“One of the most immersive music-listening experiences you’re likely to have this year …” — Spin
Spin has just shared a new BORIS with MERZBOW live video that features the artists collaborating on one of the pairs of tracks from their forthcoming collaborative release Gensho, which is due out this March 18th via Relapse Records. The live video for BORIS’ “Vomitself” and MERZBOW’s “Prelude To A Broken Arm” savagely conveys the scope of the album, whose tracks are intended to be played simultaneously.
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Rolling Stone also recently premiered BORIS’ “Heavy Rain” alongside a portion of MERZBOW’s “Goloka Pt. 2”. The tracks are available for streaming below. Additionally, a live music video of the two artists performing the songs “Huge” and “Planet Of The Cows” together as well as a trailer of new music can be viewed below.
Named after the Japanese word for “phenomenon”, Gensho is a unique release featuring over one-hundred-fifty 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.
Recently, BORIS announced a run of US tour dates this coming April and May following the release of Gensho. The tour will see the band playing a week’s worth of shows across the American Southwest and West Coast, including an appearance at Austin’s Levitation festival. A full itinerary is available below.
4/29/2016 Levitation – Austin, TX
5/01/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
5/02/2016 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/03/2016 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
5/05/2016 The New Parish – Oakland, CA
5/06/2016 Strummers – Fresno, CA
5/07/2016 The Glass House – Pomona, CA
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. 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 twenty-three 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.
Masami Akita, better known by his stage name MERZBOW, is a Japanese noise musician. Since 1981, he has released over four-hundred recordings. The name MERZBOW comes from German dada artist Kurt Schwitters’ artwork, Merzbau, where Schwitters transformed the interior of his house using found objects. This was chosen to reflect Akita’s dada influence and junk art aesthetic. In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of musical influences from progressive rock, heavy metal, free jazz, and early electronic music to non-musical influences like Dadaism and surrealism. Since the early 2000s, he has been inspired by animal rights and environmentalism. In 2000, Extreme Records released the fifty-CD box set known as the Merzbox. Akita’s work has been the subject of several remix albums and at least one tribute album. This, among other achievements, has helped MERZBOW to be regarded by some as the “most important artist in noise.”
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