June 8, 2006

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Boris, Pink
Southern Lord Records, 2006

With Japanese power trio Boris it’s that everyman factor where literally anyone with a boombox and a spare toaster to use as a pre-amp could become champion of the underground. The contents of Pink could very well be prime leavings from the band’s 2005 indie smash Akuma No Uta for all we know: same blissfully spazzy “Hendrix Joins Sex Pistols!” j-punk delivered with the same Fugazi purposefulness (in fact, “Six Three Times” is essentially just another way of putting “Waiting Room”), and that’d be the tale of this coup de sludge if it weren’t for a notch or two of improvement in melody, best evidenced in drummer/singer Atsuo’s Bono nick floating over the skate-explosion “Just Abandoned Myself.” The title track tears around like a wasp that just snorted Raid, laying waste to the lava-lamp hypnotics of boot-up track “Farewell,” which, at seven minutes, is half as long as ANU’s fuzz-pegging “Introduction” and a 10-to-1 bet to be the set-closer when the band pairs up with Sunn0))) on tour (the Southern Lord labelmates collaborated on “Altar,” a full-length scheduled for release later this year). B+

— Eric W. Saeger


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