Discover the sound and fury of Lightning Bolt (Created February 20, 2013)
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.
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