Formed back in 1992, Japanese, experimental heavy rock outfit Boris ((ボリス, Borisu) — core members Takeshi (vocals, bass, guitar), Wata (vocals, guitar, keys, accordion and echo) Atsuo (vocals, drums, percussion and electronics) and Mucho (drums) — settled on their current lineup in 1996. Since then, the members of Boris have tirelessly explored their own genre-defying take on heavy music.
In an effort to sublimate the negative energy surrounding everyone in 2020, Boris wrote and recorded NO, one of the most extreme albums of their widely celebrated and lengthy career. The band self-released the album during the heigh of pandemic-related lockdowns, desiring to get the album out as quickly as possible. But interestingly enough, they intentionally titled NO‘s closing track “Interlude,” while planning the album’s follow-up.
Released earlier this year through Sacred Bones Records W saw the band crafting material that stylistically ranged from noise to New Age, continuing their long-held reputation for dynamic and sonically adventurous work. But the work is held together by a melodic deliberation through each song that helps the band accomplish their ultimate goal with the album — eliciting deep sensation.
NO and W were conceived to weave together to form NOW, a pair of releases that respond to each other: The band follows their hardest album with an effort that’s sensuous, lush and thundering. The result is a continuous circle of harshness and healing that seems more relevant — and necessary — now than ever.
Throughout their history, the member of Boris have been remarkably prolific. Their second album of the year, the 10-track Heavy Rocks (2022) is slated for an August 12, 2022 release through Relapse Records. The album, which is another installment of their Heavy Rocks series sees Boris channeling 70s proto-metal and glam rock through their own unique lens.
“The world has changed over the last two years. Everyone’s thinking is simpler and pragmatic. Now, it is easier for everyone to grasp what is important to each of us,” the members of Boris say of the new album.
“We leave it to the future and pass it on. The soul of rock music is constantly evolving. A soul that transcends words and meaning to reach you – instinct, intuition, and fangs.
This is the heavy rock of Boris now.
As we land on our 30th anniversary, Boris continues to evolve, accelerating the latest and universal.
Boris does not lead anyone anywhere.
We just keep showing this attitude.”
Heavy Rocks‘ first single, album opening “She Is Burning” is a mosh-pit friendly, power chord-driven ripper that effortlessly meshes glam rock, punk and proto-metal in a way that kicks ass and takes names — while subtly hinting at early Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy.
Fittingly, the accompanying video which features dancing by Snatch, has the band dressed up as though they walked out of 1974 and the dancer performing in front of enormous flames. And holy shit, does it kick so much fucking ass!
Physical pre-orders are available here: https://store.relapse.com/boris-heavy-rocks
Digital downloads, pre-saves and streaming are available here: https://orcd.co/boris-heavyrocks2022
Along with the album announcement, Boris have announced a Summer Stateside tour dates with Philly-based outfit Nothing that runs through late August and September and includes stops at Psycho Las Vegas and Post Festival. The tour includes a September 2, 2022 stop at Webster Hall. Check out tour dates below.
BORIS TOUR DATES:
Aug 19 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom (w/ The Body) *
Aug 19-21 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas @ Resort World Las Vegas
US Tour w/ Nothing Aug 22 – Sept 18
Aug 22 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
Aug 24 Dallas, TX @ Studio at the Factory
Aug 25 Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
Aug 26 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Aug 27 Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s Live *
Aug 29 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Aug 30 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Aug 31 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
Sep 1 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sep 2 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sep 3 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Sep 6 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
Sep 7 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Sep 8 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Sep 9 Indianapolis, IN @ Post. Festival @ The Vogue
Sep 10 St. Louis, MI @ Delmar Hall
Sep 11 Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep 12 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Sep 14 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Sep 15 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Sep 17 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Sep 18 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sep 24 Mexico City, MX @ House of Vans
* No Nothing