- Of course, when Borland (far right) poses with his new band for a photo, he likes to keep things chill.
When asked, Wes Borland is more than willing to discuss his very public spat with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.
Borland, the former bassist for that band, is three projects removed from it. And, though he's now touring as the frontman for Black Light Burns, Borland remains intrinsically tied to the band that garnered so much late-'90s mainstream success.
"It's pretty, weird, because, it's like 50-50," Borland says of the people who still associate him with Limp Bizkit. "There's all kinds of people who never connected me with the band, and I don't even know how that is. But there's a whole bunch half the people who come to the BLB shows who don't even think about it. And a lot of the ones who do, say, "I'm so glad you're doing this now.'"
This, now, is Borland's rock music supergroup, featuring Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and Josh Freese (The Vandals, A Perfect Circle). Black Light Burns' debut Cruel Melody, an aggressive, ambient-metal album, far removed from those of Limp Bizkit was released in June.
Still, a lot of questions remain about Borland's past, present and future with both Limp Bizkit and BLB.
Most questions related to Borland's past are, to be fair, just an interest in juicy details. After leaving Limp Bizkit in 2001, Borland endured a verbal brawl with Durst on MySpace before briefly rejoining the band in 2004, only to leave it again shortly thereafter.
This time, Borland says, his departure was final.
"There were just bits of passive aggressiveness from Fred," Borland says. "If we were doing something he's not into, he'll disappear for a couple days and only communicate through text messaging. He'd become stand-offish. It became impossible to have a rapport with him."
In March, Durst posted a rambling, but seemingly sincere, MySpace plea to get the original Limp Bizkit crew back together for a tour this fall. He mentioned Borland by name, and said they could work their issues out.
But when Borland's asked about it, he says he's never even heard of it. And he categorically rejects the possibility of working things out with Durst.
"It's like a broken record [with him]," says Borland, who says he last talked to Durst three years ago. "It's always the same thing. I'm very content to not ever give it another go."
Borland says his focus is now on Black Light Burns. It's a talented collective, but its touring lineup, besides Borland, completely differs from its recording lineup. The other involved recording musicians work with more immediate projects. That makes the future of BLB seem uncertain, and makes Borland susceptible to more drama.
But Borland brushes aside the concern.
"It's totally cohesive," he says of the way the live band plays. "It doesn't sound exactly the same [as the record], but that's a good thing. The songs had to be slightly altered in their feeling and tone in order to come off with the right tone with a band playing them live. It's been great. The reaction's been great."
And, Borland says, the band has already started working on its next record.
"This is all I plan on doing, ever," he says. "If I'm not doing this, I probably won't be involved in bands anymore. This is the last band I'll ever be a part of."
Black Light Burns with Alabaster Morgue and Elision
The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $12; call 866/468-7621 or visit ticketweb.com.