Wooden Shjips Discography


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Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between the woozy freeness of Les Rallizes Denudes and Crazy Horse and the tightly wound simplicity of Suicide and the Velvet Underground. Back To Land, the quartet’s follow-up to West, is the first Wooden Shjips record to be conceived outside of San Francisco. Ripley Johnson and Omar Ahsanuddin moved to Oregon, where the lush climates became a major influence on the songwriting. The band’s scope expanded to include more earthy, grounded tones, such as the acoustic guitar, without abandoning their modernist psych core.

There is an increased brightness to many of the songs on Back To Land, an easiness with which the band has flirted with in the past but never fully realized until now. The nervy urgency of West has evolved into an assured confidence, from the alliterative, interlocking guitar and organ groove of “Ruins” to the languidly compelling guitar solos of “Servants.” The addition of the acoustic guitar to the band’s textural palate is coupled here with some of the most melodically direct songs the band has written.

Still, there are still plenty of signature Shjips songs, with distorted riffs, modal keys, and a steady, crisp drum sound unfolding intensely while the elongated melodic guitar lines drift in and out of the foreground. On Back to Land this energy is captured in clear detail, designed as an immersive experience rather than a passive blasting. Back To Land was laid to tape at Jackpot Recording Studios in Portland by Kendra Lynn and mixed by Larry Crane. It was recorded over an 11-day session, resulting in some of the most detailed and spacious recordings of their career.

Back To Land is a breakthrough record for the Wooden Shjips: nuanced, varied and utterly addictive. The band will be touring extensively in the US and Europe November through February.

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“Wooden Shjips can justifiably point at the new breed of psychedelic groups and shout: ‘we invented you!’ Which, of course, they sort of did.” - Clash
“Brilliant psychedelic chuggery from a band at the top of their freaky game” - Time Out London
"Wooden Shjips have made the most compulsively listenable album of their career" - Stereogum - Album of the Week
"Back To Land whispers intimately and hauntingly of both paranoia and peace."- Alternative Press
NPR Music has Wooden Shjips on Heavy Rotation. "Their fourth album jangles and throbs with blissed-out desolation, like driving north on I-5 during a spectacular West Coast sunset."
Stream the Andrew Weatherall remix from the Shjips' new Remixes 12"
"Never ashamed to ride the groove and let the distortion roar, always handy with some sonic magic that compels the listener to follow." - Filter
Black Dice created this eye-bending new video for "Lazy Bones"
""West sees the band stepping up their game in every aspect… this is still Wooden Shjips as we know and love them, but even more so" - The Quietus
Miko Revereza directed this video for the song "Black Smoke Rise"
Wooden Shjips played on WFMU. You can watch video, and download or stream the show now on the Free Music Archive
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