The Boredoms have got to be the most
elusive band around at least in terms of information regarding their
activity. Being from Japan doesn't help either with the language
barrier and all. They descended on Manhattan on May 25th and brought
with them a cosmic flow for all that were willing to tap into it.
What we do know of them now is that their
guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto and bass player Hila left after 1999's
Vision Creation Newsun album. Since then they have morphed into
a lineup that includes three drummers and Eye on electronics and
voice now calling themselves Vooredoms unofficially. No CD release
from this lineup has surfaced but since 2001 the LIVE shows continue
to move forward.
At The Bowery Ballroom Eye hit the stage first
alone holding two glowing orbs somehow connected electronically
to his stacks of sound manipulators. When he threw his left arm
down the sold out crowd was greeted to white noise. When his right
arm lowered we heard a series of jingles. Eye cavorted around the
stage and shouted to the audience without a microphone making the
intensity of the orbs and the sounds they made build with frequency.
As the crescendo was reached he began hitting the orbs together
and changed one of them to a huge resounding guitar chord. The drummers,
including Yoshimi from The Boredoms original lineup, took the stage
at the close of this mad introduction.
Short cascading drum rolls start the adventure
next with Eye throwing some electronic zips and zaps out using pitch
control to give you a zooming effect. Then he adds some voice and
effects as the 3 drummers start to speed up. Eventually hitting
an insane three drum assault that kicks and grooves like a watermelon
truck careening down a mountainside! Add some utopian organ and
it felt like the Bowery Ballroom was going to take off out of Manhattan
to a galaxy far far away. Note: The dark side of the force was not
present. Just positive juju all around.
This was a 90-minute show without a break!
The music went from a zooming drum circle to a more tribal drum
section then back again with pockets of diversity all over the place.
A tour de force! An international event that should have had a lot
more attention! There really are no words. In fact, forget everything
I just said. Nothing I can write would do the experience any justice.
I JUST today managed to grab a bootleg of their show in Quebec two
days before this NYC gig and listening to that doesn't even convey
the energy. You just had to be there.
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