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"San Francisco space rockers Wooden Shjips were such an overnight sensation they quickly sold out of their first three recordings: their 2005 Shrinking Moon for You EP, the Dance, California/Clouds Over Earthquake single (released in 2006 to centennially commemorate the San Francisco quake of 1906) and 2007's Summer of Love EP (a release that celebrated San Francisco anarchist collective the Diggers while simultaneously benefiting Food Not Bombs). Lucky for fans and completists the good folks at Holy Mountain have gathered these out-of-print releases into Vol. 1, a six-song compilation that makes for a perfect introduction to this Barbary Coast quartet's awesome sonic freakouts. ""Shrinking Moon for You"" dives into distorted guitar drones and reverb smothered vocals sounding like Spacemen 3 and Suicide. ""Death's Not Your Friend"" boasts some cool vintage organ tones and Jim Morrison-esque singing over a mantra of pulsing notes. Different atmospheres and soundscapes are explored on the beautifully meandering astral jam ""Clouds Over Earthquake."" ""Dance, California"" sounds like Comets On Fire of they had formed in Morocco. "


Formed: 2003 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

San Francisco's enigmatically named Wooden Shjips play a minimal, droning brand of garage-styled psychedelia with a noticeable '60s Krautrock influence. The band's vocals slip beneath waves of throbbing minimal rhythms, while fuzztone guitar and shrieking organs jump to the foreground. When bandleader Ripley Johnson assembled the group in 2003, he wasn't interested in playing gigs or becoming famous; rather, his original intention was to find a group of non-musicians for the purposes of creating...
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