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Boris brought ‘Love and Evol’ to Brooklyn with Uniform (pics, setlist)

Japanese genre-defying heavy greats Boris are touring around their anticipated new album LφVE & EVφL and stopped in Brooklyn on Tuesday for a show at Elsewhere. The album’s not out till October and they only performed two tracks from the record — “Love” and “Shadow of Skull” — but Brooklyn did get lots of old classics and fan favorites in a ripping, straightforward set. In the past, Boris have usually performed in a haze of fog, but this one was smoke machine free and, as was lit white much of the time, made for very intimate-feeling show. Drummer Atsuo was his usual self doing some flamboyant showmanship and grimaces throughout the set but he now wears heavy makeup and has bleached the front of his hair, giving him a sinister look.

Brooklyn’s own Uniform opened with a grinding, brutal set of crushing industrial/power electronics that had guitarist Ben Greenberg and the singer Michael Berdan hurling themselves violently around the stage. The addition of a drummer to their lineup (on this tour, Michael A. Engle from Crawl) has made their live sets much more incendiary and the band keeps getting better each time I’ve see them.

Boris’ tour hits Paradise Rock Club in Boston tonight (9/11).  If you’re a fan it’s worth going just to grab the exclusive tour only colored vinyl version of LφVE & EVφL (orange with black and white splatter/blue with black and white splatter) and the re-releases of Akuma No Uta (pink with purple splatter splatter) and Feedbacker (clear with blood red splatter).

Pics from the whole night are in the gallery above and Boris’ setlist is below.

SETLIST: Boris @ Elsewhere 9/10/2019:
The Power
Dōshitemo Anata o Yurusenai
Love
To the Beach
Journey
Melody
Heavenly Blue
Absolutego
Feedbacker
Shadow of Skull

Encore:
Akuma no Uta
Pink
Statement

review and photos by Greg Cristman

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