It’s been hard keeping tabs on Wes Borland since the guitarist left Limp Bizkit in 2001.
He started his own band, Big Dumb Face; worked on the “Underworld” soundtrack with an ad hoc group called the Damning Well; started forming another band, Eat the Day, with Filter’s Richard Patrick;
entertained offers to join A Perfect Circle and nine inch nails; and briefly rejoined Limp Bizkit for a second stint that ended acrimoniously.
It was a whirlwind, Borland says, that kept him from pursuing his true musical calling — Black Light Burns, essentially a Borland solo project but with help from a former nine inch nails member Danny Lohner, well-credentialed drummer Josh Freese and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis, with whom Borland had worked on a number of other projects.
“I was just super-frustrated,” Borland, 32, notes. “Nothing I was working on, no matter how hard I worked, was meeting a level that I wanted. It was like this constant battle I was waging to get my musical career going again.
“So I reached this point where I decided not to depend on anybody anymore except the tight little remix team I’d been working with. That got me moving in the right direction again.”
With the release of BLB’s industrial-tinged first album, “From First to Last,” Borland had to turn the group into a touring concern. He’s hoping the band will land an opening spot on a major tour later this year, but Borland also is planning a return to the studio — most likely with Lohner and BLB touring drummer
“We’ve got five or six songs written and 12 ideas, or something like that, that are forming,” Borland says. “We have sessions where we get together and just play and write drum and guitar parts. I’m just in that stage where I’m very open to any ideas, and we’ll see what we get.”
Black Light Burns, Horse the Band, Kings & Pieces and 94 West perform Sunday (July 29th) at the I-Rock Nite Club, 16350 Harper Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (313) 881-7625 or visit www.irocknightclub.com.
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