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What began as a three-piece art school project in 1995 morphed into one of the most successful noise rock duos of the last few decades, with drummer Brian Chippendale and vocalist/bassist Brian Gibson combining under the name "Lightning Bolt" to create a literal orchestra of noise.
As if they were inciting a mosh pit at every show, Lightning Bolt's live performances don't take place on a stage. Instead, they typically play on the ground, with the crowd gathered around them. It's one of the reasons the success of the duo was lightning quick (pun intended). Though they mainly began as a road band crisscrossing the United States, the improvisational approach allowed for word of their talent to spread. By the time they were ready to write and record for an album, fans were clamoring for what would be their eponymous debut album in 1999, which was accompanied by a 50-minute companion cassette.
To date, Lightning Bolt have released a total of five full-length studio albums, a number of singles, and have appeared on numerous compilations. Their sophomore album was "Ride the Skies," released in 2001, followed by "Wonderful Rainbow" in 2003. In 2005 came "Hypermagic Mountain," their most critically acclaimed album to date. In 2009, "Earthly Delights" was their latest project to be released on Load Records.
Lightning Bolts live shows continue to result in huge word-of-mouth draws to each venue. The band's sound, for example, consists of mostly of Chippendale's drumming and vocals, which consist of a household telephone receiver, held in his mouth or attached to a hood, and then run through an effects processor. Gibson, meanwhile, has been known to play his bass guitar tuned to cello standard tuning. This, along with the unknown of where the band will show up next (kitchens? Sidewalks? Parking lots?) leave their fans anxious and always wanting more.
Lightning Bolt Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|I Found a Ring in My Ear||2012|
|The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt||2011|
|Ultra Cross Vol. 1: Guitar Wolf vs. Lightning Bolt||2006|
|Halloween 2003, Pink Rabbit, Providence||2003|
|Ride the Skies||2001|
Top 10 Lightning Bolt Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|5||Crown Of Storms||5,799||3,121|
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Lightning Bolt Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/15/2014 Pawtucket RI The Met
Lightning Bolt Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 09/23/2012 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club 09/21/2012 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 09/21/2012 Asbury Park NJ Paramount Theatre 09/21/2012 New York NY Pier 36 09/20/2012 Brooklyn NY 285 Kent 09/19/2012 Baltimore MD Floristree Space 09/18/2012 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer 09/17/2012 Pittsburgh PA Lawrenceville Moose Lodge 09/16/2012 Detroit MI Magic Stick 09/15/2012 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 09/14/2012 Grinnell IA Grinnell College 09/13/2012 Omaha NE The Waiting Room 09/12/2012 Denver CO Rhinoceropolis 09/10/2012 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court 09/09/2012 Boise ID The Shredder 09/08/2012 Seattle WA The Showbox 09/07/2012 Vancouver BC Fortune Sound Club 09/06/2012 Portland OR Hawthorne Theatre 09/04/2012 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop 09/03/2012 Oakland CA The New Parish 09/01/2012 Los Angeles CA Los Angeles State Historic Park 08/31/2012 Phoenix AZ The Trunk Space 08/29/2012 Austin TX Emo's Austin 08/28/2012 Dallas TX Sons of Hermann Hall 08/27/2012 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 08/26/2012 New Orleans LA Big Top 08/25/2012 Birmingham AL The Bottletree Cafe 08/24/2012 Atlanta GA The Goat Farm 08/23/2012 Raleigh NC Kings Barcade 08/21/2012 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel
Lightning Bolt Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 04/17/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/15/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/14/2011 Visalia CA The Cellar Door 04/03/2011 Chicago IL Logan Square Auditorium