Walrus / Groon

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Walrus/Groon
Borismerzbowwalrus.jpg
EP by
ReleasedApril 2007 (2007-04)
Recorded2001
GenrePsychedelic rock, noise
Length13:56
LabelHydra Head / Double H Noise Industries
ProducerBoris with Merzbow
Boris with Merzbow chronology
Rock Dream
(2007)
Walrus/Groon
(2007)
Klatter
(2011)
Boris chronology
Rainbow
(2006)
Walrus/Groon
(2007)
Long Hair and Tights
(2007)
Merzbow chronology
Merzbear
(2006)
Walrus/Groon
(2007)
Coma Berenices
(2007)
Alternative cover
Gatefold artwork
Gatefold artwork

Walrus/Groon is a collaborative 12" EP between the Japanese experimental doom band Boris and Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[1][2][3] It was first sold at the 2007 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

"Walrus" is a cover of "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles, specifically the Spooky Tooth 1970 version.[4] "Groon" shares its name with a King Crimson improvisational piece, but has no musical resemblance. A different version of "Groon" appears on Switching Rethorics as "Vanlla Groon", [sic] featuring sampled drums/guitar and credited to Merzbow only. It was later compiled on Another Merzbow Records. The artwork references that of the Yes album Close to the Edge. The release was pressed on five different vinyl colors: black, yellow with green, white with green, white with yellow, and clear with green.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Walrus"Lennon–McCartney7:21
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Groon"6:36

Notes[edit]

  • Mixed & mastered at Peace Music 2004

Personnel[edit]

Boris with Merzbow

  • Wata – guitar, vocals
  • Takeshi – bass, vocals
  • Atsuo – drums
  • Masami Akita – computer

Production and visuals

  • Eiji Hashizume – recording
  • Souichirou Nakamura – mixing, mastering
  • FangsAnalSatan – cover
  • Keiko Yoshida – photography

Pressing History[edit]

Year Label Format Country Out of Print? Notes
2007 Hydra head 12" US Yes Limited edition of 1400 copies

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BORIS HEAVY ROCKS!!!". borisheavyrocks.com. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Boris (3) With Merzbow - Walrus / Groon". Discogs. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Boris with Merzbow: Walrus/Groon 12" Vinyl Pre-Order". hydraheadlines.blogspot.com. April 10, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Pouncey, Edwin (August 2000). "Consumed by Noise". Wire (198).

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