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Friday, 08 August 2008 ,  Written by Jonathan Easley
Boris - Smile
If Boris seems to bristle at the success of their cool-rock, straight metal albums, it’s not necessarily a reactionary recoil to the prospects of commercial prosperity.  If that were the case, it’s doubtful that the band would have been available for profile to a print medium as trend-trailing as the New York Times.  And besides, there’s a language barrier that probably makes their words come across a little rougher and more direct than intended.  Boris is a Japanese trio (two skinny, long-haired dudes and one skinny, long-haired chick, all well into their 30s) who’ve been exploring the fringes of psych-metal since the mid-‘90s.  They didn’t gain large-scale exposure with the stateside indie crowd (where they are infinitely more popular than in their homeland) until their well-received 2006 album Pink was released on Southern Lord records.  Southern Lord is fast becoming ...
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