Video: Wooden Shjips – “Back To Land”

On Sunday night, Wooden Shjips made their way through Toronto and proved once again how they’re one of the best live psych acts on the scene today. Running through material off their excellent new album, Back To Land, the group kicked into their dark-shrouded fuzz onslaught from the outset. Perhaps inspired by their frontman’s recent move to Colorado, the Shjips new material is brighter and more organic even allowing Ripley’s vocals to poke out from the haze for a few revealing moments. With video-feedback projections offered by Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada, the venue achieved near liftoff—the crowd seemed to almost lose their sense of gravity—as the Shjips blasted through well over an hour of palpitating, bone-rattling psych.

Check our the full list of tour dates along with the video for their new album’s title track below.


Nov 13 – NYC, Mercury Lounge (w/ Cave)
Nov 14 – Brooklyn, Knitting Factory (w/ Cave)
Nov 15 – Philadelphia, Underground Arts (w/ Bardo Pond, Creepoid)
Nov 16 – Baltimore, Ottobar (w/ Purling Hiss, Arbouretum)

Wooden Shjips – “These Shadows” (Acoustic Version)

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For the forthcoming Wooden Shjips album, Back to Land, Ripley Johnson and Omar Ahsanuddin packed up and moved to Oregon with the intention of recording their first set of tracks outside of the Bay Area. With the lush climate and natural surroundings inspiring their musical direction, the pair tapped into a brighter, more earthy sound without diverting the course of their space-psych core. A distinctly brighter flag flies throughout the album’s 8 tracks, but at no point does that equate to less distortion, fewer stretched-out modal jams or fewer measures of spiraling space-rock. Instead, what was born on their previous album West comes into full bloom on Back to Land in the form of the Shjips’ most detailed and spacious recordings to date. An acoustic version of the album’s sledge-y rock anthem “These Shadows,” available as a single or pre-order bonus track, can be heard below.

Back to Land comes out on November 12 via Thrill Jockey.