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Wes Borland

Wes Borland is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who first made his mark as lead guitarist in the polarizing pre-millennial rock of Limp Bizkit, selling over 50 million albums through their incendiary career. Borland, a Jacksonville, FL export, has been involved in a vast number of projects and collaborations, and often uses his body as an expressionistic canvas onstage. He’s also a renowned visual artist with an in-house art studio for painting, primarily oil-based creations.

Borland expanded his kaleidoscopic creative interests through the early 2000s, featuring on 2003’s Underworld film soundtrack for an A Perfect Circle remix, as well as an appearance with The Damning Well, a new collective featuring Borland on guitars, Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails) on bass, Richard Patrick (Filter) on vocals and Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) on drums. A sonic octopus, Borland would then channel his solo material into the Black Light Burns project, serving as the creative centerpiece and chief sound architect, contributing vocals, guitars, bass, keys and programming. A more industrially-driven path than previous projects, Black Light Burnsfeatures The Damning Well members Danny Lohner aiding on production and instrumental work, Josh Eustis on programming and keys, and Josh Freese on drums.

Midway through 2016, Borland leapt in another new direction with Crystal Machete, a post-rock instrumental solo album released on his personal record label (Edison Sound). Conceived as a soundtrack for a nonexistent movie, the project was built on three self-imposed rules: no outside help, no human vocals and no distorted guitars. The nakedly experimental sound was relished by fans, excited by the new creative limb. This period also saw the revival of Big Dumb Face, a stylistic and often-comedic tornado of grindcore, country, funk and beyond helmed by Wes and his brother, Scott Borland. The project, which began with 2001’s Duke Lion Fights The Terror!!, resumes with 2017’s sophomore release Where is Duke Lion? He’s Dead…, and follows an equally unbounded narrative of Duke Lion, a warrior fighting himself in a time loop forever.

Spending the majority of 2017 painting and blacksmithing, Wes has reached a point of acceleration for a number of projects. The on-again, off-again life of Limp Bizkit is sure to result in some fascinating developments in 2018. Looking forward, a sequel to Crystal Machete is in the works, an atmospheric odyssey under the name Astral Hand. A wild new chapter of sonic alchemy, the project will feature entirely new musical horizons for Borland. Wes is also working on a new project with drummer Travis Barker, which we’ll likely see before the end of 2018.