There’s nothing new about what Wooden Shjips do – see The Stooges, Suicide, Spaceman 3 before them – but they do it so well they should soon be a permanent member of that list of forebears. The San Francisco quartet deliver a heavy garage-psychedelia that can move between frenetic and languid but is always fixed on motorik rhythms, droning organ and taut, fuzzy guitar riffs. Last year the band released their third – and most accessible – album, of noticeably shorter songs but with no deviation from the dark, churning groove. It’s not about the destination with Wooden Shjips, it’s all about the ride.

Thu 12 Jul, Sound Control, 1 New Wakefield Street, M1 5NP, Tel: 0161 236 0340, 7.30pm, £10,

Thu 12 Jul
Archie Vist
Published on:
Sun 8 Jul 2012