12.25.2015

THE BOREDOMS
































"Onanie bomb meets the Sex Pistols"
Year:  1988
Country:  Japan
City:  Osaka
Label: Warner Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Noise         Punk





















This is a four musicians band started in 1986 in Osaka, Japan. They mix some kind of harsh noise with classic garage rock, psychedelic rock and punk. This one was dedicated to the short-lived band Sex Pistols.
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"soul discharge"
Year:  1989
Country:  Japan
City:  Osaka
Label:  Warner Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Noise          Punk


























The CD version of Soul Discharge came with an unexpected bonus: 14 extra tracks taken from the band's various early releases spanning 1982 through 1987. A few tracks like "God From Anal" and "We Never Sleep" reappeared some years later on the reissue of Onanie Bomb Meets the Sex Pistols, but many of the songs here are unavailable anywhere else. "Overdrive Asssoul" kicks off the collection of early tracks with pounding drums running rampant over a Blue Cheer-in-hell blues fuzz riff which swiftly collapses into hyperspeed THE BOREDOMS nuttiness. Eye rants and sings along as always, as if being pulled in 18 different directions. "Okinawa in Hawaii on Saturn" offers what sounds like a Beach Boys riff stuffed through a wringer; by the time the groans and insane laughter come at the mid-song break, more distortion than a recording should allow has already occurred, thanks to drumming gone out of control (the wild fluctuations in volume should also be noted). The tracks that follow wind their strange way; while at times they definitely sound rougher compared to the Soul Discharge tracks (THE BOREDOMS do indeed have a different feeling to them at different levels of recording fidelity), some ditties -- such as "Jah Called AC/DC" and "Hairhole Burners" -- remain perfect examples of the band's unique vision of the universe. "&Hairhole Burners" is a sonic and titular tip of the hat to kindred spirits the Butthole Surfers laden with a twisted Tex-Mex beat and groove. One technical point to note: the CD is mastered simply as two tracks, the first being the entirety of Soul Discharge and the second being the early tracks collection. Thus, distinguishing between songs proves difficult unless one pays very close attention.(*NOTE = this review was written by Ned Raggett).
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"chocolate synthesizer"
Year:  1994
Country:  Japan
City:  Osaka
Label:  Warner Music
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Noise         Punk

























Boredoms actually began as a Yamatsuka Eye bedroom-recording project, represented on the long gone Anal by Anal EP, which was later appended to the band's first full-length release outside of Japan, Onanie Bomb Meets the Sex Pistols (a variation on their Japanese debut, Osorezan No Stooges Kyo, or The Stooges' Craze in Osorezan). Eye had earned an infamous reputation in the mid-80s as part of an extreme noise/no-wave band called The Hanatarash, an outfit that fused performance art, post-hardcore antipathy and self-destruction into one violent, messy bolt of shock and awe. Hanatarash recordings could veer anywhere from pure noise to primitive synth squealing to frantic DJ cutups using Rush samples, and were not only a direct forecast of Boredoms, but of 90s "Japanoise" in general.














But nothing lasts. Perhaps wanting to atone for their noise crimes, Boredoms crafted a different path in the latter half of the 90s, using krautrock and tropical ambience as blueprints for a calmer fury. Yet, their early records haven't lost the slightest edge for this change. This trio of reissues serves only to magnify the hold Boredoms have over modern noise-rock, represented in bands like Wolf Eyes, Black Dice, Lightning Bolt and Sightings. Better still, most of it fucking rocks. And isn't that a nice bonus? (*NOTE = this review was writen by Dominique Leone).
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