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Bravery, repetition and (a bit less) noise: Wooden Shjips @ Casa Del Popolo tonight

Posted by Shawn / November 11, 2013

Wooden Shjips

How to explain Wooden Shjips' sound to someone who has never heard them? You could give a clichéd "greater than the sum of its parts": Can meets Neil Young meets Velvet Underdround meets etc...", or you could say, "Well, there's this long bearded wizard-like lookin' dude called Ripley who plays these ridiculously trippy guitar solos over the same groove for something like 7 minutes a song". Both work. It's a very specific, unique sound that somehow can only be described in broad strokes.

Their new album, Back To Land (Stream it here), however shows a band experimenting in reverse: Gone are the psych-out 11 minute noise jamsin is using the band's approach and try to write whatever a pop song would be if you can imagine this band doing so. The songs are becoming more and more structured, the band is varying its instrumentation - you can even hear, *gasp!* an acoustic guitar being played and there are hooks! This is something the previous album, West, indeed hinted at but this album completes. The title Back To Land is no accident it seems: West took you on a journey of the American West myth, this one seems to metaphorically refer to coming down again, man, and maybe taking it easier. Having fun even...Just take a look at the front cover: no more black and white, now in Technicolor.


It's a fantastic album, and the band will be back in our fair city Tonight at Casa Del Popolo. Come experience what rocking out and relaxing at the same time feels like. Especially on a case of the Mondays.


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