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Yamantaka Eye, fresh of the heels of being banned from playing most venues around Osaka, Japan in his band Hanatarash due to their destructive nature, formed a less aggressive, but just as noisy outfit with Boredoms in 1986. Joined by drummer Yoshimi P-We, and guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto, they released the violent Soul Discharge in 1989. Rife with screams, shrieks, screeches, and even barks, Soul Discharge is still seen by some as Boredoms in their most distilled form. Soul Discharge gave Boredoms exposure in the United States, allowing them to secure a deal with Warner Music in Japan, and its corporate sibling Reprise Records in the States. From this, Boredoms released what would be their first masterpiece in Pop Tatari ("Pop Masturbation"). This album saw the band experimenting with less violent jams, as well as longer, more unformed pieces like "Cory & the Mandara Suicide Pyramid or Gas Satori", which over the course of ten minutes sounds covers a funky downbeat, the screams of a one thousand years of angst, and then back down to an even funkier downbeat.

1994 saw Boredoms' last experiment with this kind of violent noise in Chocolate Synthesizer, a carnival of comical sound landscapes mixed in with the aggression of Soul Discharge. After 1994, Boredoms saw a drastic change in sound that would lead them to their second masterpiece, Super æ, in 1998. Psychedelic jams, Krautrock influences, with a few remnants of their noisy past elevated Boredoms to levels nobody expected. 1999 saw an evolution in this sound, where Boredoms once again raised the bar on their last album with Seiichi Yamamoto on guitar: Vision Creation Newsun. A fantastic tribal, Space Rock bonanza far and away from the beginnings of Soul Discharge's barking.

Boredoms would go on hiatus for several years before reforming as V∞redoms, with three drummers along with Yamantaka Eye. They continue to tour to this day.

Boredoms' discography:

  • Anal By Anal (1986)
  • Soul Discharge (1989)
  • Pop Tatari (1992)
  • Wow 2 (1993)
  • Chocolate Synthesizer (1994)
  • Super æ (1998)
  • Vision Creation Newsun (1999)
  • Seadrum/House of Sun (2004)
  • 77 Boadrum (2007)

Trope Discharge:

  • Careful with That Axe: In spades.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Super Roots 6 onwards.
  • Epic Rocking:
    • Every song on Super æ is above 6 minutes long, including three 12 minute tracks ("Super Going", "Super Coming" and "Super Shine").
    • "○"note (13:42) off of Vision Creation Newsun, which also, excluding "☆", only has 6 and 7 minute songs.
    • "Cory" (10:10), "Cheeba" (9:02), and "Bo-Go-Bompoo" (7:20), off of Pop Tatari.
    • Super Roots 3, 5, and 9 are all one long song, those respectively being "Hard Trance Way (Karaoke of Cosmos" (33:31), "GO!!!!!" (64:14), and "Livwe!" (40:28).
    • Seadrum/House of Suns two tracks are 23:03 and 20:03 minutes long.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Super Roots 6's track titles are numbers that don't match up with the actual tracklisting. The songs on Super æ all start with "Super", and the track titles on Vision Creation Newsun are shapes and symbols.
  • Miniscule Rocking: A fair bit in their earlier years. Super Roots and Super Roots 2 both have almost exclusively sub-2 minute tracks, and Pop Tatari includes "Hey Bore Hey" (1:40), "Boredom with God on Noise (Boretafari)" (1:20), and "Greatboreful Dead" (0:40).
  • New Sound Album: Arguably all of them since they continue to evolve, though Vision Creation Newsun stands out for being way Lighter and Softer than their previous work (Super æ was a step into Vision Creation Newsun's direction, but still had its fair share of heavy songs like "Super You" and "Super Are You").
  • Singer Namedrop: Many song titles include permutations of "Boredoms", including "Boredomer in Boretribe", "Greatboreful Dead", "Doreboms", "Domdoms", "Uoredoms", "Eeedoms", and "77 Boadrum". There are also the Boretronix and Rebore series.
  • Word Salad Title: Their song titles are just as incoherent as their song structures.