Genre-defying Japanese rock legends Boris are gearing up to release the new album LφVE & EVφL on Third Man and then tour North America later this year, but first they're going on a short Japan tour this month with Relaxer, Crypt City and Lisa Bella Donna and releasing a four-way split with them. The physical splits will only be available on the tour, but we're premiering the digital stream in this post.

Both the tour and split are in partnership with effects pedals company EarthQuaker Devices, and though the Boris and Crypt City songs were previously released in other forms, they were re-recorded using all EarthQuaker Devices pedals for this split. The Boris song is "Farewell," which the band already released a few different versions of, and this one is worth hearing as well. It was also a cool song to pick -- the song initially came out on 2005's Pink, and its heavy shoegazy vibes are even more in style now than they were back then.

The other songs on the split are also all worth hearing, and all pretty different. Lisa Bella Donna's explores ambient electronic pop, Crypt City's dives into heavy, motorik psychedelic rock, and Relaxer offers up Sabbathy stoner doom. Listen to the whole thing below.

Boris / Crypt City / Relaxer / Lisa Bella Donna -- 2019 Japan Tour Dates
5/26 Tokyo Shindaita FEVER
5/27 Nagoya APOLLO BASE
5/28 Osaka CONPASS
5/29 Hiroshima CLUB QUATTRO
5/30 Fukuoka INSA

Boris / Uniform — 2019 North American Tour Dates
August 19 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
August 20 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
August 22 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
August 23 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
August 24 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
August 25 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
August 28 Mexico City, MX @ Galera *
August 30 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
August 31 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
September 1 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
September 3 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
September 4 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
September 5 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival *
September 7 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
September 8 Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
September 10 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
September 11 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
September 12 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
September 13 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Plaza
September 14 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
September 15 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
September 17 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
September 18 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
September 20 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
September 21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
September 23 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
September 24 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
September 26 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 27 San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
September 28 Camarillo, CA @ Rock City
September 29 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

* no Uniform

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