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Wooden Shjips

Posted 7 Jan 2014 @ 10:48am

Drone rock is a difficult beast to enjoy. Once you’re past a-minute-and-a-half you wonder what the difference is between it and any other annoyingly persistent sound. That being said, if you can get into it, there is a lot of great albums to be enjoyed.


Wooden Shjips’ new album Back To Land, unfortunately is not one. Labelled as...

Posted 10 Apr 2012 @ 1:41pm

With a lineup consisting of hardcore minimalist techno, epic panoramic semi-instrumentalist stoner jams, and Kraut-tinged acid rock, the pertinent question for this evening was raised – just which stimulants would complement the evening's musical offerings? It's a trick question, because you should never take drugs, especially not on a Wednesday night, ya dingus. Seriously.
Forces are...

Posted 16 Mar 2012 @ 2:04pm

Ripley Johnson, guitarist and creative force behind psychedelic drone band Wooden Shjips, is relaxing in his house just outside of Boulder, Colarado in the Rocky Mountains. Johnson and his girlfriend moved to the remote location after spending most of his adult life on the west coast. “I grew up in Connecticut, and I hated it,” Johnson says. “I didn’t like the culture, but then I went to Santa...

Posted 21 Nov 2011 @ 10:14am

In what's set to be very pleasing news for their fervent Australian following, psych-folk rockers Wooden Shjips have announced their very-welcome return to our shores.


Wooden Shjips made a mighty splash at the 2008 Golden Plains, in which the outfit were bestowed with the prestigious golden boot for their cover of Neil Young's Vampire Blues.


The tour follows on...

Posted 21 Oct 2011 @ 11:21am

Ten years ago, two men were pulled over by the Drug Enforcement Agency while relocating their clandestine drug laboratory halfway across America, to a disused missile silo in Kansas. Between them, the men produced a kilogram of LSD every month; once they were locked up, worldwide availability of the narcotic declined by 90%.


In the circumstances, the last decade seems an...

Posted 18 Aug 2011 @ 9:28am

My ambiguous feelings towards Wooden Shjips continue with West, a one note psych rock grinder in which the monotonous drum beat is supposed to be artful, creating pressure-cooker atmospherics in juxtaposition to the warped snippets of guitar and a ghostly vocal melody. You know, texture and whatnot. Steamy, boring texture.

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