Memory of a Cut Off Head

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Memory of a Cut Off Head
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)
StudioStu Stu Studio, Los Angeles
LabelCastle Face Records
ProducerJohn Dwyer
OCS chronology
Memory of a Cut Off Head
Smote Reverser
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

Memory of a Cut Off Head is the twentieth studio album by American garage rock band OCS, released on November 17, 2017, on Castle Face Records. The album is the first to be released under the OCS moniker since OCS 4: Get Stoved (2005), and is their fifth overall to be released under an abbreviated name.

Produced by founding member John Dwyer, the album is primarily an acoustic collaboration between Dwyer and former core member Brigid Dawson.[4] The album also features contributions from former drummers, Nick Murray and Patrick Mullins, alongside current bassist Tim Hellman.

Background and recording[edit]

Regarding the use of the name OCS and his return to the project's lo-fi roots, John Dwyer noted: "[Oh Sees and OCS] are two different bands honestly. Two different line-ups. The origin of the OCS came from this band [Orinoka Crash Suite]. We just wanted to get back to writing like that. But I also wanted to write a record with Brigid Dawson. I wanted to do something specifically with her. And it ended up being a lot of fun so I’m glad we did it."[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Memory of a Cut off Head"4:47
2."Cannibal Planet"4:29
3."The Remote Viewer"5:27
4."The Baron Sleeps and Dreams"3:34
5."On & on Corridor"5:50
6."Neighbor to None"2:30
7."The Fool"4:41
8."The Chopping Block"3:14
9."Time Tuner"5:57
10."Lift a Finger (By the Garden Path)"4:27


  • John Dwyer - vocals, guitars, juno sax, electric bagpipes, Mellotron, percussion, The Thing, flute
  • Brigid Dawson - vocals, keyboards
  • Tim Hellman - bass guitar
  • Nick Murray - drums
  • Thomas Dolas - keyboards
  • Patrick Mullins - singing saw, home-made electronics, Arp Odyssey
  • Heather Lockie - string arrangements, viola
  • Eric Clarke - violin
  • Emily Elkin - cello
  • Mikal Cronin - horn arrangements, saxophone
Recording personnel
  • John Dwyer - producer, recording, mixing
  • Eric Bauer - string recordings
  • JJ Golden - mastering
  • Jonny Negron - cover painting
  • Matt Jones - art layout
  • John Dwyer - photo of John and Brigid
  • Adam Beris - Castle Face logo


  1. ^ "Reviews and Tracks for Memory of a Cut Off Head by OCS". Metacritic. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Memory of a Cut Off Head - OCS". AllMusic. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Arroyo, Steven. "Memory of a Cut Off Head - OCS". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
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  5. ^ Enis, Eli. "Oh Sees Talk 21st Album 'Smote Reverser' and Its 'Smack In the Face' Lead Single". Retrieved August 9, 2018.