After a week that was fairly heavy on the self-releasing bands — what with Arrowhead, Black Space Riders, Crystal Head, Biblical and Sanctus Bellum — it seems only fitting to cap off with the likes of Borracho, who are one of the strongest yet-to-be-aligned heavy rock groups in the US right now, at least as far as I’m concerned. They released the above video for the track “Concentric Circles” from their 2011 Splitting Sky full-length debut while I was away, so not having had the chance to post it yet, it seems only fitting to do so now. Better late than never, and so forth.
All the better better late than never too, because it just so happens Borracho have a ton going on right now. They’re playing SHoD again this year, driving north to Connecticut for it, and I very much look forward to seeing them there. And I don’t know who else is involved, but they’re slated to have a track on an upcoming compilation from the Ripple Effect blog, and they’re currently in the studio wrapping some other material. Meanwhile, the Splitting Sky track “All in Play” will also get the video treatment come next month. So there’s much in the works for the Washington D.C. outfit, who — again — are just a killer band. Splitting Sky grew on me something fierce and continued to do so well after I reviewed it. I didn’t think much of it at first, but it turned out to be an album I just couldn’t put down.
In fact, thinking of it now, I can’t help but wish I brought the record with me to Connecticut, where I am for the weekend as is often my wont (and my want) in the summertime. I’ll be here until at least Sunday, which is refreshing, as I worked late every night this week and slept poorly, etc. Hopefully over this long Memorial Day weekend, I’ll have a chance to catch my breath a little bit, rejuvenate some and maybe not be such a miserable bastard when forced to return to real life. I won’t hold out much hope for that last potentiality — damn these unrealistic expectations! — but the rest doesn’t seem out of reach. Not while I’m here, anyhow.
Wherever you are, please be safe this weekend. Every other commercial I heard on the radio on the way up here was like, “If you drive drunk the cops are gonna rape your soul,” so please, take care out there. I’ll be kicking around on the forum every now and again and I’ve got a ton of email I need to answer — a really pathetic amount; I’m sorry if you’ve gotten in touch lately and I haven’t yet responded — but in general I’m going to try to have a good time and I hope you do the same.
Next week I’ll have new audio from Wino (you’ll never guess what day) and Black Shape of Nexus and, provided I have time to transcribe it, a truly epic interview I did the other day with Stephen Flam of Winter. It was badass, and definitely worth staying tuned for. It’s also friends-reviews week, where I won’t even attempt to feign impartiality in reviewing buddies’ bands. That’ll be fun, and I hope for you too. Please feel free to keep in touch via comments, likes, shares, email, forum posts, or whatever your preferred method as we move through this thing, and most of all, thanks for reading this week. More to come.
Tags: Borracho, Unsigned bands, Washington D.C.