It’s hard to write a statement about Boris that has yet to be written. The music they’ve created over the past two decades has compelled critics professional and otherwise to spill their very guts on their page, time after time.
It is because their body of work defies mere words. As a writer with much of my content regarding music, I understand the dogged pursuit for the perfect description of something made from sound. To convey a feel and a mood and an emotional connection via the avenue of the written word. Languages of the world offer almost infinite means of explanation and description, and yet there are so many things for which words lack competence. Sound seems to be a big one. Be it the wild racket of the deep jungle, the gush of an underwater volcano, or the silence of outer space, sometimes the only way to truly grasp a sound is to simply hear it for one’s self.
Boris has always been a group that thwarts all attempts at categorization, and perhaps the most exciting part about that is how they will be coming to play for you at the Marquis Theater on October 15th. Based on the outcome of their past two albums – released in tandem on the same date a few months ago – this show will be entirely unpredictable (I’ve seen them thrice in recent years and have no idea what to expect).
“Heavy Rocks” is a throwback to the thickest rock and metal noise they have always been dedicated to, while “Attention Please” is a sweet, sultry, almost delicate piece of Boris’ repertoire, even outraging some fans due its newfound electronic leanings. Likely their poppiest release to date, it’s intriguing that they can continue to be renowned as one of the very heaviest of any band working in the stoner/doom metal genre, even with this LP under their belt. Their sheer creativity and ability to experiment with ideas that their peers wouldn’t dare touching is respectable, to say the least.
The fact is, folks, we have a band here that is capable of producing a doomy, head-spinning psychedelic masterpiece next to a catchy electropop number with searing guitar feedback, and they pull it off regardless of how impossible it sounds on paper. That, to me, marks something special, and their upcoming tour dates with Tera Melos are not something to be missed.
Limited-edition screen prints from local artists will be for sale soon, (info coming) and a follow-up review of the entire show will be available soon after the date of the concert.