Man, it’s always good to see Boris live. It’s been a couple years, and while you’ve never quite sure what you’re going to get from the uncategorizable Japanese rockers, you can often tell what sorta set they’ll play by the opening acts on tour. Last time I saw ‘em, they had some Japanese shoegaze band opening, but this time, with the post-sludge of SubRosa and The Atlas Moth on the bill, I knew it would be a good night.
Opening act SubRosa (not to be confused with the 90’s grunge band) marked the first time I’ve seen two electric fiddles on stage since
my last trip to Newfoundland I caught Earthen Grave at DOTD III. And suffice to say this outfit don’t play no squid-jiggin’ tunes, either, using the violins to accentuate some forlorn doom passages. Arguably the best thing to come outta Salt Lake City since Stockton-to-Malone!
Hadn’t seen The Atlas Moth live in a few years, and it seems they’ve omitted some of the too-black-metal-sounding songs of their first album from their live repertoire. And no, I’m not complaining in the slightest! Their set got cut a bit short on behalf of Boris–and there was no entertaining between-song stage banter–but I’m told they’ll be back next month.
Of course, the headliners didn’t disappoint. As is their custom, Boris quickly whipped the crowd into a frenzy with tunes like “Pink” and “Statement,” before mellowing things out, gradually building up to a pretty epic conclusion. And hey, unlike last time, they actually allowed flash photography–allowing me to take some pretty decent pics!