Wooden Shjips share new single “Red Line”

April 21, 2018

Sanae Yamada


Psychedelic pillars Wooden Shjips share new single “Red Line”:

V., their first new album in five years, out 25th May on Thrill Jockey

On tour in the UK and Europe this September,
with more dates to be announced

“Brilliant psychedelic chuggery from a band at the top of their freaky game” –
Time Out London

“Wooden Shjips can justifiably point at the new breed of psychedelic groups and shout: ‘we invented you!’ Which, of course, they sort of did.” – Clash


Wooden Shjips have shared “Red Line,” the second single from their upcoming album V., out 25th May on Thrill Jockey. The quartet is the backbone of the psychedelic scene in the 21st Century, consistently updating the expansive sounds of the classic West Coast progenitors for the new era. “Red Line” is indicative of the band’s direction on V., which shows the group shedding darker tones for brightness and optimism, firmly in opposition to the growing clouds of dread that permeate life in America in 2018.Singer/guitarist Ripley Johnson explains: “This song is about trying to find equanimity as life continuously pulls you in different directions, emotionally and psychically. The bursts of backwards guitar are the sonic representation of that, being pulled out of your normal forward momentum, as the beat goes on.” 

A major key riff anchors the track as swirls of overlapping delayed guitars offer an ecstatic release. As the last vestiges of winter recede, Wooden Shjips give us the perfect soundtrack to the emerging summer.

The band will be playing songs from V. on the road in the US this spring and summer, before touring Europe in September. Legendarily powerful in the live arena, Wooden Shjips perfect their hypnotic grooves on stage, with The Quietus saying of a 2013 show, “Beset on all sides by projected oscillations and Joshua Light Show visuals, every track is a ‘trip’ in the truest possible sense.” Europe tour dates listed below, and a full list of the band’s upcoming live shows can be found here, with more to be announced soon.

Wooden Shjips European tour dates:

30 Aug – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
3 Sep – Berlin, DE – Lido
4 Sep – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
6 Sep – Antwerp, BE – Het Bos
7 Sep – Charleroi , BE – Rockerill
10 Sep – London, UK – Heaven
11 Sep – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club, UK
12 Sep – Glasgow, UK – St Luke’s
13 Sep – Gateshead, UK – The Sage
14 Sep – Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory
15 Sep – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
16 Sep – Birmingham, UK – Institute 2
17 Sep – Belfast, UK – The Empire
18 Sep – Dublin, IE – Whelans
20 Sep – Barcelona, ES – Upload
21 Sep – Madrid , ES – Caracol
22 Sep – Donosti, ES  – DabaDaba


Listen to Wooden Shjips’ “Red Line”:

Pre-order V. from Thrill Jockey:

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