Friday, September 11, 2009

Since their formation in the 1980s, Japan’s Boredoms have been exploring the proposition, as one of their members, Yamamoto Seichii, puts it, that “sound is everywhere. It is anything. And whatever we think is interesting sound, we begin to collage it together....but don’t take so seriously what we’re doing."

The Boredoms’ Boadrum 9 show continues that tradition of omnivorous, free-ranging aural play. Its centerpiece is a circle of nine drummers—a step down from the 88 they once brought together on a New York stage but enough to generate a field of densely-layered ambient percussion that will literally shake anyone who enters it. Yet within that field, the listener encounters unexpected pockets of deep and meditative calm. Opening for the Boredoms is the Atlanta trance-punk band Deerhunter, whose reverb-heavy sound incorporates influences from girl-group to garage.

This special show at EMPAC, the kickoff to the New Nothing series takes place in the round, a reconfiguration of our classical concert hall into an environment for music and light spectacle.

Micah Silver

In their current incarnation, Boredoms are Yamatsuka Eye, Yamamoto Seichii, and Yoshimi P-WE. The New York Times once described the music of this Osaka-based band as “writhing, howling, spasmic, cartoon art-punk built on split-second timing.”

In recent years, they have added banks of drummers, often playing in unison, for an effect that is at once hypnotic and propulsive. Their albums include Onanie Bomb Meets the Sex Pistols, Soul Discharge, Pop Tatari, Chocolate Synthesizer, the Super Roots series, Vision Creation Newsun, and Seadrum/House of Sun.

Atlanta’s Deerhunter (Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Josh Fauver, and Lockett Pundt) describe their music as “ambient punk.” Their albums include Cryptogram, Microcastle, and Rainwater Cassette Exchange.

Concert Hall
September 11, 2009, 8PM
Return to New Nothing

“Few bands are as conceptually bold and smart as this one (Boredoms).”
— Ben Ratliff, The New York Times