Cover Art for "Goodbye Game" by Sean O'Brien and His Dirty Hands - Due in 2008. Artwork by Jenny Stovell.

Sean O'Brien's CD "Seed of Mayhem" now on iTunes. Sean O'Brien - Seed Of Mayhem

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July 5, 2008 - The Plough and The Stars - 116 Clement Street - San Francisco, CA 94118 - 9:00 P.M. - $6.00 cover

July 19, 2008 - Goodbye Game Record Release Party - at the Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, CA - 3:00 P.M. - By invitation only - please send email if you wish to attend. 99 Tales and the Dirty Hands will both play live sets.

August 13, 2008 - International Pop Overthrow Festival - Rockit Room - 406 Clement Street - San Francisco, CA 94118 Time: 9:00 PM - $8.00 cover

The Record Release party for Goodbye Game will take place Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the Finnish Brotherhood Hall at 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, CA. By invitation only. 99 Tales and The Dirty Hand swill both be playing live sets. If you wish to attend the party, send email. A new FIRST COLD PRESS website is being designed and worked on at This site will soon be closed. The band will once again play the Internal Pop Overthrow Festival August 13, 2008 at The Rockit Room in SF. More press reviews have come in for "Seed of Mayhem" from Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic! Read one
here . Also check the Press section for more. Go to the website, where Sean wrote a couple of articles recently about the solo CDs here. A MySpace website have been set up for The Mariettas here and for Denim TV here . The Atavistic record label has released Hollywood Holiday Revisted by True West. This compilation features the bands' first two LPs, combined with some demos recorded with Tom Verlaine of Television. While Sean does not appear on any of these tracks, he is mentioned in the band CD's liner notes, which were written by the well respected rock scribe Jud Cost, and outline the bands' history from The Meantime through the beginnings of True West, when Sean was lead vocalist and songwriter. To purchase a copy, go to this link. Sean also wrote an essay for the website about his time there. To read the article go here.


Insurgent Country Nice website originating from the Netherlands. Click the "reviews" and then the following link: Sean O'Brien talks about "Too Personal" and "Seed of Mayhem" by Johanna J. Bodde for a couple of articles about the solo CDs. Thanks again to Johanna.

Sylvia Juncosa Ace guitarist and friend lent her talents recently to "Goodbye Game". She plays guitar on "Bad Faith".

Chris Von Sneidern The multi-talented San Francisco singer-songwriter sings on "Bones Snap" and "New Home Tonight" on "Goodbye Game." Check out his fabulous tunes!

Sean O'Brien and His Dirty Hands MySpace site Go to this site and join us as a friend today.

Davis California 1980's Scene: Website by Photographer Robert Toren. Great photos of bands, flyers, etc.

INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW: Sean O'Brien and His Dirty Hands played this festival in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sean also recorded a track for their CD compilation (Vol. 9)

UTILITY PROJECT: Random sounds compiled in the wilds of Indiana. Former Mariettas drummer Doyle Dean have been involved.

PUNGENT RECORDS: Available here is CLEARINGHOUSE, the first solo album release by TOM HOFER. Tom is a former member of COTTONMOUTH (an early version of THE MARIETTAS), THE LEAVING TRAINS, and brother to Manfred Hofer. Sean plays guitar on one track "Meteor". Manfred Hofer plays guitar on "Meteor" and "Prisoner of Lace".

The SHUT-INS: Former Denim TV guitarist/bassist John Poultney's current group. Check out the cool tunes!

99 Tales: Great band from Sacramento. Members Matt Shelley and Kim Martini appear on Seed of Mayhem.

Broken Radio Studios: Amazing studio in San Francisco with Matt Boudreau. Seed of Mayhem and Goodbye Game were both recorded there.

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Sean O'Brien is the former lead singer of several California-based rock groups going back in time almost twenty-five years. First was MEANTIME, a power pop quartet that eventually mutated into the Davis, CA psychedelic cowboys, TRUE WEST. Next came DENIM TV, whose two albums, Denim TV and Starving Rich, both broke the CMJ Top 100 in college radio airplay upon release, leading to a very successful national tour.

In 1991, Sean moved to Los Angeles, where he collaborated with math professor and former Angry Samoan Gregg Turner on Sante Fe, by The Mistaken for the independent label Triple X. This winsome CD garnered some pleasant press and appeared in the Top 35 radio airplay in Holland upon release. 1999 saw the release of 12 by The Mariettas, a powerful punk-pop quartet which included former members of several legendary LA-area groups; such as The Leaving Trains, Baby Lemonade and Arthur Lee and Love. 12 drew great notices in the US, as well as in the United Kingdom, in music magazines such as Luke and Bucketful of Brains.

Sean returned to his native Bay Area in 2001. He recorded several new songs acoustically and refined the material for Too Personal, the first solo CD of his career. Sean plays guitars throughout, though two guest musicians do appear on the album. Polly Klemmer, of The Mistaken, plays piano on two tracks. Also, on "The Answer is In", Sean is joined on acoustic guitar by his old friend Russ Tolman, solo recording artist and former guitarist of TRUE WEST.

In 2006 Sean released Seed of Mayhem, featuring members of all of the above mentioned. That year he formed his permanent group, Sean O'Brien and His Dirty Hands: featuring Jeff Kane on lead guitar, Bill Davis on Bass, and Matt Shelley on drums. The Dirty Hands have already started recording their first CD, Goodbye Game, which they hope to finish by early 2008.

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