Wooden Shjips, Vive la Void, DODO, DJ Zach Zinn

Awesome House Presents

Wooden Shjips

Vive la Void


DJ Zach Zinn

Sat, April 14, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Wooden Shjips
Wooden Shjips
Wooden Shjips, long-time leaders of the contemporary psychedelic movement,
expand their sound with V. The quartet of Omar Ahsanuddin, Dusty Jermier, Nash
Whalen and Ripley Johnson augment their already rich sound with laid back, classic
summer songs. The songs were written during the summer of 2017 by singer and
guitarist Ripley Johnson as an antidote to the pervasive anxiety both political and
natural. As Ripley tells it, “We had huge forest fires just outside of Portland and there
was intense haze and layers of ash in the city. I was sitting on my porch every evening,
watching ash fall down like snow, the sky looking like it was on fire. It was an
apocalyptic feeling. Summer in Portland is usually really chill and beautiful, and we were
working on a ‘summer record,’ but the outside world kept intruding on my headspace.”
V., a graphic representation of the Peace sign, seemed apt to an album focused on the
power of peace, beauty and resistance. The music is a balm against the noise and
The first single “Staring At The Sun” is a nearly 8 minute laid back, slowly
building narrative, whose lyrics tell of a gentle push and pull between the desire for sun
and escape and the tug of anxiety, with peaceful resistance winning the day and guiding
the tone. The restless traveler Johnson gives us a few of his signature traveling songs
such as “Eclipse,” and “Red Line,” both showcases for the stellar rhythm section of
Omar Ahsanuddin and Dusty Jermier. Their unparalleled sense of groove and restraint
leaves ample room for Nash Whalen’s keyboard flourishes. There is movement and
urgency in these tracks without aggression, a rolling foundation of rhythm over which
Johnson’s voice floats and elongated melodic guitar lines soar.
Each song shimmers with a distinctly Wooden Shjips sound, a relaxed summer
vibe. This was a conscious choice, an atmospheric goal that influenced nearly every
detail: the tones, the delay types and reverbs used, as well as the synthesizer elements
that color the songs. The basics were recorded by Jason Powers at Types Foundry
Studio in Portland. The guitars and vocals were largely recorded in Ripley Johnson’s
comfortable home studio. The album was mixed by Cooper Crain (Cave, Circuit Des
Yeux) who the band has formed close bonds with on tour. The instructions were simple
“We told Cooper to keep it really fat but to feel free to play around with the other
elements, make a nice headphone mix with a lot of movement,” said Ripley, “I wanted it
to be floaty because that’s kind of where my headspace was at the time.”
The band’s members collectively share a love of classic rock from the Velvet
Underground to Neil Young, as well as more overt love of the San Francisco scene of
the 60’s. This commonality in their formative musical years binds them even as they live
in different cities. V. finds Wooden Shjips embracing the emotions behind those sounds;
peaceful defiance and opposition, while creating a sound and counter narrative to
today’s hostilities that is wholly their own. Wooden Shjips has with V. created the most
concise, laid back songs of their career. Their music is a balm of sorts, a respite from
the insanity that, through its regenerative abilities, empowers continued, calm
resistance. A reminder of the simple power of peace and beauty. Wooden Shjips,
through V., have demonstrated the power of beauty and the power in creating it even
while experiencing overwhelming dread. It is the perfect summer album, brimming with
optimism and a peaceful energy, aptly timed for release at the height of spring.
Vive la Void
Vive la Void
Sanae Yamada of Moon Duo
DODO is a synthgaze / darkwave, time bending duo hailing from Bellingham WA.
Venue Information:
The Shakedown
1212 N. State St
Bellingham, WA, 98225