Posted in music | pictures | video on March 31, 2008

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Trent Wolbe

Boredoms @ Terminal 5, NYC - March 30, 2008 (Trent Wolbe)
Boredoms, Terminal 5 In The Round

Wearing a cast. That's the how Yamantaka Eye brought the tribal noise of the Boredoms at Terminal 5 last night. Most bands are lucky to have a guy with 1/3 of the energy.... Eye did it with one foot. Opening the show "playing" a strange synth contained in two orbs of light, the Boredoms powered through a seemingly endless crescendo of thundering drums and power electronics. Alternating between a squelching electronics/sampler/keyboard setup and his massive seven-neck guitar (used as a PERCUSSIVE instrument), Yamantaka Eye barked, yelped and chanted over the triple drum attack of Muneomi Senju, Yojiro, Yoshimi P-We. It was majestic and primal all at once.

Boredoms @ Terminal 5, NYC - March 30, 2008 (Trent Wolbe)
Stage setup

With the stage situated in the middle of the floor (the show was billed as "In The Round"), close to every view was a decent one... and I know I changed mine quite a few times.

I got there later and was told that Soft Circle (aka Hisham Bharoocha of ex-Black Dice fame) didn't make it, though someone someone else is saying he just played really early. Did anyone check out Black Pus (aka Brian Chippendale from Lightning Bolt)?

Boredoms are at Other Music tonight (March 31). Black Pus are at Market Hotel on Tuesday (April 1). A (video) taste of last night below....


One of my favorite things about the night was watching a roadie as he replaced, clipped, tuned the broken and intact strings, and placed capos (were those dowel rods?) on Yamantaka's seven neck guitar. It was almost a full time job. Check out Yamantaka Eye as he hammers down on the seven-neck.

Black Pus



Comments (18)

Black Pus was great. Disappointed about Soft Circle...I was wondering what happened...thanks for clearing that up...Boredoms on the other hand were MIND BLOWING. not much has to be said. a sure live musical spectacle

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 1:50 PM

Soft Circle showed up and played but he started before 8, not sure when. I walked in at 8 and he was finishing up his last song so I'm guessing a lot of people missed him.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 1:56 PM

i couldn't believe this wasn't sold out. the view from the balconies was absolutely perfect. really solid show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 2:00 PM

This show was awesome. Soft Circle went on around 7:30, finished up by 8:15.

Posted by dave | March 31, 2008 2:36 PM

Black Pus KILLED IT. Brian Chippendale really freaks me out- how the hell does he multitask like that? It's like he has five brains operating underneath that mask. Amazing and even more primal than the Boredoms set, if that's possible.

Posted by shelbyC | March 31, 2008 2:41 PM

this show was awesome

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 2:43 PM

So excited for tonite's show. Should put last night's show to shame.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 3:02 PM

Black Pus and Boredoms were great. Soft Circle started playing at around 7:40PM-- no idea why. I have wanted to see soft circle for a little while but the songs he did were underwhelming.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 4:00 PM

Boredoms were of course awesome, as was Black Pus. TOTAL BULLSHIT making Soft Circle play BEFORE the announced start time of show!!! WTF!?!?! I really wanted to see him play through a huge system. Got there at 8, and he's finished. $30, and I missed the first band. Shows that large are always screwed up somehow. Bouncers were LAME too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 4:04 PM

whaaa... I got to see the Boredoms play for over 2 hours for $30. I'm a whiny bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 4:20 PM

your not missing much missing soft circle..

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 4:29 PM

Black Pus won the night in my opinion. and the no camera police were fucken ridiculous all night. Thats what happens when you have a band signed to Sony Records??

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 4:54 PM

also, not quite 2 hrs, more like hour and a half. They came on prob 20 after 9, and finished 11 on the dot

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 4:56 PM

the security were indeed ridiculous. i was taping the show, and somehow one of them saw my (quite small!) mic and flashed his light at me, indicating that he had seen it. Luckily, i made some indication to the band, trying to convey that they were ok with it (are they? i hope so!), and apparently this was good enough, because he turned around and left. phewf!
great show!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 5:37 PM

photos up here:

security was very strict and we only had ten minutes to photograph. soft circle played really early (like 7:45pm). black pus was awesome, seeing him on a stage with a full soundsystem and crazy lighting made it feel very epic. boredoms were awesome.

Posted by jason | March 31, 2008 6:27 PM

"security was very strict and we only had ten minutes to photograph."

It's about time venue start restricting camera use. Terminal 5 gets one thing right!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 6:55 PM

It isn't usually the venue that decides the camera policy, it's the band and/or their label.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2008 9:56 PM

It was the band entirely that decided the no camera policy. They might have been recording for an official release.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2008 11:48 AM

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