Wooden Shjips

Dead Nation Presents

Wooden Shjips

Kinski, Black Whales, DJ One Eye of Portable Shrines

Fri, January 17, 2014

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$13 Adv

This event is 21 and over

Wooden Shjips
Wooden Shjips
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.
Kinski
Kinski
Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. The band follows their instincts to explore pathways from visceral guitar rock, to sonic and heady avant-psych rock, and sparse, atmosphere-bending instrumentals. Currently the band finds itself with a newfound intensity and lyrical directness. NME has described Kinski as: "Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge." Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Matthew also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski has toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, Oneida, Mono, Black Mountain, Tool, and Acid Mothers Temple. Now, recently signed to legendary label Kill Rock Stars, the band will release a powerful new album in March 2013.
Black Whales
Black Whales
The riotous rock quintet is celebrating the release of their 2011 album Shangri-La Indeed, a collection of 60′s-inspired mid-fi psych-pop jams that sound like they've been imported directly from your garage. It's the band's obvious sincerity and homegrown production that's endeared them so much to the Seattle community, built on a basis of hooky riffs and danceable beats. As much Kurt Vile as The Beatles, Black Whales are cementing their place in Seattle's scene as the foremost purveyors of down-and-dirty rock 'n roll.
- Nick Heinlein, The KEXP Blog
DJ One Eye of Portable Shrines
DJ One Eye of Portable Shrines
Musician and visual artist Aubrey Nehring (DJ One Eye) has been spinning records and keeping things cosmic for quite a few years, helping to organize events and DJ nights around Seattle via Portable Shrines and playing in musical projects like Ecstatic Cosmic Union. Expect far out sounds from all around: a wide range of international psych, cosmic funk, garage rock, vintage electronic and experimental music.
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://thecrocodile.com/index.html