ON TOUR NOW: IRELAND AND UK
INC. SUPPORT TO PAVEMENT
Wooden Shjips (Omar Ahsanuddin – drums, Dusty Jermier – bass, Nash Whalen – organ, Ripley Johnson – guitar) kick off their shows TODAY, 14th April in CORK, Ireland and have now confirmed ADDITIONAL shows on Friday16th April at Belfast’s Black Box and 10th May at Wolverhampton's Little Civic.
Strap in for travels beyond the galaxy, to tranced-out cosmic bliss! Wooden Shjips are a vital and refreshingly inspired a trance rock quartet from San Francisco playing with concentrated ferocity.
Vol 2 (Sick Thirst / Forte ) is the second compilation of hard-to-find Wooden Shjips tracks which digs deep to collect the band's Sub Pop and Mexican Summer singles, two self-released European tour singles, and a track from Yeti magazine, for nearly 44 minutes of fuzzed-out psych jams.
Their sound is 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, Velvets-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.
Not just for completists, Vol 2 contains the essential live standards Loose Lips, Death's Not Your Friend (live), and I Hear the Vibrations (the E-Z Version), plus savage covers of Neil Young's Vampire Blues and Serge Gainsbourg's Contact.
In 2010, Wooden Shjips will embark on a March tour of Australia and New Zealand, including appearances at Lost Weekend Festival and Golden Plains Festival (AU). An April tour of the UK and Europe will be followed by festival appearances at ATP curated by Pavement (UK) in May and Roskilde Festival (DK) in July.
“proof the San Francisco still throbs to the sound of spirited psychedelia” Mojo
“subteraenean cool….” Stool Pigeon
“unashamedly beardy and sweaty, but with a real focus on groove that a lot of modern day Kraut-peddlers are missing - or at least, can't pull off.” Fact Magazine
“Wooden Shjips generate manic, warped pulses of pop-rock that don't just make your ears bleed but get your toes tapping at the same time.” BBC online
"a collision of sorts between The Exploding Plastic Inevitable and The Family Dog in the way these doggedly hypnotic organ grooves are kept company by a surprisingly jaunty, super-tight rhythm section, then punctuated by Ripley Johnson’s reverb-drenched murmurs and his great, stunned, fuzz-heavy guitar solos." –Uncut
"Combines and updates the transportative force of the Velvet Underground's no-blues drone, Can's unrelenting pulse and the holy garage-rock fire of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators into a compact, wrapped-in-reverb trip of vintage transcendence and forward thrust." -David Fricke, Rolling Stone
Loose Lips Contact
Start to Dreaming I Hear the Vibrations (E-Z version)
Vampire Blues Outta My Head
Death’s Not Your Friend (live)
Full UK dates are:
14-Apr Cork Crane Lane 19-Apr London Bush Hall
15-Apr Dublin Whelans 20-Apr Brighton Freebutt
16-Apr Belfast Black Box* 10-May Wolverhampton Little Civic*
17-Apr Glasgow Stereo 11-May London Brixton Academy
18-Apr Leeds Brudnell with PAVEMENT, The Clean, Sic Alps& Broken Social Scene
14-May Minehead ATP curated by PAVEMENT
* NEW DATE ADDED
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