It seems almost typically perverse that Japanese trio Boris have chosen their 2006 album Pink for the bells-and-whistles reissue package and anniversary tour; whilst serving as a major breakthrough for the band, Pink was the album that seemed to confuse – or even annoy – their fans, seeing the band shift from the kind of amplifier-worshipping doom that made their name to something much more accessible, with nods to shoegaze and indie rock amidst the metal.
Such genre hopping has become the norm for a band who endlessly resist categorisation (and collection – their discography is infamously labyrinthine), as collaborations with everyone from Sunn O))) to Merzbow to Asobi Seksu demonstrate. The album was reissued in various lavish formats back in the summer through Sargent House, including the usual slew of alternate versions and a whole album’s worth of unreleased material (of a high enough standard it makes you wonder why it took so long to appear). And this month the band make a rare visit to the UK for a short tour which fetches up at Newcastle University on Friday 16th December. It’s hard to predict quite what Boris will do on the night, but it’s a safe bet it will be worth seeing regardless.