Boris at The El Rey Theatre

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A little while back, Omeed and I caught Boris at The El Rey Theatre here in Los Angeles. I had never before had the opportunity to see them live. We were so excited, the entire drive there we were just talking about how the show might be: if they brought their own gear to the states, did they borrow a bus from sunn O))), etc. The opening act, Red Sparrowes, was another band I had not seen live. Frankly, I had never heard of them; however, I think their set was great. Their sound was pretty spot on, the visuals were amazing, and the groove was a great precursor to Boris.Finally, after a few beers, the curtain rose and the lights went out. A loud hum of feedback swept over the audience: Boris were announcing themselves. A beaming blue light set the calm tone for the first half of their set,  leaving us only to see silhouettes of the three members and their temporary touring guitarist.

Their set got progressively more intense as the light, over the course of nearly an hour and a half, transitioned from blue to red,   matching their now-uptempo tracks and flurry of energy. As is often the case, I was the one to start the pit. Moshing at a Boris show, you say? Yes, somehow it seemed very fitting–I distinctly remember jumping off the stage at some point, brand new $500 camera in hand. All in all, it was an absolutely amazing show. I can’t say the same for the post-show Denny’s stop, but that was to be expected.

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