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Boris release 'Heavy Rocks 2002' on digital formats, share demo

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Ebru Yildiz

Official press release:

21 years since it first surfaced, Boris' landmark album Heavy Rocks (2002) is finally available on DSP's. Its original release in 2002 circulated only domestically in Boris' home base of Japan, leaving worldwide listeners eager for physical copies of the album.  At the time, as record pressings were in production, a fire broke out at the plant and the stamper was lost, rendering the album out-of-print for many, many years — and it quickly became a cult classic.  The reissue, out digitally today and physically (on LP for the first time ever, on CD format as a re-press) on September 8th, was restored from the original TD master.

The release of Heavy Rocks (2002) also coincides with an expansive Boris + Melvins U.S. tour that kicks off August 24th in Los Angeles.  Both bands have circled each other with reverence for many years; they first played a show together in 1999 during Melvins' first time in Japan, and ever since they have deepened their friendship and enjoyed opportunities to play together whenever possible. This time, for their first ever tour together, Boris and Melvins will be playing a full set of songs from their classic albums: Bullhead from Melvins and Heavy Rocks (2002) from Boris.

Boris shared the following:

Could anyone have predicted such an astonishing event, that Boris and Melvins would tour the entire USA together? Since the mid-1980's, Melvins have had an enormous influence on artists of all genres not only limited to heavy music, and have brought forth a surge of faithful followers over the years. Needless to say, Boris is just one of these many bands influenced by the mighty Melvins, and we took our name from a song title off of the 1991 album, Bullhead." Buzz from Melvins continues, "40 years as the Melvins!!! What better way to celebrate that unlikely milestone than by setting off on the 'Twins of Evil Tour' with our friends Boris!! This will be a stone groove!

Pre-order Heavy Rocks (2002) here, check out a new line of Heavy Rocks merch here, and stay tuned for more news on Boris's inimitable output to come.

08/24 Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
08/25 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
08/26 Fresno, CA @ Strummer's
08/27 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
08/28 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
08/29 Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre
08/31 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
09/01 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
09/02 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Spokane
09/03 Bozeman, MT @ The ELM
09/05 Fargo, ND @ The Hall at Fargo Brewing Company
09/06 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
09/07 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
09/08 Chicago, IL @ Metro
09/09 St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag
09/11 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
09/12 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
09/13 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
09/14 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
09/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian
09/16 Maspeth, NY @ Desertfest NYC
09/18 Albany, NY @ Empire Live
09/19 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
09/20 Bethlehem, PA @ MusicFest Café
09/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bowl
09/22 Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
09/23 Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27
09/24 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
09/26 Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
09/27 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09/28 Savannah, GA @ District Live
09/29 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
09/30 New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's
10/02 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Studio
10/03 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10/04 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
10/05 Oklahoma City, OK @ Beer City Music Hall
10/06 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
10/07 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
10/09 Denver, CO @ Summit
10/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/13 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

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anonymous 306 days ago

More like BOREis. 🥱😴


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