Japanese experimental rock outfit Boris hits Denton just three days into a big U.S. tour.
And when the trio comes back to Denton on Friday night, it returns to Rubber Gloves and one of its biggest (albeit self-professed) fans, Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios owner and new dad Josh Baish.
Boris wears a number of labels. Sludge rock. Doom rock. Drone metal. Truth is, this three-piece (Guitarist Wata, bassist Takeshi and drummer-singer Atsuo) unpacks a concert hall of sound. The band’s latest album, New Album, is poppy without being treacly, driving without being too adolescent and unpredictable. Club-worthy ambient sounds, like the siren effect on “Flare” and the whisper vocals of Atsuo and Takeshi are laid over metal-style bass and drumming. A grinding guitar crashes in during the middle of “Hope” just in time for synth strings to blunt what could be industrial-thrash edges. If Boris were less Japanese and more Top 40, it would give tracks like “Party Boy” a bad-girl grimace and growl and make the soundtrack of Twilight. Boris is musical enough to lure club kids onto the floor, and artistic enough to keep a jazz fiend interested.
If you haven’t hit Gerhard’s, the new-ish German restaurant and bar just a stride west of the Square, check it out today. Why? Because Brave Combo’s Carl Finch teams up with former Brave Combo bassist Ann Marie Hopp, Copper Box’s Danny Jerabek and drummer Matt Thompson as the Nice Musics. This outfit is a mix of accordion-fueled roots rock (Copper Box), music and lyrical wit (Brave Combo). Best thing about it? You can savor a stein and sample the German fare while listening to them let her rip.
The Nice Musics go on at 9 p.m. at Gerhards, at 222 W. Hickory St. No cover.
Doors open at Rubber Gloves at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $17. The club is at 411 E. Sycamore St. Buy tickets in advance at http://bit.ly/ZPATMN .
— Lucinda Breeding