San Francisco psychedelic rockers

View a photo gallery from Wooden Shjips' recent gig at The Scala in London on 4th September with support from Wolf People and Mugstar.

The San Francisco psychedelic rockers recently released a new album, 'West', read Clash's review of it HERE. We also interviewed band leader Erik ‘Ripley’ Johnson, read an excerpt from the interview below and the full piece HERE.

"It’s fair to say that ‘West’ marks something of a departure for Wooden Shjips. For a band once shrewdly (if a little unkindly) dubbed ‘the underground Status Quo’, a new release was unlikely to herald a foray into post-blubstep, wistful deckshoegaze or whatever else this month’s designated envelope pushers are up to. On their own terms though, the Shjips are breaking serious new ground here.

Fans of their mesmeric, whacked-out psyche/garage/kraut hybrid will not be disappointed; the stoic minimalism, churning grooves and cascading, exploratory solos remain intact. On ‘West’ however, they come in altogether more succinct and focused packages. There’s a tentative move towards more song-like arrangements, increased fidelity to the recordings and an over-arching concept; six pieces thematically united, albeit loosely, by the American West."

Photos by Stephen Fourie

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