Wes Borland, best known as guitarist with Limp Bizkit, firstly is a huge influence on me- not for his limp Bizkit duties but more for his various artistic side lines and musical solo work. He is a man who refuses to conform in any way to what is expected of him, hugely artistic, he displays his imagination literally by using himself as the canvas!!! whether it’s your cup of tea or not no one can refuse to be intrigued at the sight of Wes Borland on stage, it is always entertaining, waiting to see how he is going to ‘present’ himself when in attendance at one of his shows. Aside from being a musician he is a self described oil painter/visual artist and has many pieces of his art displayed on his website:
There is a hugely sarcastic streak of anarchy that flows within this complex individual- Limp bizkit were once purveyors of the ultra trendy nu mental rap rock genre, where baggies, beanies and jock fashion were the order of the day, Borland saw this and immediately distanced himself from this short lived trend, instead of down dressing and playing it safe he went nuclear with his appearance and in doing so upstaged the rest of the band and the whole era! It was a clever move as when the Bizkit recently reformed the rest of the band clearly felt embarrassed by their previous image where as Wes just carried on were he left off- by being as outlandish, imaginative and down right crazy as possible- this meant he was eternally cool as the old saying goes- if your not fashionable in the first place you can’t go out of fashion!
Borland is responsible for all the bands artwork to date- he literally is the artistic centre of anything he’s involved in and thanks to his obscure twisted imagination the end result is always interesting if not disturbing but will always make an impression.
Musically I would highly recommend ‘Black Light Burns’ as his best work, although there are a few Bizkit songs worth sinking your teeth into, specifically ‘My Way’ and Borlands true masterpiece ‘Boiler’.