Translation by: Kasumi Billington

Of all the bands who have consistently looked to new horizons to push their music, Boris reign supreme. Continuing to play with their sound since the release of 2017’s Dear, the Japanese band will release their first new full album in two years, LφVE & EVφL, on Oct. 4 via Third Man Records.

 “We’ve been recording since Dear, including digitally distributed live recordings, 12” singles, split 12”s, a Japanese-exclusive CD single and unreleased collection of recordings. It almost feels like it was to the extent that this was the busiest period we’ve had,” vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist Takeshi says. “LφVE & EVφL is a work born from such dizzying situation. It’s a piece of work that generated before we knew it. Even to us, this work is full of mysteries, and that’s what makes this feel special.”

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 In the two years since Dear, Boris have found a new approach to music. “The band lost restrictions, in a good way,” Takeshi explains. “It feels like the chain that restrained Boris is now gone; the situation feels like we’ve been limitedly released. A vast future is expanding. The number of nuisances has increased, but beyond that, we now have the freedom to have more fun and do collaboration work and new moves. We think that the situation can be seen in our music.”

 LφVE & EVφL shows a more organic, nonlinear literary style from a band who continue to explore their own vision of heavy music. “We never create work by visualizing the finished product,” Takeshi clarifies. “We don’t challenge it; we don’t move toward the ideal. It’s more like we create work by enjoying the accident. No one knows what kind of song it’ll end up. The music doesn’t belong to the musician, so we need to listen well, feel how the song wants to be, which will lead us toward progress in production.”

 The process of creating the album was more a cathartic experience than just a recording session. “As we listened to how the song wanted to be created and hearing its voice, we were released from vertical, rhythm, and horizontal, pitch, axis,” Takeshi says. “Rather than playing, the recording feels like we’re drawing in space or theatrical experience that is close to physical expression. Rather than when the sound is ringing, the gap when nothing is playing is extremely important, and that’s when the organic dynamism is born.”

 “We always layer on multiple jam sessions, and the songs are born naturally,” he continues. “The method is different from the so-called ‘composition’ process; words and images that we communicate with each other become triggers that gradually clarify the overall structure of the song. LφVE & EVφL has many songs where we made progress on jams due to [vocalist, lead guitarist, and keyboardist] Wata’s manual controls.”

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 LφVE & EVφL exists as two independent works, two separate albums, before reshaping its previous form and becoming utterly singular. “Even we don’t know why; before we knew it, it shaped into this,” Takeshi explains. “The songs tied together, separated, then took this form. Even to us, the album has ended up full of mysteries. We didn’t even think we’d be releasing the album through Third Man Records. This album will lead us toward a new future. Through the tour and release, we’ll likely end up solving those mysteries of this album.”

“We’ve come to understand the importance of not playing rather than playing,” he confesses, “also the difference between a sound that sounds like music and sound that doesn’t sound like music. Similar to instruments, going to various countries and meeting people are also extremely important to our music. There are various types of artists, those who think deeply from a single point of view and those who constantly move around and sublimate time and space into their perspective. Boris is the latter. We want to be involved in music while resonating with the instrument and the world.”

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Using intense soundscapes made more elaborate with a massive sound, Boris have shared a profound experience with audiences across the planet through their concerts, earning legions of devoted fans along the way. “In recent years, we went on tour and got to see multiple countries, touched various worlds, and my sense of values has become completely different from before,” Takeshi concludes. “It’s like we’ve made the pilgrimage to the world through music. It’s as though music has become the prayer of our daily lives. It has become a state where the music has more purity. The category of music, trendiness [or] outdatedness, doesn’t matter at all—just that it’s a daily prayer to us. Like hope.”


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