Psychedelic rockers Wooden Shjips return to Chicago for a show at The Empty Bottle in June.
What We Say
San Francisco's enigmatically named WOODEN SHJIPS play a minimal, droning brand of garage-styled psychedelia with a noticeable 60s krautrock influence. The band's vocals slip beneath waves of throbbing minimal rhythms, while fuzztone guitar and shrieking organs jump to the foreground. When bandleader Ripley Johnson assembled the group in 2003, he wasn't interested in playing gigs or becoming famous; rather, his original intention was to find a group of non-musicians for the purpose of creating innovative music. Nice how it all worked out for them. They are currently expanding their sound with the album of the summer, V, and are touring the country behind it. Onward bound!
Originally formed in El Paso, Texas, HOLY WAVE carefully combines fluid forms of sacred surf sounds, droning riffs, and group vocals that haunt and harmonize in equal measure. The band made the move to Austin and released a compilation featuring select tracks from the band’s prior output, and the band’s first release on The Reverberation Appreciation Society. Since Austin, the band has released three studio albums, toured extensively around the states and internationally, including support for GOAT and Psychic Ills, and festival appearances at SXSW, CMJ, Incubate, and every year at LEVITATION (formerly Austin Psych Fest) since 2011. Clear your head because the mind swell is coming.