Wooden Shjips

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Wooden Shjips – Interview with Marc Riley

Propping up the metaphorical studio 6 bar with Marc are first timers Wooden Shjips.

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Wooden Shjips (pronounced 'ships') is a space rock/psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, USA.

Their sound has been described as experimental, minimalist, drone rock, and "spacey psychedelic rock". They have been compared to Suicide, Loop, The Velvet Underground, The Doors, Soft Machine and Guru Guru. They are currently signed to Thrill Jockey records, whose artist roster also includes Tortoise, Future Islands, The Sea and Cake and Matmos.

Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson also plays in a side project, Moon Duo, formed in 2009 with Sanae Yamada. They have so far released one EP (Killing Time, 2009 [Sacred Bones]) and three albums (Escape, 2010 [Woodsist]; Mazes, 2011 [Sacred Bones]; and Circles, 2012 [Sacred Bones]).

The group played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York in September 2010 at the request of film director Jim Jarmusch. In November 2013 the group released their fourth LP, entitled Back to Land, on Thrill Jockey.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of West

    West 2011

    Reviewed by Andrew Perry
    San Francisco stoner-rockers crawl sun-blind from Spacemen 3’s shadow.
  2. Review of Dos

    Dos 2009

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    An album of experimental music you can cut the rug to: every dream home should have one!
  3. Review of Volume 1

    Volume 1 2008

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Long out of print, the Wooden Shjips sought-after singles have been collated into this...
  4. Review of Wooden Shjips

    Wooden Shjips 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    For anyone who understands the link between the West Coast, Ladbroke Grove and Cologne
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