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  • ferns_dad
    Jan 28, 2005
      Japanese noise-rockers the Boredoms will mount a rare assault on U.S.
      shores beginning June 9 at the Seaport Atrium on New York City's
      Lower East Side.

      The monthlong tour -- the band's first North American swing in more
      than five years -- will also include stops in Philadelphia, Chicago,
      Seattle and Washington, D.C.

      The caustic ensemble -- led by Yamatsuka Eye, who is also known by
      such aliases as Yamantaka, Yamataka, Ai, EYE Y, Odd Bodysuit E.Y.E
      (Dad), Rav Yechida and King Kazoo Eye -- released its tenth studio
      album, Super Are, earlier this year. A collage of backward tape
      screeches, monstrous guitar chords and cut-and-paste instrumentals,
      Super Are features such spastic sonic assaults as "Super Going"
      (RealAudio excerpt), "Super Coming," "Super Are You" and "Super

      The Boredoms, who have had a constantly shifting lineup, currently
      include such cryptically-named members as guitarist Yamamotor,
      bassist Hira, drummer/trumpet player Yoshimi and drummer Atari.

      With the support from such fellow rockers as Sonic Youth and Nirvana,
      the band was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1993 and released the
      unrelentingly abrasive Pop Tatari. In addition to being leaders of
      the Japanese noise scene, the Boredoms have a reputation for over-the-
      top stage shows that often involve odd theatrics and chaotic, high-
      decibel sheets of sound.

      The final date on the Boredoms' tour will be an appearance at the
      July 4 rock festival This Ain't No Picnic at Oak Canyon Ranch in
      Orange County, Calif. The roster for the show is packed with some of
      the most popular and respected names in experimental and underground
      rock, including Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney and Guided By Voices.
      Also on the bill are rock bands Rocket From the Crypt, Sunny Day Real
      Estate, Superchunk, Apples in Stereo and Mike Watt.

      "[These are] diverse voices -- bands that aren't scared to be
      different," said Mike Watt, the ex-fIREHOSE singer/bassist whose most
      recent solo album, Contemplating the Engine Room, features the
      track "Breaking the Choke Hold" (RealAudio excerpt).

      "There's not one sound for everybody that day," said Watt, whose
      early-'80s punk band the Minutemen recorded the song "This Ain't No
      Picnic," which inspired the festival's name.

      The Boredoms will be in good company on the Picnic bill, which also
      boasts such avant-garde, ambient and offbeat artists as Hovercraft,
      Scarnella, Will Oldham and the literary Belle and Sebastian side
      project Looper.

      Boredoms' U.S. Tour Dates:

      June 9; New York, N.Y.; South Street Seaport Atrium

      June 11; Philadelphia, Pa.; Trocadero

      June 12; New Haven, Conn.; TBA

      June 13; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

      June 14; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Downstairs

      June 17; Toronto, Ontario; Opera House

      June 18; Pontiac, Mich.; 7th House

      June 19; Chicago, Ill.; Metro

      June 20; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

      June 22; Denver, Colo.; Fox Theater

      June 25-26; San Francisco, Calif.; Slim's

      June 28; Portland, Ore.; Crystal Ballroom


      June 29; Vancouver, British Columbia; Richards on Richards

      June 30; Seattle, Wash.; Crocodile Cafe

      July 3; San Diego, Calif.; Brick By Brick

      July 4; Orange County, Calif.; Oak Canyon Ranch (Los Angeles Orange
      County Festival)
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