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Boris US Noise Tour begins July 24th - Drumless Drone Set Show added in NY

Boris begin their headline tour across America in support of their newly released album Noise starting on July 24th in San Diego and ending at the already Sold Out FYF Fest in Los Angeles on August 23rd. They have also just announced a special NY show at Saint Vitus that will be a drumless drone set on August 4th the day after their traditional set that they will play in NY at Bowery Ballroom on August 3rd. 

See ALL Boris Tour Dates, Ticket Links and Details HERE

BORIS “Live Noise Alive Tour 2014”

07/24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah !!
07/25 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom !!
07/26 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress !!
07/28 Dallas, TX @ Trees ++
07/29 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk ++
07/31 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West ** &
08/01 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ** &
08/02 Washington, DC @ 930 Club ** &
08/03 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ** &
08/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (‘drumless drone set’)
08/05 Boston, MA @ Paradise ** &
08/07 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace ** &
08/08 Buffalo, NY @ Tralf ** &
08/09 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick ** &
08/10 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge ** &
08/11 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall ** &
08/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club ** &
08/14 Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 &
08/15 Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper ^
08/16 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #^
08/17 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre #^
08/18 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #^
08/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
08/21 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
08/22 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew #
08/23 Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

!! w/ Mustard Gas & Roses
++ w/ Ceremony & Nothing
** w/ The Atlas Moth
& w/ SubRosa
^ w/ Master Musicians of Bukkake
# w/ Marriages

Noise is out now via Sargent House
Order Noise on Vinyl or CD here


The Quietus Interview: Boris

"I like speaking to young people." It’s odd to hear Atsuo speaking English after over an hour of him answering questions in Japanese through a translator. "I want to speak to everybody!" He’s reiterating the point made most salient throughout our chat, which wound up going on even longer than one of the group’s monolithic album-length songs: Boris are in the unexpected position of building a lasting legacy beyond that of almost any other band currently in their field. Drummer Atsuo, the only member to have a conversational level of English, has always been the spokesperson for Boris, but that’s changed now. Guitarists Takeshi and Wata have to be part of the conversation as well - after all, it’s their legacy too.

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BORIS & MERZBOW live broadcast from Tokyo on June 24 via Boilerroom.tv

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Boiler Room and Dommune are teaming up for a seriously rare show. We’re bringing together the mighty Boris, arguably Japan’s most successful hard rock band of the past 15 years, with boundary-pushing experimental wizard Merzbow; both critical darlings and serious concert draws. Boris will be performing a drum less drone set.

Click HERE for info on times and streaming of this special broadcast.
Dommune is in many ways the beating heart of Japan’s progressive approach to combining music and technology. Since 2010 the venue, which boasts one of the foremost sound systems in the world (let alone Tokyo), has played host to weekday broadcasts, bringing hundreds of international DJs through the hallowed doors and streaming them across the globe – not a million miles from Boiler Room! The combination of cutting-edge electronic music and political dialogue, helmed by enigmatic founder Ukawa, has made Dommune renowned the world over.


Noise released worldwide excluding Japan today

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Boris' Noise was released worldwide today on Sargent House / Sargent House Europe. In Japan the album will be coming out on Tearbridge Records.  

Noise is available on Double LP vinyl (w/ Download Card) , CD and digitally everywhere. There is also a Deluxe version that has 6 bonus live songs on Itunes.

To order online the Vinyl or CD from Boris go HERE.
The album can also be streamed and or downloaded in any file size on the bands digital site HERE

BORIS will be doing a full US Tour this Summer in support of the new album SEE ALL TOUR DATES HERE

The reviews are also starting to roll in, with a lot of great things being said about Noise…

“The Japanese trio have earned a seat at the pantheon of heaviness: the alchemy by which the act of listening to loud rock music is transformed into an encounter with the sublime.” – Pitchfork, Review [7.8]

“The songs on Noise all fit nicely and naturally into a well-considered larger statement, making it one of Boris’ most captivating and all-encompassing efforts in their abundant and colorful oeuvre.” – All Music Guide, Review [4/5 - Editor’s choice]

 “Noise is all that makes Boris Boris, wrapped up in a Dark, alarmingly ear friendly package.” - Metal Hammer, Review [8/10]

“Noise is perhaps one of their defining statements in that it combines every approach the band has adopted previously and combines them in one breathtaking record.” - MusicOMH, Review [4/5]

