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Boris / The Broken Oak Duet (live at The Electric Ballroom)

London 13 December 2016

Boris live Decemebr 2016 Boris are back! One of Japan’s finest rock bands are back in town to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their crossover hit album Pink, by… well, by playing it, obviously!

But first we get The Broken Oak Duet, who I don’t want to sound too mean about, because they kick out quite a noise between the two of them. They’re tight, focused and rock hard; their real problem is that they’re maybe a little TOO tight and focused — it’s all a bit precision-engineered.

They’ve got the technique and the discipline, but what they’re really lacking is some craziness and chaos. They’ve got all the riffs and big sound you could ask for, and would make a kick-ass

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Boris – Noise

Sargent House

Boris - NoiseBoris. Where does one start with Boris? Well, maybe with a water cannon to the face, the floppy-haired posh twat. Oh, not THAT Boris? OK, so which Boris, then? The sludgy stoner rock merchants of Absolutego fame? The spooky doom band behind that Sunn0))) collaboration? The magnificent rock band that gave us Heavy Rocks and Smile? Or the bizarre yet immaculate J-pop metal band behind New Album?

It gets a bit confusing when you start talking about a band as eclectic and mercurial, so let’s just simplify things, square the circle and divide by zero, and say “all of the above.” Because that’s what we get with their latest album, Noise. The opening track, “Melody,” kicks off like any one of a dozen heavy

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Desertfest London 2014

The Black Heart, The Underworld, The Electric Ballroom London 26-27 April 2014

Desertfest is an event that takes place over three venues in three days. It is a sprawling monster that is there to bludgeon the ears of its attendees as much as possible with every conceivable manner of riff to be explored. This was my first experience of the festival, and I have to say it was a wonderfully well-organised event. The strangest thing about it is because it happens over a weekend the festival goers have to compete with the tourists and casual shoppers of Camden Town which adds to an odd combination. But once the stalls have closed down for the day the points between the venues become the tribal ground of desertfesters.

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Boris – Attention Please

Sargent House

Well, what can I say…..I was going to start off this review with the same two words used to review Spinal Tap’s Shark Sandwich album…..You see I’ve been a Boris fan and collector for quite a few years, this at times has been quite a hard and infuriating task. They have either constantly recorded two mixes of their albums or added one track on to an alternate label release or made stuff in such small quantities that you end up paying a stupid price for it just to lay your hands on a copy. With so many limited releases it at times began to feel silly chasing around for their albums and made the whole notion of limited releases seem preposterous. But, you know, I kind of forgave them for that because the quality of their output (even though there

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Boris/Growing (live at ULU)

ULU, London 23 April 2008

Ah, what better way is there to celebrate St George’s Day than to avoid all the jingoistic flag-waving nonsense and go and see a band who come from the other side of the world? Probably none. None whatsofuckingever.

First up we get Growing, who I heard described by someone in the queue as “a friendlier Black Dice”. That’s not far off the mark, really. True, a lot of it’s just “I could do that!” noodling, but when they lock into a motorik groove there’s something really quite jaunty and hard to dislike about the whole affair. And then there’s the part where a Beefheart-esque guitar phrase gets fucked with, and you suddenly feel like you’re trapped in a factory. A factory making clowns. ROBOT CLOWNS OF DEATH. And it’s all a bit scary. But still a lot of fun.

Now, I’ve got this awesome idea

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Boris – Smile

Label: Southern Lord Format: CD,2LP

Smile - sleeveBoris love to surprise, and the opener “Flower Sun Rain” does just that. They go straight for Jpop in the form of a cover of a PYG song. My surprise came at All Tomorrow’s Parties seeing Earth, Boris, then SunnO))) and, reasonably enough, expecting a good wall to wall evening of drone and just not getting it: country doom, ballads, and on stage fighting in that order. I’m not wholly surprised by Boris, though. I’ve always had a feeling that there was a good singalong wave your lighter in the air ballad not too far from the surface. Of course, it gets the Boris treatment and pushed that bit too far. Like the other tracks on Smile it is totally over the top, a nice catchy

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