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The Boredoms: The Side Projects

By: Stylus Staff

Posted 10/26/2006 - 11:49:21 AM by buzzed:
 In regards to this bit: "and in an infamous (unconfirmed) tale, Eye once drove a small backhoe into a venue they were to play in, virtually destroying it." from the Hanatarah blurb. This is indeed confirmed and in fact you can watch a slide show of it at http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~gin/rock/japan/hanatarasi/hanatarashi2/hanatarashi2.html
Posted 10/26/2006 - 12:19:00 PM by Hubajube:
 In last year's PF Found Sounds column, Dom turned me onto Psycho-Baba. Their second CD, On the Roof of Kedar Lodge features Yoshimi & ATR and is a must hear for VCN era Boredoms fans. Psycho-Baba's first CD (pre Boredoms merge) is TabLoveDubLa TabLoveDubLa TabLoveDubLa. It's even more tribally than Kedar Lodge.
Posted 10/26/2006 - 12:25:44 PM by Hubajube:
 I just realized ROVO didn't get mentioned either. I'm not sure if they really qualify as a side project, but Seiichi is a member. They've grown a bit stale by not growing their sound, but early CDs like Imago and Pyramid are still engrossing listens as is their live double CD on Tzadik.
Posted 10/26/2006 - 01:15:16 PM by mikepowell:
 thanks for the suggestions, Huba. I haven't heard that Psycho-Baba disc, but it sounds awesome (& I will definitely track it down). and *YES* we certainly couldn't cover everything in here, so readers are encouraged to make suggestions of other intersting Bore-related projects.
Posted 10/26/2006 - 05:07:35 PM by pppunk:
 just wanted to add a few more. Omoide Hatoba-Seiichi's long time running band. Most of their early stuff sounds not surprisingly like early Boredoms, but in recent years they've moved into a poppier vein. Hanadensha and AOA-two great possibly now defunkt groups led by Hira. Hanadensha's early stuff is pretty straightforward heavy psyche-rock, but their later material is less rock and more cosmic. AOA has been described as trance music performed with live intstrumentation. and i personally love ROVO and think even though, there sound has evolved by leaps and bounds like boredoms, they are still a very great group of musicians and improvisers that no one else sound like
Posted 10/27/2006 - 12:19:37 AM by roadrunner:
 UFO or Die anyone? anyone?
Posted 10/27/2006 - 08:30:33 AM by Hubajube:
 (about ROVO) > they are still a very great group of musicians and > improvisers that no one else sound like I'm not so sure that this is true anymore! An act as successful as ROVO has been in Japan is bound to spawn imitators. To me, the most blatant rip-off band is named (believe it or not) Strobo.
Posted 10/27/2006 - 12:40:34 PM by ethanawhite:
 thanks for the link, buzzed. i was desperately trying to find some sort of documentation, but couldn't! amazing.