”.. a staggering, cathartic masterpiece that won’t have much competition in terms of quality in 2014. If you’re new to Boris, take a chance on them – this is already my album of the year, and given one listen, there’s a chance it’ll become yours too."     The Line Of Best Fit [8.5/10]


Pitchfork Album Review: Boris “Noise”

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Shortly before the halfway point of “Angel”, the eighteen-minute centerpiece of Boris’ latest record, the band’s guitarist Wata chases after God. The instrument of her noble pursuit is an extravagant, elegiac solo: her axe weeps and wails like a professional mourner, eventually tearing the surrounding space asunder to allow everything—the dark and the light, the leaden and the featherweight—to rush in. It’s this sensation that’s earned the Japanese trio a seat at the pantheon of heaviness: this alchemy by which the act of listening to loud rock music is transformed into an encounter with the sublime.

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Trying to define the sound of Tokyo-based experimental trio Boris is like asking someone their favorite kind of music. It’s everything, it’s nothing in particular … it’s definitely not country.

“I think our music is built on top of an American rock legacy, but our experience within Japanese culture has sort of seeped through the cracks,” says Boris drummer and vocalist Atsuo. “Only people who have been to Japan — and have spent time outside it — can really grasp the true nature of this country. Things are really twisted here, right? It’s hard to explain. Even we don’t know where to start sometimes.”

It may be hard to explain, but Atsuo and his bandmates, guitarist/bassist Takeshi and guitarist Wata (all three provide vocals and each prefer to go by one name), are doing something right. Boris is a critical darling overseas and the band’s vast discography includes 19 studio albums, five live albums and 13 EPs spanning its almost two-decade history. The sound ranges from the slow, heavy drone metal of 1996 debut “Absolutego,” to 1970s-style hard rock on 2002′s “Heavy Rocks,” to the electronic and J-pop-inspired sounds of 2011′s “New Album.”

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NPR Music Full Album Stream: Boris “Noise”

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To pay undivided attention to the Japanese experimental band would make it hard to keep up with the rest of modern music. Since 1996, the group has released 20 studio albums — as well as 11 collaborations with high-profile artists like psychedelic guitar phantoms Keiji Haino (Fushitsusha, Nazoranai) and Michio Kurihara (Ghost), noise lord Merzbow, and seismic drone outfit — and enough live recordings, demos, EPs and other collectibles to fill a laundry basket.

To Boris' credit, all that work covers a vast swath of music: lead-lined doom, stoner rock, heavy sludge, drone, shoegaze, loud pop, avant-garde experiments and shades of alternative rock. It's hard to know what to expect from the band once its latest record is finished; each successive release presents another shade of Boris, while moving farther away from a personality that can be pinned down. It's always one more effects pedal, one more custom amp, one more smash of drummer Atsuo's rear-mounted gong.

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Stereogum Video Premiere: Boris “Vanilla”

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On their upcoming Noise Boris revisit the riff-happy psych-metal of older releases like Pink and Akuma No Uta. That return to heaviness was apparent as soon as you hit play on the seven minute single “Quicksilver,” but even though “Vanilla” is a shorter song, it delivers even more with this video. The clip shows the band playing through clouds of smoke and flashing lights, letting you savor every sweet double-neck guitar solo, cymbal crash, and bad-ass stare into the camera. It’s a blast. Watch below and check them out on tour.

Boris Tour Dates:
06/14 Tokyo, Japan @ Fever (2014-2015 World Tour kick-off, playing Noise in its entirety)
07/24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah !!
07/25 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom !!
07/26 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress !!
07/28 Dallas, TX @ Trees ++
07/29 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk ++
07/31 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West ** &
08/01 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ** &
08/02 Washington, DC @ 930 Club ** &
08/03 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ** &
08/05 Boston, MA @ Paradise ** &
08/07 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace ** &
08/08 Buffalo, NY @ Tralf ** &
08/09 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick ** &
08/10 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge ** &
08/11 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall ** &
08/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club ** &
08/14 Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 &
08/15 Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper ^
08/16 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #^
08/17 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre #^
08/18 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #^
08/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
08/21 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
08/22 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew #
08/23 Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

!! w/ Mustard Gas & Roses
++ w/ Ceremony & Special Guests
** w/ The Atlas Moth
& w/ SubRosa
^ w/ Master Musicians of Bukkake
# w/ Marriages

Noise is out 6/17 via Sargent House. Pre-order here.


