by Andrew Sacher
The Atlas Moth at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As previously discussed, Japanese metal titans Boris are releasing a new album and touring this year, and since we last spoke the support bands were announced for that tour. On the East Coast, including the NYC show happening on August 3 at Bowery Ballroom, support comes from Chicago post-metallers The Atlas Moth (who have a new LP on the way) and trad-style doomsters/Atlas Moth's Profound Lore labelmates SubRosa. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Support on the West Coast comes from Master Musicians of Bukkake and Boris' Sargent House labelmates Marriages. Marriages singer Emma Ruth Rundle (also of Sargent House band Red Sparowes and Nocturnes) releases her new solo album, Some Heavy Ocean, next week (5/20) via Sargent House. Following her ambient/drone recordings, Some Heavy Ocean is Emma's first song-oriented album and it's quite a strong one.
Bits of Emma's other bands can be heard in this record, but it's really its own thing, stronger than just some solo/side project type endeavor. Throughout the album, she brings in elements of dark folk, psychedelia, shoegaze, and moody textures that recall her metal associations. Her labelmate Chelsea Wolfe would be a good comparison. Unlike some of her more lo-fi work, the production here is clear as day and benefits her often-huge voice. The songs are rarely bright or uplifting, but they'll get stuck in your head. You can listen to the entire thing over at Pitchfork.
Three of its tracks are also streaming, along with the list of Boris dates, below...
Emma Ruth Rundle - "Run Forever"
Emma Ruth Rundle - "Arms I Know So Well"
Emma Ruth Rundle - "Shadows Of My Name"
Boris -- 2014 Tour Dates
06/14 Tokyo, Japan @ Fever (playing Noise in its entirety)
07/24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah !!
07/25 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom !!
07/26 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress !!
07/28 Dallas, TX @ Trees w/ Ceremony ++
07/29 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk ++
07/31 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West ** &
08/01 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle ** &
08/02 Washington, DC @ 930 Club**&
08/03 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom **&
08/05 Boston, MA @ Paradise **&
08/07 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace **&
08/08 Buffalo, NY @ Tralf **&
08/09 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick **&
08/10 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge **&
08/11 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall **&
08/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club **&
08/14 Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 &
08/15 Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper ^
08/16 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile # ^
08/17 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre # ^
08/18 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge # ^
08/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
08/21 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
08/22 San Luis Obispo @ SLO Brew #
More dates to come..
!! w/ Mustard Gas & Roses
++ w/ Ceremony & Special Guests
** w/ The Atlas Moth
& w/ SubRosa
^ w/ Master Musicians of Bukkake
# w/ Marriages