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Wes Borland of Black Light Burns/Limp Bizkit: Influenced by Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Signed to Cash Money Records

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You've done so many projects over the years, but if someone had never heard your music and you had to give them an album to represent you, what would it be?

Well, I'd have to go with this record. You know, I really trust my friends' opinions and after they heard it they came to me and were like, "Dude this is the best thing you've done. Done deal. This is it. You haven't done anything else that touches this." I was like "Yeah, okay!" So I'd give people this record. You know, I feel like looking way back to doing stuff with Bizkit on like 3 Dollar Bill Yall$, and the experimentation with pedals, I mean, I was 21 then. Over the years I've learned. This record was definitely taking all of that and putting it into one focus push.

I wanted to touch base on your costumes. What's the evolution behind that, and your thinking behind choosing the costumes for different tours and songs?

I always thought going on stage in street clothes is kinda a missed opportunity, because you're doing something musically impactful that you wouldn't normally do walking down the street. You wouldn't perform songs while you're at a restaurant just eating in street clothes, so why not up the ante and make your visual presentation big and powerful and impactful to go along with the music? So, that was something that I wanted to do. I always loved Bowie and what he did, and Peter Gabriel, KISS, and Manson. That idea just grew over the years. It started with small things like masks or some crazy skeleton suit I had made, and it always became me trying to top what I'd done the tour before. Now it's just ridiculous [laughs]. You know, LEDs light-up-everything, and mirror armor, and coyote face, and shoulder pads. Stupid hats. It's just retarded how crazy it's gotten.

What can you tell me about the new Limp Bizkit album?

We're working diligently and have been for awhile. We're doing stuff with the Cash Money producers and I've been going to Miami to do that, and we've also had several studio sessions, recording as a band here in L.A. Right now we've got tons of ideas and everything is about to move forward. I think the final push is planned for October, when we go in and finish everything. It's going well.

It seems like you and Fred Durst have made some peace. But what do you think will be more apparent on the album: reconciliation or more tension?

Oh, no. When we got back together in 2009 we just laid it out and said, "Look, everything that's happened in the past let's just forget about it, and moving forward from here we'll only base our reactions to each other on current behavior." Agreeing to do that and start over like adults, instead of like when we were working together in our early twenties, it's just been so much easier. We're friends now that actually hang out, instead of being band-mates that don't like each other that much but tolerate each other. The vibe now is completely different from how it was originally.

Will it leans towards more raw and hardcore, or more hip-hop, especially as it's coming out on Cash Money?

I think there's both elements in it. We put out a record last year called Gold Cobra, and there's elements we took from there, but there's also some....some definite more of a raw hardcore path, a lot more metally. Then there's stuff that goes down more of a club [oriented] Cash Money path. Those are somehow crossing paths here and there. So hopefully when we're done with everything we'll have a well-rounded record that makes sense. Black Light Burns is scheduled to perform Thursday, September 27, at Rocky Point Cantina in Tempe.


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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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