Wooden Shjips erect their jibs, prepare to land sail across U.S. on upcoming nationwide tour

Wooden Shjips erect their jibs, prepare to land sail across U.S. on upcoming nationwide tour
Photo: Jason Powers

Good news, sailors: it seems that Portland-based experimental jam quartet Wooden Shjips have finished rebuilding their futtocks and patching up their nylon spinnakers just in time to strike out across the grand ol’ US-of-A on a nationwide tour, which will commence next month (April 13) with a sending-off show at Portland’s very own Bunk Bar.

News of yonder tour (which, unfortunately for all you right coasters out there is pretty West-coast heavy) comes several weeks after the recent announcement of V., the band’s upcoming full-length record that’s scheduled to sail into port May 25 on Thrill Jockey.

In addition to the Portland show, Shjips will be playing a sailor-hat-trick of major festivals across the months of April, May, and June, including Austin’s Levitation Festival (April 29), Ohio’s Nelsonville Music Fest (June 1), and Sonoma’s Huichica Festival (June 9).

You can check out the complete dates and venues for the tour (listed below), and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to go ahead and crease your sheet (I have no idea what that means) and sail on over to Thrill Jockey’s official store to contemplate all your V. pre-ordering options.

Oh, and one last thing: make sure to check out the record’s first single “Staring at the Sun” down below - it’s a bright, 8+ minute psychotropic jam-fest that’s about as quintessentially “Wooden Shjips” as the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria all rolled up into one.

Wooden Shjips 2018 North American tour:

04.13.18 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
04.14.18 - Bellingham, WA - Shakedown
04.20.18 - Half Moon Bay, CA - Old Princeton Landing
04.21.18 - Santa Cruz - Michael’s On Main
04.29.18 - Austin, TX - Levitation Festival
05.25.18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05.26.18 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
06.01.18 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
06.02.18 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.04.18 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar
06.05.18 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
06.07.18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Lodge
06.09.18 - Sonoma, CA - Huichica Music Festival

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