• Album review: Wooden Shjips - "West"

    6 Ene 2012, 9:14 de Quartertonality

    (Originally posted on my blog at: http://wp.me/pjWoO-fj)

    Wooden Shjips' drone of ultra fuzzed out guitars aligns them with the trend of retro sounding new-music that seems to have exploded in the past couple of years. They are taking the /early hard-rock sound and very much running with it. The band seems to be more than happy to sit on one chord for minutes at a time in the style, rhythmically chugging through a cloud of distortion a la Queens of the Stone Age. Wooden Shjips actually shows up Queens in their sound being that much more darker and heavier.

    The vocals, though certainly not the focus of any of the tracks, remain downplayed and monotonous. They definitely do their part to make the songs sound all the more sinister. It's like the singer is speaking of bad omens, or summoning spirits and the like. When you get down to it, his singing style is downright eerie.

    Extended instrumental sections…