Academy Events Presents
Wooden Shjips and special guests The Cult Of Dom Keller
O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
Wednesday 4th June 2014
Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between the woozy freeness of Les Rallizes Denudes and Crazy Horse and the tightly wound simplicity of Suicide and the Velvet Underground. Back To Land, the quartet’s follow-up to West, is the first Wooden Shjips record to be conceived outside of San Francisco. Ripley Johnson and Omar Ahsanuddin moved to Oregon, where the lush climates became a major influence on the songwriting. The band’s scope expanded to include more earthy, grounded tones, such as the acoustic guitar, without abandoning their modernist psych core.
There is an increased brightness to many of the songs on Back To Land, an easiness with which the band has flirted with in the past but never fully realized until now. The nervy urgency of West has evolved into an assured confidence, from the alliterative, interlocking guitar and organ groove of “Ruins” to the languidly compelling guitar solos of “Servants.” The addition of the acoustic guitar to the band’s textural palate is coupled here with some of the most melodically direct songs the band has written.
Still, there are still plenty of signature Shjips songs, with distorted riffs, modal keys, and a steady, crisp drum sound unfolding intensely while the elongated melodic guitar lines drift in and out of the foreground. On Back to Land this energy is captured in clear detail, designed as an immersive experience rather than a passive blasting. Back To Land was laid to tape at Jackpot Recording Studios in Portland by Kendra Lynn and mixed by Larry Crane. It was recorded over an 11-day session, resulting in some of the most detailed and spacious recordings of their career.
Back To Land is a breakthrough record for the Wooden Shjips: nuanced, varied and utterly addictive. The band will be touring extensively in the US and Europe November through February.
Four humans who make strange sounds described as such by witnesses:
"These Nottingham based psychedelicists may well be the coolest thing in fuzz washed fringe parting chemical blues right at this very moment. Pissing in the same lysergic swamp as the likes of Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre they craft out a deliciously hazily glazed mind blown tapestry of trip wiring third eye transcendentalism, indelibly treated with a vintage craftsmanship trademarked in the 60’s they’re working knowledge of the rudiments of psyche blues is second to none causing all amount of wig flipped flashbacks in our gaff given it sounds like some shimmering shade adorned slice of mojo tooting kaleidoscopia dreamed up by a studio gathering of members from Spacemen 3, My Jealous God and a few rogue Weather Prophets. Consider yourselves warned" - LOSING TODAY
Formed in October 2007 playing with the likes of The Warlocks, Asteroid no.4, Quarter after and Spectrum..with the addition of Jimmy to the band the sound was evolving and with the departure of Jason we became The Cult Of Dom Keller
"Cult of Dom Keller sound like they've fallen from the back of Ken Kesey's legendary LSD loaded magic bus, down 'n' dirty slabs of fried freak beat are sumptuously decoded within a swamp infested heavy beatnik chassis, part acid laced shade wearing psyche and part heavy stoner goo, a wasted baby laced with hazy 60's sourced keys and looping gridlocked riffs of mind expanding proportions; a blissed out frenzied fuzz laced tripping haze and bone rattling f**k you,a bludgeoned blues bastardisation spewed out by a tranced out Brian Jonestown Massacre amid an impenetrably squalling sonic wall feedback fisticuffs with a volatile 13th Floor Elevators" - LOSINGTODAY.COM
"Dom Keller hail from Nottingham and are currently stumbling in a rather aggressive haze around the country. 'We Left Our World' is a trippy soup of Stooges/Black Sabbath meets Acid Mothers Temple with the singer from Suicide showing up to mumble something occasionally. Dom Keller's mix of all out rock and psychedelic manipulations of overall sound are captivating. If Iggy Pop, Tony Iommi, Lou Reed and Kawabata Makoto went to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Dom Keller would be the house band!" - MOOSE FACTORY
"Fans of space-rock, early Floyd and Hawkwind in particular, should look out for Dom Keller, whose four track self-titled CD is a feast of crushing guitar riffs, effects and psychedelic madness. Their stated mission is "To document our hallucinations into sonic impressions", something they achieve!" - TERRASCOPE
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