Boris is a band based out of Tokyo, Japan and the best I can describe them… a little heavy, a little psychedelic at times. Lots of fuzz and a 3 piece. They definitely show some older/good Smashing Pumpkins influence, and I think the guitars is what really drew me to them a few years ago. I only own the album Pink, and it’s pretty great!
Wata is the lead guitarist, and she has a great combination of pure noise with shred – and is a major component of Boris’ sound. A while back, I saw a post on their Facebook Page of Wata, which looked like she was in the studio, so I perked up. I was curious what dirt boxes she had on the board, and that led me to this post.
But, let’s get a taste of Boris first. Check this out:
After doing some digging I came across a Japanese blog that went into their gear. I wish I could translate it, I’m sure it had some good info, but there was a clear picture of Wata’s board:
Here is the breakdown of pedals on that board:
Elk Gakki Co. Big Muff Sustainar
Boss RV-2 Reverb
Boss DS-1 Distortion
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
Korg DT10 Tuner
Boss FS-5L Footswitch
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
Dunlop BB-535 Wah
Real McCoy RMC3 Wah
Dwarfcraft Shiva Fuzz
Z.Vex Super Duper
Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler
One Control Power Distribution
Unknown True Bypass Looper Strip
Now, in that recent Facebook photo, there is a new pedal not shown above. It has the Z. Vex style layout, but I don’t think it’s a Z. Vex pedal, but I’m going on a limb here.. I bet it’s a fuzz of some sort. If anyone can help identify it, please let me know.
UPDATE: Looks like the unidentified pedal is a MASF Wata Fuzz (possibly a prototype). Thank you concretebadger for the photo and letting me know! Here is a pic: