Facelift Press Review

Boris is the son of a Russian diplomat who defected to Sweden in the early 60's. The liberating effect of seeing Hendrix perform in Stockholm in 1967 was enough to set young Boris on the road, taking his three string dayglo Balalaika with him. He busked his way across Europe, ended up in Hungary, and was locked up in a Russian labour camp for ten years after being arrested for his part in a demonstration.

On being released, he rejoined his family, who had by this time moved to England. He convalesced until fit enough to relaunch himself back into the alternative lifestyle of Paganism, drugs and music. The 1984 Stonehenge Festival witnessed him playing Russian folk songs and space rock is a now legendary performance. His reputation grew until by 1989 he was appearing at Club Dog, London, on a regular basis. Quite a story, I'm sure you'll agree. Now what about the music?

Sadly, little of the Russian influence remains. The Balalaika is fed through a series of effects pedals until the sound is unrecognisable. Furthermore, the music is essentially a rehash of Hawkwind, Steve Hillage and Black Sabbath with a dash of ambient-house added for good measure. Two Hendrix songs are also covered.

To his credit, Boris is a versatile musician, handling guitar, bass, programming, synth, tablas and vocals. There's no denying his talent, but it appears to be wasted on this venture. Pity. (Barry H. King)