• Boris at Neumo's

    4 Ago 2008, 1:10 de ConsumerComrade

    Simply put - Boris kicked ass.

    I showed up just after 8:00 but the first band (Lair of the Minotaur) didn't start playing until nearly 10:00. While I waited I sat in the balcony area so my feet wouldn't get tired right away. A guy noticed I was wearing a Social Distortion T-shirt so he came over and told me they are his girlfriend's favorite band and she swears she'll leave him for Mike Ness if she ever gets the opportunity. The guy's name was Brad. It turns out we shared a lot of the same musical interests so we sat there and had a long and enjoyable conversation while we waited for the first band to show up.

    Lair of the Minotaur was a solid warm up act, though I'm not sure their grim doom approach fit well with the style of the other two bands. Steven Rathbone does have good stage presence though. I've read a couple of comments that question his vocal style but I thought he was fine.

    The second act, Torche, was plenty heavy too but they had this strange almost pop-like undercurrent going. …
  • Seen Live: Boris

    27 Oct 2007, 22:51 de ns9977a

    Fri 26 Oct – Boris, Damon & Naomi, Michio Kurihara
    The Black Cat
    Washington, DC

    It's been awhile since I posted a show review, despite having seen several acts (the Meat Puppets, Do Make Say Think, and the Melvins for a second time). However, this show completely floored me, so I had to do a write-up.

    For starters, everyone on that stage last night is a musician in the truest sense of the word. There's no ego involved. Everything they do is musical and for the song and the show before anything else. The dynamics were spectacular, ranging from eerie quiet to "ear-plugs rendered irrelevant"ly loud, all with fantastic swells in volume.

    Kurihara was especially impressive, appearing with both Damon & Naomi and Boris. His guitar work is simply amazing, and he uses an E-bow to maximum effect (I so want one of those things now).

    Boris' stage presence is truly a sight to behold. Takeshi serves as the perfect anchor between Wata's stony stoicism and atsuo's frantic drumming and stage antics (at one point…