Wooden Shjips unveil new video for “Already Gone”, new album V. out tomorrow

May 24, 2018

Sanae Yamada


Wooden Shjips breeze into summer in new “Already Gone” video:

New Album V. out tomorrow on Thrill Jockey

North American tour starts tomorrow in Portland,
touring the UK and Europe this September

There is no rust on V. It sounds like the work of a band whose members have been spending hours jamming together every weekend for the past few years… They are feeling it on some deep level here, and it just sounds gorgeous.” – Stereogum, Album of the Week

“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

West Coast psych mainstays Wooden Shjips will release V., their highly anticipated new album, tomorrow on Thrill Jockey. Arriving just in time for summer to kick into high gear, the record exudes warmth and bright optimism, blissfully in its own world of peace and harmony. On the eve of the album’s release the band has shared a video for the new song “Already Gone,” an anthem advocating a laid back approach to turning on, tuning in, and dropping out. “Why be low? All of us are sitting here, feeling strange / Light a merry cigarillo,” sings bandleader Ripley Johnson. “Ride on.”

The video, shot in Portland, shows the band reveling in sunshine and companionship, including the band showing off their hacky sack skills, Johnson playing guitar outside, and a cameo by labelmate Dewey Mahood, aka Plankton Wat.

Wooden Shjips will be playing songs from V. on the road for the next several weeks, with their North American tour starting tomorrow in Portland, OR, before embarking on a full tour of the UK and Europe this September – full list of dates below. After witnessing a recent set at the Levitation Festival in Austin, the Austin Chronicle wrote that the band “drew as much inspiration from Northern California ancestors Quicksilver Messenger Service as it did from mantra masters like Guru Guru, lowering heart rates with more boogie than blast. Johnson’s lead guitar favors plangent tones and melodic phrases, which may have been just what the wired audience needed.”

Wooden Shjips tour dates:

May 25 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
May 26 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
June 1 – Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival
June 2 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
June 3 – Chicago, IL – Do Division Fest
June 4 – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
June 5 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
June 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
June 8 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
June 9 – Sonoma, CA – Huichica Music Festival

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’ “Staring at the Sun”:

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