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July 16th, 2008

08:07 pm
Wooden Shjips @ Cargo, London 13/07/2008

Finally I get to see psych mammoths Wooden Shjips live. Never been to Cargo in Shoreditch before, it's quite a big place under rail tracks, which makes for great loud acoustics but also makes for one hell of a sweat box. Heads were co-headlining on this short tour and opened on this night. They put on a generally entertaining show which improved on their albums. I've always found their vocals modest and unassertive and that was also generally the case live. However there were nice moments with some good feedback laced jams.

Wooden Shjips were great, and somewhat of a surprise. While I kind of expected the songs to be laid back blissful psyche jams but from the moment they got on stage you could tell they were there to boogie. Highlights included "the Shrinking Moon for You" with alto trumpet accompanimen and "Death's Not Your Friend." The two bands also pressed a special tour-only 7" for this short Euro tour which is great (and likely to cause another frenzy on Ebay).

Couldn't make it to Fucked Up on Monday, had to save my energy for My Morning Jacket last night at the Kentish Town Forum. FU will be back in August so all is not lost. The question now is whether I should risk going back to the Forum next week to see the original line-up of the Butthole Surfers play for the first time in almost twenty years. Reunion rock is always risky, especially when you've ingested as many substances as those guys.
Thanks to this person for the above pic btw.