Over the last twenty years, the greatly admired, visceral, conceptual, and sonically riveting experimental Japanese outfit Boredoms has been blowing minds with music and racket that goes to the furthest extremes, above and beyond anyone else in modern music.
In 2007, they’re going to one-up themselves again and it’s going to be HUGE. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the band, on July 7, 2007 in New York City, leader Yamatsuka Eye is putting together “77 DRUM,” that, according to the press release, is “a once-in-a-lifetime performance by the Boredoms with 77 drummers.” Yes, you read that right. Seventy-seven drummers!
I know Japan loves their giant drum circles (take taiko for example), but this is single-handedly going to the biggest assemblage and the most awesome spectacle of percussive madness to ever unfold (eat it, Steve Reich!). And I thought no one would ever be able to upstage current Boredoms drummer Yoshimi P-We. She’s got her work cut out for her. Damn.
Where in NYC this will take place is still to be determined. Given that they’ll need space for seventy-seven drummers and the four Boredoms (that’s eighty-one people in all, folks), the only place I can think of that could fit them all is Central Park. As for me, I think I know where I’ll be taking my vacation next summer.