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‘It’s like you’re both interesting and really boring at the same time.’
‘I’ve certainly been told that people find me boring.’
‘The Mr. Excitement thing.’
‘The nickname is obviously sarcastic.’
(David Foster Wallace, The Pale King)
Greg Boring’s Heavy Syrup is released on the Critical Heights label.
The release date of Greg Boring’s Heavy Syrup is/was February 11th, 2013.
Greg Boring’s Heavy Syrup is an antidote to the “unnerving complacency, momentary excitement, and syndicated relapse” of rock music.
Greg Boring’s performances are devised around avoidances.
Greg Boring “don’t play with familiarity, they change less, they don’t sing with words and they don’t think about sex.”
Greg Boring’s members include: Greg Boring, Greg Boring, Greg Boring, Greg Boring and Sarah Byrne.
Greg Boring’s influences include: Moog, Vermona, Crowther, Boss, Digitech, Europa, Vox, Sarah Byrne, Casio, long sticks, short sticks, big big big springs, rubber bands, Stihl, Coca-Cola, and Michael.
‘...Would you like me to quote you some statistics?’
‘Er, well. . . ’
‘Please, I would like to. They, too, are quite sensationally dull.’
(Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe, and Everything)
No. of Greg Boring profiles listed by Facebook at time of writing: 11
No. of Greg Boring profiles listed by LinkedIn at time of writing: 7
Percentage of LinkedIn Greg Borings based in the United States: 100
No. of blissfully globulous avant-garde analogue synth bands named Greg Boring: 1
Percentage of blissfully globulous avant-garde analogue synth bands named Greg Boring based in Brisbane, Australia: 100
No. of Greg Boring tribute bands (worldwide, at time of writing): 0
Possible names for Greg Boring tribute bands: Boring Greg, Greg Boringer, Egg Gnawing, Greg Norman, Alan Boring, Ian Boring, Hermann Böring, Greg Boeing 747, Jake the Peg with his extra Greg (Boring).
No. of tracks on Greg Boring’s debut album (Heavy Syrup): 7
Total duration, in minutes, of Greg Boring’s debut album (Heavy Syrup): 32:06
Length of shortest track: 1:38
Length of longest track: 7:33
“I like boring things.” (Andy Warhol)
Asked of the “brown sound”, the Rt Honourable Dean Ween of West Boognishire explained that “brown” means “fucked-up in a good way”. For Ween producer Andrew Weiss, brown sounds are those “glorious mistakes” e.g. the strangled sound of a distortion pedal when its battery is dying.
In a brown wallpapered rehearsal space, Greg Boring play keys not of ebony and ivory but of brown and brown. They tickle the brown-and-browns with fingers encrusted in dusty brown residue. A mousse-y brown ooze leaks out of their keyboards’ speakers, staining the already-brown carpet even browner and filling the air with a stagnant brown pong.
(In a good way)
Greg Boring’s ‘Denuder’ captures a distorted female vocal (presumably belonging to Sarah Byrne) indecipherably groaning over a primitive keyboard pattern and fuzzy homemade whirligiggery.
Elsewhere Byrne’s voice is similarly muffled, although Greg Boring’s ‘Fine Find Fined’ conjures up an exhausted Karen O reluctantly collaborating with Marvin the chronically depressed robot. Greg Boring’s ‘Alvin’, meanwhile, is more like Martina Topley-Bird snorkelling in an industrial vat of strawberry Calpol.
The two-chord plodding of Greg Boring’s ‘Huh’ could be that of a child, engrossed by the instrument and sound s/he has discovered, lacking any socially constructed reverence for adult musical conventions, distracted from the murder of his/her toy-talking-telephone in the next room.
Greg Boring’s ‘Primitive Lotion’ is denser, heavier, brownly psychedelic, sustained by a Krautrock-ish chug. About three-quarters of the way through, the
squelching breaks down and fades out. Impassioned and indifferent at the same time, a deadpan voice announces: “Haa. Haa.”
squelch kicks back in.
According to the A-Z Guide to Music Journalist Bullshit, synths should not be described as 'squelchy' because every synth doth squelch. That is what they are for, apparently. A nice idea in theory, yet we’re all familiar with the harsh reality expressed so powerfully by George Orwell in his 1945 masterpiece Yamaha Farm:
ALL SYNTHESISERS ARE SQUELCHY BUT SOME SYNTHESISERS ARE MORE SQUELCHY THAN OTHERS.
Mountains’ synths, for example, generally refrain from the squelch. They shimmer optimistically, glisten and gleam like stars in the night’s sky. Greg Boring’s synths, on the other hand, are squelchier than a Yorkshire peat bog in flood season. If your ears were wellies, you could get them stuck in this LP.
Another thick and lengthy synthesiser escapade, Greg Boring’s 7:33-minute ‘Night Moves’ is reminiscent of Nate Young’s post-noise squelch duo Moon Pool & Dead Band. On this occasion it is a male voice (Greg Boring?) that sings the non-song. He, too, is buried enigmatically low in the mix, muttering like a meek drunk, intimidated by the overwhelming squelch.
Their name and manifesto rejecting traditional rockist mores makes it patent that, like David Foster Wallace, Greg Boring are enticed by boredom and yearn to create genuinely boring art. As with Wallace, their talent and artistic spirit have thwarted this aspiration for mundanity.
No. of tracks on Greg Boring’s debut album (Heavy Syrup) that are genuinely boring: 0