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Trying to define the sound of Tokyo-based experimental trio Boris is like asking someone their favorite kind of music. It’s everything, it’s nothing in particular … it’s definitely not country.

“I think our music is built on top of an American rock legacy, but our experience within Japanese culture has sort of seeped through the cracks,” says Boris drummer and vocalist Atsuo. “Only people who have been to Japan — and have spent time outside it — can really grasp the true nature of this country. Things are really twisted here, right? It’s hard to explain. Even we don’t know where to start sometimes.”

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