Diver. With the new EP complete, Dobson and her band are focusing on finishing a full album, due in 2015.
Below, download “One By One,” by Deep Sea Diver from the band’s forthcoming EP, Always Waiting.
Deep Sea Diver, My Morning Download