BORIS Announces US Tour Dates
Japanese drone/stoner/experimental veterans BORIS have announced a run of US tour dates this coming April and May following the release of Gensho, their new collaborative Relapse release with noise legend MERZBOW. The tour will see the band playing eight shows across the American Southwest & West Coast, including an appearance at Austin’s Levitation Festival. A full itinerary is available below.
Apr 30 Austin, TX Levitation Fest
May 1 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
May 2 Albuquerque, NW Sister
May 3 Flagstaff, AZ Green Room
May 5 Oakland, CA The New Parish
May 6 Fresno, CA Strummers
May 7 Pomona, CA The Glass House
BORIS WITH MERZBOW’s forthcoming collaboration is due out this March 18 via Relapse Records. Named after the Japanese word for “phenomenon”, Gensho is a unique release featuring over 150 minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate double LP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition). The BORIS songs are percussion-less reinventions of classic tracks from the band’s storied catalog, while MERZBOW‘s songs are entirely new compositions.
You can now stream BORIS’s “Heavy Rain” alongside MERZBOW’s “Goloka Pt. 2” via Rolling Stone AT THIS LOCATION. The tracks are also available for streaming separately. Additionally, a trailer of new music and a live music video of the two artists performing the songs “Huge” & “Planet of the Cows” together can be viewed below:
About BORIS WITH MERZBOW:
Both BORIS and MERZBOW are well known for numerous collaborative works with a plethora of artists, but have been working together since 1997. They have released three studio albums together (Megatone, Sun Baked Snow Cave and Klatter), two live albums (04092001 and Rock Dream) and one 12″ EP (Walrus/Groon). Musically, BORIS helps to shape MERZBOW’s wall of noise as a composed musical score with structure, and to make it easier to access the noise master’s music while MERZBOW adds an extreme high frequency to BORIS’s signature heavier sound.
BORIS is a Japanese experimental metal/rock band. Currently, the band’s personnel consists of drummer-vocalist Atsuo, bassist-guitarist-vocalist Takeshi, and guitarist-vocalist Wata. BORIS takes its name from a song on the Melvins’ Bullhead, and released its first album, Absolutego, on the group’s own label, Fangs Anal Satan, in 1996. Since then, the band has released 23 studio albums, including Pink, Heavy Rocks and Akuma No Uta, and a number of EPs, 7″ singles, and full-length collaborative recordings, on various record labels around the world.
Takeshi (Vocals, Guitar & Bass)
Wata (Vocals, Guitar & Echo)
Atsuo (Vocal, Percussion & Electronics)