2004 saw Boredoms return from a 5-year hiatus with the release Seadrum/House of Sun, switching up their lineup and calling themselves V∞redoms. In addition to drummer Yoshimi P-We (of OOIOO, performer on and subject of Flaming Lips’ 2002 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots), Kazuya Nishimura and E-Da were added to Boredoms’ lineup as drummers. Drumming is not something that Boredoms take lightly: in 2007, they curated the 77 Boadrum concert which included de-facto frontman Yamantaka Eye and 77 drummers—and on August 8, 2008 at 8:08 PM, they topped that by performing an 88-minute composition with 88 drummers. (Check out the incredible list of drummers for both events here and here.)

Accordingly, Seadrum contains lots and lots (and lots) of percussion. Some of the drums were set up at a beach on wooden planks and recorded right up next to the ocean. As the tide came in, and the drums started to get wet, they started miking the drums sounds from under the water. If you are familiar with their previous work, then this album/song could most closely be compared to the droning, tribal drumming and krautrock-influenced sound of their 1999 release, Vision Creation Newsun. If you aren’t, then this is a perfect place to start.



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