I know that I’ve started show reviews with the following phrase: “I don’t even know where to begin with this one.” I know where to begin when review a show like Borgore’s. I just don’t know if the general public is able to understand an event like this unless they listen to the music. But I’ll do my best as a writer to try and explain.
Borgore (real name Asaf Borger) took the stage last Thursday night for a completely sold out show at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz. Once the curtain that draped over the lit-up initials “B” and “G” on either side of the stage was dropped, madness ensued. The show that followed was fueled by Borger’s signature music selection of bass, dubstep, house anthems, and sexual lyrics, accompanied by two dancers on either side of the stage.
Towards the end of the night, several women in attendance made their way up to the stage in an effort to win the coveted “Twerk Off Trophy” that he awards to one dancer each show. (Yes, this is a real thing. If you don’t believe me, view the NSFW photo gallery from the show here: http://www.shamelesspromo.net/new-gallery-43/)
If you’ve never seen a Borgore show, know that there’s a reason it is labeled “18 and up”. Several of his track selections and moments in the show are highly sexualized, and they make the crowd lose their minds. To this day, I’ve still never seen anything like it.
To be completely honest, I’ve always found this genre to be fueled partly by sexuality, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Friends of mine go up in arms when I say stuff like this. “You’re not thinking straight! It’s about the music! Sex plays no part in it!” Yes, it is all about the music at the end of the day. But riddle me this: where the hell did the phrase “sex, drugs, and rock n roll” come from then? Did the prevalence of sexuality in the era of rock and roll make the movement or the music any less significant? (Spoiler alert: it didn’t.)
This has been another Shameless Promotion.