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BOSSK Teams Up With PIJN For New Version Of "Kobe"

A reimagining of their 2016 track.

Photo by Tim Bugbee

Bossk has teamed up with rising doom legends Pijn for a new version of their 2016 track "Kobe." The new version, dubbed "Kobe x Pijn" arrives just prior to Bossk's headlining U.K. tour, which you can get the full routing for below.

"Following the release of the last record, Migration, we internally discussed about what would be next for the band," said Tom Begley of Bossk. "The final stages of completing Migration were incredibly difficult, due to Covid and the sudden passing of Etsuo [Endon] who was featured on every track. We wanted to do another full release that was as different as possible, and to try out new things that we haven't done yet. Full details about what the rest of this next release will come very soon."

"Bossk have long been a band we looked up to," added Joe Clayton from Pijn. "Their shows with the likes of Cult of Luna, Devil Sold His Soul and Rinoa before their hiatus were super important in my personal journey into this type of music, so it was an honour to be asked to be involved in a project with them."

"It was a little daunting to present our own version of 'Kobe,' a track that signified Bossk's return with Audio Noir, and at the time of being asked, had nearly a million streams on Spotify alone. On top of that, many of the guitar parts are heavily effect driven, something that we knew we could not replicate. I sat down with [violinist] Claire and prioritised working out drones that could sit within the key of the song, as well as making structural changes to suit our style. As soon as Rob's guitar melody was reworked as a call and response between violin and guitar the rest of the track came very smoothly, and being so strings-driven pushed it in a folkier direction than we thought it would go.

"Our arrangement didn't call for a huge drop into a riff like the original, but hopefully big dusty chords, tremolo worship (who doesn't love Earth or GY!BE) and roomier production provide an interesting take on a great song."

w/ Outlander

9/06/22 – Colchester, UK at Colchester Arts Centre
9/07/22 – Cardiff, UK at The Globe
9/08/22 – Wolverhampton, UK at KK's Steel Mill
9/09/22 – Sheffield, UK at Corporation
9/10/22 – Leeds, UK at Brudnell Social Club
9/11/22 – Milton Keynes, UK at Craufurd Arms

w/ Envy

10/13/22 – Seyssinet-Pariset, FR at L'Ilyade
10/14/22 – Biarritz, FR at Atabal
10/15/22 – Porto, PT at Amplifest
10/16/22 – Madrid, ES at Copernico
10/17/22 – Barcelona, ES at Boveda
10/18/22 – Toulouse, FR at Metronum
10/20/22 – Paris, FR at Trabendo
10/21/22 – Cologne, DE at Club Volta
10/22/22 – Nijmegen, NL at Soulcrusher
10/24/22 – Copenhagen, DK at Lille Vega
10/25/22 – Gothenburg, SE at Monument
10/26/22 – Stockholm, SE at Debaser
10/27/22 – Oslo, NO at Vaterland
10/29/22 – Berlin, DE at Columbia Theater
10/30/22 – Ghent, BE at Desertfest
10/31/22 – Karlsruhe, DE at Dudefest

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