Boris announced to play in Los Angeles on August 23rd at FYF Fest

Boris have been announced to play Saturday, August 23rd at this year’s FYF Festival in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets go on sale May 22nd at FYF Fest site.


Boris add more US Tour dates and announce support bands

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Boris have announced a few more US shows on their upcoming tour as well as the first round of support bands for each including Mustard Gas & Roses (Ex-Isis) , Ceremony, The Atlas Moth, SubRosaMaster Musicians of Bukkake and label mates Marriages all on select cities as listed below.  Boris will be touring in support of their new album Noise coming out worldwide (excluding Japan)  on Sargent House on June 17th. Stream the first new track “Quicksilver” from the album below.

Pre-order Noise on Double LP Vinyl or CD HERE




SEE ALL BORIS SHOW UPDATES & DETAILS HERE


BORIS LIVE 2014
06/14  Tokyo, Japan @ Fever (playing Noise in its entirety)
USA / CANADA
07/24  San Diego, CA @ Casbah  !!
07/25  Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom !!
07/26  Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress !!
07/28  Dallas, TX @ Trees  w/ Ceremony ++
07/29  Austin, TX @ The Mohawk ++
07/31  Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West  ** &
08/01  Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ** &
08/02  Washington, DC @ 930 Club**&
08/03  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom **&
08/05  Boston, MA @ Paradise **&
08/07  Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace **&
08/08  Buffalo, NY @ Tralf **&
08/09  Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick **&
08/10  Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge **&
08/11  Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall **&
08/12  Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club **&
08/14  Missoula, MT @ Stage 112  &
08/15 Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper ^
08/16  Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile  # ^
08/17  Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre # ^
08/18  Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge # ^
08/20  San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
08/21  Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
08/22  San Luis Obispo @ SLO Brew #
08/23  Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

!! w/ Mustard Gas & Roses
++ w/ Ceremony & Special Guests
** w/ The Atlas Moth
& w/ SubRosa
^ w/ Master Musicians of Bukkake
# w/ Marriages


BORIS “Noise” Pre-Orders now online

BORIS' new album Noise is now up for pre-order at their US online store HERE. Also available are CD or Vinyl bundle that comes with “Noise” Album art shirt and 11x17 Album art poster. The Vinyl is a double LP available in Black or limited to 1k color Black/Marble and comes with Album download card. Special Bonus: ALL Vinyl pre-order customers will also be sent 5 Bonus Live tracks on or around June 17th via email. Bonus tracks will only be sent to pre-order customers.

Stream “Quicksilver” below and SEE ALL BORIS TOUR DATES HERE


BORIS Announce New Album Noise, Share “Quicksilver” stream - US & Canadian Tour Dates

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SEE ALL BORIS SHOW UPDATES & DETAILS HERE

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Wata visits Orange Amplifiers - Atlanta

Wata stopped by to play a secret show and talk about her love of Orange Amps while Boris was touring through Atlanta.


MTV IGGY: Boris Live Videos and Interview with Atsuo

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A trip through Boris’ catalog will have you drowning in fuzz-laden drone one minute, and floating on a buttery smooth beat the next. Known for unpredictability in all aspects of their art, the experimental rock band from Japan is altogether bizarre, fearless and wholly satisfying.  Visually, too, Boris is peculiar. Guitarist Wata’s small frame contrasts with the massive voice of her instrument, which she commands with grace amidst the heavy attack of distortion. Drummer Atsuo is an animated vision behind the kit. And singer/bassist/rhythm guitarist Takeshi lends his pipes as he stands with his signature double neck bass and six-string guitar in one, harnessing the trio’s energy and channeling it into an oftentimes baffled crowd. This is a Boris show – and there’s absolutely nothing else like it.

Let’s not forget Boris’s tendency to confuse the very people who worship them. In 2011, they released Heavy Rocks, an album of the same name as one they’d released nine years prior. In tandem with the release of the new Heavy Rocks, they dropped Attention Please, on which Wata unexpectedly took over vocal duties. Boris keep listeners on their toes, which is one of the many reasons why the band has attracted and held an international cult following throughout their long history together.

Atsuo recently gave us a glimpse into his creative headspace as he answered our questions about the writing and recording process, the importance of vinyl and riding the fine line between music and chaos.

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