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 Wooden Shjips (6 Albums, 27 Tracks)

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LOCATION:San Francisco
Label:
  • Holy Mountain Thrill Jockey
MEMBERS:
  • Omar Ahsanuddin - Drums
  • Dusty Jermier - Bass
  • Nash Whalen - Organ
  • Erik “Ripley” Johnson - Guitar and Vocals

Wooden Shjips (that’s not a typo) is a vital and refreshingly inspired quartet from San Francisco playing loud rock ‘n’ roll in a style heavily influenced by the experimentalism of psychedelia, classical minimalism and garage rock excess. Started as an experiment in rhythmic primitivism and group improvisation, the current lineup brings a more structured rock approach to its performances, utilizing a traditional lineup of drums (Omar Ahsanuddin), bass (Dusty Jermier), organ (Nash Whalen), guitar (Erik “Ripley” Johnson) and vocals.

Its songs sound something akin to the icy garage rock of early Echo & The Bunnymen crossed with the sun-bleached tremolo-punk of the Scientists. There are hints of krautrock, the trance-inducing organ haze of Suicide, Deerhunter style dance-drone, classic desert-fried garage psych and the mysterious, obscure Japanese lysergic-rock band Les Rallizes Denudes all mixed into one explosive whole on Wooden Shjips self-titled Holy Mountain debut.

The experience of Wooden Shjips has been equated to that of the Japanese phenomenon called maboroshi, which is somewhat similar to seeing a mirage or hallucinating in time. In the context of imagination/dreams, maboroshi is attributed to past occurrences and can take on a meaning like “phantoms.” The group’s songs seem to exist in a dream state in which anything is possible.

Wooden Shjips released two acclaimed records in 2006, beginning early in the year with the self-released 10” EP Shrinking Moon for You.

-via last.fm


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Single Tracks

Holiday Cassingle
01. Auld Lang Syne (08:11)
02. O Tannenbaum (08:54)
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Radio Program

Live on WFMU with Terese: Nov 18, 2013
01. Ruins (05:42)
02. Other Stars (05:03)
03. These Shadows (06:04)
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User Comments

01
Simi Sohota on 04/07/09 at 05:24AM
Wooden Shjips are headlining the KDVS all day outdoor music festival Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom VII on May 16th 2009!!! www.myspace.com/maximumfreedom
02
vaspers on 07/07/09 at 11:48PM
Big fan of psychedelia and you do it well.
03
Fjordin on 07/30/09 at 01:19PM
The new album, titled Dos, absolutely rules.
04
alan brown on 08/17/10 at 04:53PM
If you get a chance see them live. They'll blow you away!
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Jackadope on 09/12/13 at 04:33AM
Wooden Shjips is the one!
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