It may seem like Boris
has been keeping uncharacteristically quiet of late, but get ready kids! This summer will be anything but restful for the tempestuous trio, what with a US/Canada tour
kicking off in San Diego later this month and a handful of new and noteworthy releases, not to mention the latest news that Boris has surprisingly teamed up with the Cult
frontman Ian Astbury
. Merely imagining how frightfully massive Astbury's god-like vocal contribution to Boris' patent wall of sonic, hard-rocking excess could be on BXI
--- their collaborative EP to be released by Southern Lord
on CD and 12" this September --- has got this fan all in a fluster of anticipation. The audience-realness perspective of the video below aside, if seeing this new Boris/Cult thing unfold onstage via a cover of the Doors
"This is the End" doesn't spark your fire then you ought to get your tinderbox checked.
Until they grace the stage in my hometown I'll have to make do with the latest imported Boris offering, Variations + Live
-- a deluxe greatest hits CD of sorts comprised of several re-recordings and reinterpretations of thirtee
n well-loved Boris rockers featuring part/full-time axe-master Michio Kurihara
on guitar and a bonus DVD of the band playing live in Japan. If Heavy Rocks
and/or Akuma no Uta
is/are among your most treasured Boris albums this'll have to be a must-have, as the newly recorded versions of "Korosu," "1970" and "Naki Kyoku" shalt surely melt ye face. Variations + Live
is available now at Amoeba Music in San Francisco; act fast.