Dec 162021
boris last christmas cover

Do we really need another cover of Wham!‘s “Last Christmas?” Japanese experimental metal legends Boris think so. As the band puts it “We hope this Christmas will be the ‘Last Christmas’ of COVID-19” which is, um, sweet, I guess. That intention is a weird prism to look through if you think about the lyrics of “Last Christmas” so perhaps it’s best we don’t dwell on that.

Rather, we should dwell on the rather unique take this rather unique band has taken with a song that has been covered to death. Boris go full shoegaze (or nugaze, if you prefer), with extremely loud, My Bloody Valentine-esque distorted guitars mixed low enough as to not overwhelm the song, and pounding drums. The arrangement is rounded out by sweet vocals by co-lead singer Water, what sounds like a vibraphone and the ubiquitous Christmas sleigh bells that seem to find their way into half of the Christmas songs out there. Continue reading »

Feb 042013

In case you missed it, My Bloody Valentine released the much-anticipated follow up to their 1991 (yeah, 1991 as in 22 years ago) album Loveless, on February 2nd via their website and they broke the Internet. Prior to this, lead singer Kevin Shields hinted at the idea of an album being released, but never gave any specifics. Perhaps in an attempt to coax the Dublin-based band into releasing the album, a group of Japanese shoegaze bands released a tribute to the iconic 90s album and titled it Yellow Loveless. Continue reading »