Album Review: Wooden Shjips - 'Vol 2' (Sick Thirst)

Lacking a progressive spirit but effective nonetheless

Given that heavy psych and space rock have been going through another renaissance, it’s remarkable that the Shjips manage to retain such a distinctive sound. Their character mixes the classic (The Velvet Underground), the unusual (Suicide), the gauche (The Doors) and the hip (Guru Guru) into a warmly overdriven and satisfying whole. The black leather-clad hands of Alan Vega and Martin Rev are a spectral presence guiding ‘Vampire Blues’ and ‘Loose Lips’ like a Hell’s Angel cruising down an autobahn. Wooden Shjips obviously aren’t interested in the same progressive spirit as the likes of fellow travellers Oneida but they’re still damn effective at what they do.

John Doran

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8 / 10

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