Hometown: San Francisco, California
Web site: http://www.woodenshjips.com
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Wooden Shjips, a quartet from San Francisco heavily influenced by the experimentalism of psychedelia, classical minimalism, and garage rock excess, started as an experiment in rhythmic primitivism and group improvisation. The current roster brings a more structured rock approach to its performances, utilizing a traditional lineup of drums (Omar Ahsanuddin), bass (Dusty Jermier), organ (Nash Whalen), guitar (Erik Ripley Johnson), and vocals.
"Wooden Shjips are from San Francisco, but the concentrated ferocity of the freakouts on their two very-underground releases a white-label ten-inch EP (the band gave away the first 300 copies) and a clear-vinyl single ( Dance, California ) arrives via the 70s Germanic-guitar lunacy of Guru Guru and the confrontational repetition of Velvet Underground." --David Fricke, Rolling Stone