SF Weekly Music Awards Nominee: Wooden Shjips
Local rockers Wooden Shjips play a unique brand of psychedelic rock infused with grunge and characterized by long guitar riffs and fuzzy amps. They have a self titled album as well as two 7", one released for Sub Pop and one for Holy Mountain.
Their Holy Mountain release commemorates the "Summer of Love" and bands like Jefferson Airplane (who set the standard the California psychedelic rock that Wooden Shjips continue playing to this day). Each song sounds like it came from a 70's basement where a bunch of kids took a ton of acid, picked up instruments and fucking rocked. The music video for "Dance, California" depicts the scenes that their music brings to mind with retro video clips of people gettin' their groove on.
Wooden Shjips inspired the tripping, partying and dancing that San Francisco is known for. Their lineup consists of Omar Ahsanuddin on drums, Dusty Jermier on bass, Nash Whalen on organ and Erik "Ripley" Johnson on guitar and vocals. Since they hit the scene in 2006, the band has gained critical attention from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and the Wire. They also had the distinct honor of playing along rock legends My Bloody Valentine, the Meat Puppets, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr. and many more at the ATP Festival earlier this month in New York. The Wooden Shjips continue to prove that they are the reincarnation of the psychedelic grunge that made California famous.
Feelin' the grooves of Wooden Shjips? Vote for them in the Metal/Psych/Punk category of this year's SF Weekly Music Awards.- Melissa Baron