Texas rockers Secret Of Boris are one of the most infectious rock bands that I’ve heard in decades. I really don’t know what Boris’s secret is, but I do know that I constantly wind up with one or several of these songs stuck in my head, even days after the initial listen. So whether you want to call it musical magic or just plain old witchcraft, there’s certainly something unique and full of substance here. I spoke with Cameron Taylor (Vocals) about the debut album, Your Ghost, as well as the Juarez murders, homogenized music and the fact that three out of the four guys in the band are named Ryan.
Tell me a little bit about the band and how you guys together. What are your influences?
We’ve been friends for a long time, and we played in different bands. Over time the members fell into the places they are now. So, it’s pretty simple and not a very exciting story, but what’s cool is that our shared influences help to craft the sound. They also help up get along! (Laughs) Our joint influences are Type O Negative, Nine Inch Nails, Pantera and Rammstein to name a few. I’m also a huge Morrissey fan. I listen to all kinds of stuff.
This record sounds a little “different” than normal rock records these days. There’s a lot of experimentalism, as well as some electronics and I like that. Tell me, what kind of record were you trying to make with Your Ghost?
We weren’t necessarily trying to make a certain type of record. We had written a great number of songs, and we went through the painstaking process of choosing which songs fit the best together. From there, we sequenced the record to take the listener on a journey through all of the peaks and valleys.
Tell me about some of the most passionate lyrical themes on this record. When you were writing these lyrics, what are some topics that you really wanted to stress and get people’s attention about?
There’s a theme of loss running throughout the record; it just applies to different aspects and on different levels depending on the song. Whether that be a loss of passion “Retro”, a loss of a friend or a loved one “Lost In A Daze” a loss of one’s identity “What You Became” etc. “Desert Blood” for example, is about the loss of safety and security. It’s about the female murders in Juarez. I stumbled upon it a couple of years ago and I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of it. I became obsessed with researching this and that night I couldn’t sleep, and couldn’t stop thinking about it, period. It’s one of the most horrific and disturbing stories of the human race, and being in Texas, it’s not that far away. That’s what made it even crazier that I’d never heard about it. Once I wrote about the song I was able to move on a bit, but I still try to keep up with what going on. Most songs on the record are more from personal experiences with people I actually know. The album is pretty dark lyrically, with the title track being no exception, but there’s a glimmer of hope at the end. It’s hard to spot though, because I’m coming at it in such twisted way.
I just noticed that three members in the band are named Ryan. That’s quite interesting. How does that happen?
Very carefully. We searched far and wide. Totally kidding. We’re not sure how it happened, but I don’t even call any of them Ryan. We just use last names.
What is something about you guys that no one would ever guess?
We are all white belts in karate.
What do you guys do when you’re not playing music? What kind of hobbies do you have?
More music, really. Or at least it involves music. I read constantly, but it’s all band biographies and music websites. We also design and control everything about the band, so we design merch ideas and things for social media and the website, as well as the production for our stage show. The band takes up a lot of our time, but we don’t mind. We’d rather make sure that something is up to our standards If at all possible.
As I mentioned, there are a lot of electronics here on the record and it mixes in with anything from southern twang to regular old hard rock, which you just don’t hear anymore. But oddly enough, there is an awful lot of electronic influence in pop music these days and being an electronic fan since the eighties, I just don’t feel that the compositions are as good as they used to be. They know how to make dance beats, but they don’t really know how to experiment anymore and that’s what I feel made electronica cutting edge. How do you feel about all the electronics in pop music these days?
It’s become so homogenized I can’t really tell who did what, or who’s who when it comes to the artist. It’s like Nashville “country.” I’m a huge fan of 80’s pop as well. Depeche Mode, The Cure, Duran Duran etc., and to me, there is no comparison. Those guys were always evolving and challenging themselves. Now, a lot of pop artists are too afraid to change too much, or aren’t around long enough to get a chance.
Finally, where can we catch you guys live and where can we pick up a copy of Your Ghost?
We are putting tour plans together and we should be able to release those soon. Our goal is to play everywhere we can! For the CD, go to www.caborecords.com and pick up a copy now!