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We caught up with psych mainstays Wooden Shjips ahead of their performance at Sage Gateshead on Thursday 13th September.

You’re in the middle of a tour now, how’s that going?
It’s going great. We’ve just finished the tough travel part of the tour, jet lag, lots of early flights. But the shows in Switzerland and Macedonia were really special. We get in the van here in Berlin.

What do you like most about touring?
Meeting different people is the best part, seeing the sights, and getting a sense of different cultures –even if it’s just music culture. Often we only get to see the inside of a club, but that can be interesting as well. The music scenes can be quite different from the US.

And what do you find a struggle?
Lack of control over basic things, like food, exercise, sleep. It’s not a very healthy lifestyle. 

Tell us about the new album?
Well, we recorded it about a year ago in Portland. It was a fast process by design. The songs were written in the early summer, we rehearsed a few times, then went straight into the studio. We wanted it to be as direct as possible. From the head and heart to the tape, without too much mucking about. We entrusted our friend Cooper Crain (from Cave and Bitchin Bajas) with the mix. We had never ceded that to anyone before, so that was kind of freeing. He did a brilliant job.

What keeps you inspired?
Music, music, music. Books, films, nature. I’m kind of obsessed with all of those things. But I’ll hear something that I like, or hate, and immediately want to start a band or make a record. I’m somewhat reactionary in that sense.

What’s next for you after the tour?
I’m going to write songs for a new Moon Duo record. Actually I hope to start in the van. Long drives are great inspiration. 

Wooden Shjips play Sage Gateshead on Thursday 13th September.

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