on 28 July 2007
To listen to Lightning Bolt is to whack yourself about the head with a large blunt object, whilst sitting in your Mother's tumble-dryer as it progresses through its most sickeningly quick ultra-spins, as it sits in a rocket blasting off into space, leaving the exploding remains of ruined earth behind it.
In other words, you could describe it as being extremely indescribable. You can sit and smile manically as you stumble though your first listen, trying to take everything in but only realising you're in some kind of schitzo-dream, and your friends are looking at you like you're a mentalist. Or on the other hand, you can put it on and just not bear it at all. It can be absolutely atrocious and one of the most grating things in the world, ever. Or what's left of it.
The problem with Lightning Bolt is that their sound is almost primarily tailored for their live performances, and reproducing the atmosphere on CD has proven to be a difficult, clumsy affair. Their sound is aggressive and lively and enthralling, but if you do not enjoy the anarchy of audio havoc that the duo creates, stick with something a little more conventional.
But they are doing something different, and you can't ask for any more than that.
on 9 November 2005
According to NME they are the "last great underground band"
Ignore that nonsense theres plenty of great underground bands that can't be arsed to be mainstream and loads more still to come, Black Dice, Melt Banana they're all there. Although don't ignore Hypermagic mountain because, well quite frankly you can't ignore it. You'll know what I mean.
Lightning bolt are unlike anything you've heard, don't count Death From Above 1979, (or Politeing Bolt as they are known by Lightning Bolt fans) thats a completely different kettle of fish, Lightning Bolt produce the most brutal hyper fast piece of noise you will ever experience, this is largely because of some sort of untapped hyperspeed that Brian Chippendale the drummer can wield about in his drumkit. And considering this is their 4th album together they have been about a bit and they are very good at it.
The other Brian Gibson, who plays a 300 foot long bass apprantly, also produces a noise worthly of Gods. An almightly sound that sounds like it strangling 500 buffalos while falling down a large flight of stairs, not only that but it goes to moments of utter 800 mph virtusoity like in Dead Cowboy it defies belief that two people can play this fast and intense. With all the Whammey Pedal octave shifting and weird noise making equal to that of Matt Bellamy going on you start to believe that he could have a 300 for long bass.
Speaking of Muse, they have stressed their love for lightning bolt, and have somehow got the term 'splonk' metal for it, not sure about that but I would even try to put some sort of badge on this band, they'll wriggle out of it seconds.
If you've seen Muse on a recent tour you will seen Chris and Dom doing a Lightning Bolt cover from Lightning bolts last album Wonderful Rainbow, lightning bolt fans weren't happy, but then never mind, Anyway my point is possibly the only band you could compare lightning bolt to is Muse, not in in any heavy way, but in ideas and musical accomplishment they are both from an another planet, certainly, its art, but it rocks like nothing you've heard for ages.
Riff Wraiths is one track which shows how punishing Chippendales drums can be, you can't figure out exactly what the rythm is at first, and you start to wonder how the hell he can produce something so manic. Vocals are relagated to just noise through a delay pedal, tapped to Chippendales mouth.
I know I've said hyper a few times but I'm sorry thats the limits of language at this point in time, lightning bolt are beyond language and description, theres not many albums that leave you tired after one listen and still leave you wanting more at the same time.