Boris plays Oslo
Boris seems to have a wide variety of fans in Norway, ranging from the very young and geeky, through the metal squad, to the old-timer crowd that turns up at anything remotely noise-related. That may be my category, by the way, it’s hard to tell from inside it.
This is the second show I’ve caught with them this year, the first being at the Borealis, a great contemporary music festival in Bergen. That was a seated audience show at BIT, while John Dee is your typical club stage. Let’s just say that works a lot better – in Bergen, Atsuo jumped off his drum set and tried to rouse the first row into standing up, at least. But the crowd there was expecting doomy, SUNNO)))-like drones, not a great rock band, so that didn’t quite take. Even so, the show was good enough to turn my companions, both new to Boris, into die-hard fans literally overnight.
And, a great rock band is precisely what they were at John Dee, with a varied, standing, head-banging crowd. The set consisted mostly of Smile songs, with some flashbacks to Pink and Rainbow, but no evil ones or abandoning-oneself were in sight, unfortunately. Still, see them if you get a chance, but do bring your ear plugs.