Southern Lord has announced a collaboration between label artists BORIS and Ian Astbury of THE CULT. This finely-crafted four-song mini release, simply entitled "BXI", was tracked and mixed in Tokyo in late April.Astbury's vocals are a perfect match for BORIS's straightforward, laid-back, but still raw and imaginative songwriting constructed for the EP; another intriguing display within the band's ever-morphing, extensive résumé of releases, tours and collaborations.
To see official CD, LP and digital release this September via Southern Lord, "BXI" will showcase the already unclassifiable rock of BORIS in an entirely new light, and shows a new side one of rock and roll's most notorious singers. The release features three new original tracks, as well as a cover of THE CULT's song "Rain", ethereally vocalized by BORIS guitarist Wata. Art and design for the release was commissioned to Stephen O'Malley (IDEOLOGIC.ORG, SUNNO))).
Pitchfork briefly interrogated BORIS drummer Atsuo about this collaboration this week. Check out this exclusive piece on the EP and find out how this collaboration came to light. This past weekend, Ian Astbury made an unannounced appearance with BORIS at the band's performance at Sydney, Australia's Vivid LIVE, blowing fans away with this unexpected set which showcased some of the material from the "BXI" EP as well as a cover of the classic "The End" by THE DOORS.
"BXI" EP track listing: 01. Teeth and Claws
02. We are the Witches
04. Magickal Child
BORIS will rock North America once again this summer alongside RUSSIAN CIRCLES for half of the tour and RED SPARROWES for the latter. The usual BORIS lineup of Wata (guitar, vocals), Atsuo (drums, vocals) and Takeshi (bass, guitar, main vocals) will once again be joined by additional guitarist, companion Michio Kurihara, as on several previous live and studio ventures together.