20 years of Boredoms

Joe Kellen

On July 25, 1994, noise rock legends Boredoms released an overlooked gem: “Chocolate Synthesizer.” Like most Boredoms records, listening to “Synthesizer” feels similar to being thrown into oncoming traffic. From the cartoon howls that open “Acid Police” to their early experimentation with synth-heavy tracks like “Synthesizer Guide Book On Fire,” this album is daring even for a band that takes nothing but risks in their discography. Also–it’s pretty hard not to appreciate (or at least guffaw at) a frontman that performs like this.