NewsNovember 30, 2021 1:39 PM ET1,966 views

Boris announce new album 'W', debut lead single

Official press release:

In an effort to sublimate the negative energy surrounding everyone in 2020, legendary Japanese heavy rock band Boris focused all of their energy creatively and turned out the most extreme album of their long and widely celebrated career, NO. The band self-released the album, desiring to get it out as quickly as possible but intentionally called the final track on the album "Interlude" while planning its follow-up.

The follow-up comes with W, the band's debut album for Sacred Bones Records. The record opens with the same melody as "Interlude" in a piece titled "I want to go to the side where you can touch..." and in contrast to the extreme sounds found on NO, this new album whispers into the listener's ear with a trembling hazy sound meant to awaken sensation.

On all of W, Boris's Wata carries the lead vocal duties. In general the styles on the album range from noise to new age, as is typical with one of our generation's most dynamic and adventurous bands, but there is a thread of melodic deliberation through each song that successfully accomplishes the band's goal of eliciting deep sensation. Be it through epic sludgy riffs, angelic vocal reverberations or the seduction of their off-kilter percussion, Boris will have you fully under their spell. This languid and liquifying sound is perfectly represented in the beautiful Kotao Tomozawa cover art and in suGar yoshinaga's sound production.

NO and W weave together to form Now, a duo of releases that respond to one another. In following their hardest album with this sensuous thundering masterpiece they are creating a continuous circle of harshness and healing, one that seems more relevant now than ever and shows the band operating at an apex of their musical career.

W's first single, "Drowning By Numbers," arrives today by way of a spellbinding new music video. Of the video, Boris comments: "This video was filmed at a private showcase with limited invitation in April of 2021. It is a collaborative performance with a contemporary dance team. The song was transformed from its original performance and visualized; a big hat dances symbolically at the beginning of the new album."

W track listing:

1. I Want to Go to the Side Where You Can Touch…
2. Icelina
3. Drowning by Numbers
4. Invitation
5. The Fallen
6. Beyond Good and Evil
7. Old Projector
8. You Will Know (Ohayo Version)
9. Jozan


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anonymous 11/30/2021 10:55:00 AM

Stoked for this. "Q" was pretty good. "P" was a little lack luster.

_d0thack_ 11/30/2021 11:12:51 AM

Hell yes.

anonymous 11/30/2021 11:19:37 AM


anonymous 11/30/2021 11:20:28 AM

Nothing like a good old Asian beaver at the crack of dawn

anonymous 11/30/2021 11:29:21 AM

"liquifying sound?" who wants to be liquified? snowmen are not stoked.

VodkaVeins 11/30/2021 11:48:39 AM

Single sounds like a Bjork b-side. f*ck yeah.

anonymous 11/30/2021 12:07:30 PM


anonymous 11/30/2021 12:15:17 PM

Saw this band perform in Japan and was bored out of my f*cking mind. I can't imagine getting hyped to see stuff like this in a live setting.

evil_hero 11/30/2021 12:27:35 PM

wata i love you

evil_hero 11/30/2021 12:29:24 PM

VodkaVeins 38 minutes ago Single sounds like a Bjork b-side. f*ck yeah. i was gonna say the same except not be stoked about it. lmao

anonymous 11/30/2021 12:32:24 PM

you sit on it....but you can't take it with you....

anonymous 11/30/2021 1:09:26 PM

Dudes who are into 100% total gimmick music are stoked.

anonymous 11/30/2021 1:17:54 PM

Look at all these weebs fawning over a Japanese girl who plays guitar.

anonymous 11/30/2021 2:11:45 PM

Do you think it's about George W Bush?

anonymous 11/30/2021 9:46:33 PM

I couldn't go 5 seconds without hearing about or seeing this band in 2006

anonymous 11/30/2021 10:13:34 PM

Saw them in Bahston with Cave In, Middle East Downstairs. In like 2008 or 09. And my God, I was rock hard the whole time. No whiskey ding dahng here, my laddies

anonymous 12/1/2021 7:08:14 AM

Boris Yeltsin is not impressed you mouth breathers.

anonymous 12/1/2021 5:54:40 PM

this new album whispers into the listener's ear with a trembling hazy sound meant to awaken sensation. this new album whispers into the listener's ear with a trembling hazy sound meant to awaken sensation. this new album whispers into the listener's ear with a trembling hazy sound meant to awaken sensation.

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