About a month ago, The Boredoms gave Australian fans their latest installment of their BoaDrum performances. This year, the experimental rock collective from Osaka, Japan celebrated 11/11/11 with one of their “astronomical annual numerical performances” entitled 111BoaDrum.
The Boredoms have been around for about two and a half decades. Though the members of the collective often switch due to the given demands of a particular experiment, their vocalist Yamantaka Eye has served as the band’s primary orchestrator. The Boredoms have been classified as noise rock, experimental rock, and Japanoise due to their diverse sound, but the common thread that ties their work together is an emphasis on minimalism and tribal percussion.
The band started this tradition of celebrating numerical symmetry with 77 Boadrum on 07/07/07. Since then, a percussive performance has followed each subsequent year in accordance with the proper calendar dates. Their installment of 111BoaDrum, which took place on Island Quarry in Byron Bay, Australia featured 111 drummers.
The current members of the Boredoms orchestrated the performance. The figure above illustrates the layout of the performance, in which a select few drummers occupied the center of the circle while cymbalers and cymbal leaders formed the circle’s outer rings. The video included below features Ponytail’s former member, Jeremy Hyman, warming up on a practice kit before his performance at 111BoaDrum.