Hong Kong band
DAVID BORING experiments in ways that both confront and empathize with the modern world, revealing a dark, claustrophobic world that either excites or traumatizes
Victim #2 in NYC @ Baby's All Right in NYC. Video by David Bates Jr./Streaming Museum.
DAVID BORING is Janice Laujan (vocal), Jason Cheung (guitar, vocal), Jonathan Yang (bass),
Kit Yip (guitar), and Underdog (drums).
Formed in 2013 in Hong Kong, David Boring is named after the unlikely hero from Daniel Clowes's cult classic graphic novel. DB experiments with dirty, experimental noise, male-female interlacing dialogues and the enigmatically cathartic live performances.
David Boring band members with backgrounds in architecture and medicine, and despite the international interest in their music, are not interested in “all these wonderful things that could happen to us if we wanted to truly pursue this as a full time gig. To be honest, none of us are ready to do that. In fact, we all love our day jobs. We’re not interested in dropping everything to put the immense time and energy it would take to fulfill these industry insider’s rockstar prophecies,” says Laulan, the band’s singer.
Their music is not about being political. ”It’s about the frustration of a generation of people who feel trapped by society and disappointed at the state of the world. That to us is really heavy. Which then manifests into our performances being more violent and destructive... When it comes to being an artist, you have the responsibility to really live what you’re doing. It can be a hobby or a form of escapism, but you have to believe in what you’re doing. We’re talking about really complex issues, yet there’s the potential for people to focus on the possible."
“The Beautiful is that which is well-formed and aesthetically pleasing, whereas the Sublime is that which has the power to compel and destroy us. The preference for the Sublime over the Beautiful drove us to create what sometimes feels out of place. The preference for the Sublime over the Beautiful was what compelled us to extreme emotions that are not commonly desirable; fear, anxiety, deep despair, confinement, mania, exhaustion, lunacy.
Our existence did not come from popular demand and nor the nature of our work will be."
Formed in 2013, Hong Kong, David Boring is named after the unlikely hero from Daniel Clowes's cult classic graphic novel. Signatured with their dirty, experimental noise, male-female interlacing dialogues and the enigmatically cathartic live performances, DB experiments in ways that both confront and empathise with the modern world, revealing a dark, claustrophobic world that either excites or traumatises. Since the release of their debut album in 2017, DB went from being an underground cult favourite, to exploding into the international radar. The band's bold and unique appeal drew the attention of international critics, music lovers, and the cultural crowd.
On the surface everything is fine/
We are all sitting in peace/
Soaking in each others bullshit/
Like a lukewarm cauldron of grinning imbeciles/
I go in like a casual hurricane/
Flicking shit everywhere/
Nobody comes out clean/
That makes me happy/
Alter all your shaky values to suit your new found truths
Alter all your roles as adults to sound like struggling youths
Count your problems
Count your pains
Count your time and
Count your days
Count the ones who hate the rules but somehow still comply
Count the ones injecting plastic to have bigger eyes
(Spin a lie!)
(Spin a lie!)
Why must I see your point of view when you are just a clone
Why must I share your lust for life why can't I die alone
Why can't I
Anything to stop this nonsense