Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wooden Shjips, Live @ An Club, Athens (April 23, 2010)

This weekend San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips set sail for Greece, for a short tour that includes shows in Athens, Thessaloniki and Larissa. Their first stop was at An Club on Friday, where they played their first ever gig in the Greek capital in front of a small but wildly enthusiastic crowd.

Weirdly named local act Nechayevschina (no idea how it’s pronounced) played before the main attraction, offering a mainly instrumental 45-minute psych-rock jam, not too far away from the trippy drone of Wooden Shjips.

The four San Franciscans arrived on stage a little after 11 o’clock and for the next hour and a half took us on a wild space ride with the power of their repetitive, entrancing psychedelic sounds. Both of the band’s albums (“Wooden Shjips” and “Dos”) were well represented in the night’s setlist that also included several tracks from the recently released “Vol.2” rarities compilation. Some of the most memorable moments of the show included “We Ask You To Ride”, “Losin’ Time”, “Loose Lips”, “Vampire Blues” (amazing how they transform this Neil Young track into a Suicide - Kraut-rock hybrid), “Death’s Not Your Friend”, “I Hear The Vibrations (E-Z Version)”, “Motorbike”, “For So Long” “Fallin'” and “Aquarian Time”, my choice for best song of the night. Check out below a few more exclusive photos from Wooden Shjips' performance as well as a video playlist including “Loose Lips” and an unidentified, possibly new (?) track:

Wooden Shjips live @ An Club, Athens

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