I've recently had a few conversations with local singer-songwriter/Shins guitarist Jessica Dobson; Dobson's gearing up to release her band Deep Sea Diver's first full-length album, History Speaks, on February 24 at a Columbia City Theater release show. (You might recall that Dobson decided to change the name of the band to just "Jessica Dobson" last summer; she changed her mind again and they're now back to Deep Sea Diver).
You'll be able to read most of our conversation in next week's February issue of Reverb Monthly, but as always, there were outtakes that didn't make it into the print story. Which doesn't mean they weren't interesting enough--here's Dobson talking about being a lady in the man's man's man's world of rock and roll:
I've been playing guitar my entire life, and I don't doubt that I can play the guitar well, but I think that people latch on for some reason to a girl playing guitar because so many girls don't push themselves beyond kind of the traditional three-chord song, acoustic guitar folk. That's just the way it is. Not a lot of girls play beyond that. And so I think people find it intriguing, but I don't like being treated as a novelty. I don't feel that anybody I've ever played with has treated me that way. It's obviously a natural attention-getter, but I don't feed off that.
Should you doubt the shredding power of the Dobson, here's a video of Deep Sea Diver playing my favorite song from the upcoming History Speaks, "You Go Running":