First post of mine in a while that doesnâ€™t contain an mp3, sorry about that folks â€“ always throwing curveballs over here. Last Thursday night I attended a pretty good one @ San Franciscoâ€™s Hemlock Tavern, my first chance to see a couple of these bands, and a third date for me in as many months with local psych wizards the WOODEN SHJIPS. I learned a few things, too. Like that all that noise the NOTHING PEOPLE make on their 45 comes out of just three people, two of â€˜em married if you can believe it! The band were every bit of hot n heavy as Iâ€™d imagined theyâ€™d be, a full-on take-me-back-to-â€™75 blend of heavy pre-punk space-out in the mold of Simply Saucer and Debris, featuring long-ish jams built into compact and punkish song structures. They traded instruments like they were fantasy baseball players a week before the season, lining up 3 different ways for only six songs by my count. Fantastic band, easily one of the best going right now.
WOODEN SHJIPS Iâ€™m almost getting used to now. They always play four songs, each usually clocking in around 8-10 minutes, three of which have been the same each time Iâ€™ve seen them, along with one â€œwild cardâ€. This time it was â€œShrinking Moon For Youâ€, the biker-damaged art/psych monster that introduced the band to the world on last yearâ€™s 10â€. Having played that thing several hundred dozen times, I guess a live version that didnâ€™t hue to the script in my head would be a little disappointing, and it was, which probably says more about me than them. The bass player is the secret weapon of this band â€“ the guy who looks & moves almost exactly like a pokerfaced Bob Weir, holding down an unchanging rhythm for the entire song while total keyboard & guitar chaos swirls around him. Itâ€™s that sort of Teutonic krautrock efficiency, among other things, that distinguishes this band from others who pretend to hold a foot in their camp. Iâ€™m counting on more nights out in front of crowd making these guys totally unstoppable a year from now.