In a career spanning over 20 years the group has undergone multiple changes in line-up, sound and philosophy. Beginning as a dada ‘no-core’ noise-punk outfit, transmuting into psychedelic krautrockers, their more recent records have been largely based around repetitive minimalism, ambient music, and tribal drumming , most recently appearing in a radically stripped down set-up featuring three drummers with singer Eye making interesting noises over the top.
The band has a vast and sometimes confusing discography. Many band members have rotated through the group over the years, often using a number of various stage names. Singer Yamantaka Eye is the closest the band has to a frontman; his style includes a range of baffling screams, babbling, electronic effects, and very heavy post-production. Drummer/singer/trumpeter Yoshimi P-We has also featured on most Boredoms recordings.
The group’s members have all taken part in myriad side-projects (Seiichi Yamamoto’s ROVO, Eye’s work with John Zorn and Yoshimi P-We’s OOIOO being the most notable) and the group itself divides it’s releases between ‘official’ Boredoms records and an experimental ‘Super Roots’ Series. Group members also soundtracked the notorious Miike film, “Ichi the Killer”, using the name “Karera Musication”. All of this makes a complete Boredoms discography nigh-on impossible. The one constant throughout being their virtually unclassifiable music and infectious sense of joy.
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