Artist Profile – Lightning Bolt

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400px-lightning_bolt Artist Profile - Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt are Providence, Rhode Island based duo of Brian Chippendale and Brian Gibson, well-known for their electryfing shows and music, which according to All Music Guide, sounds like a combination of Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Ruins, Slayer and Ornette Coleman, all thrown into a blender.

Band members met when they attended Rhode Island School Of Design in 1994 and initially included Hisham Bharoocha, who eventually left in 1996 and joined Black Dice. Their only track recorded with Bharoocha was “Revenge”, a track from 1996 Load Records compilation “Repopulation Program”.

For a number of years they were touring as an improvisational group, but after being approached by Load Records founder Ben McOsker, they started recording an album.

All in all, they produced a number of albums (1997 self-titled album, 2001 “Ride The Skies”, 2003 “Wonderful Rainbow” and 2005 “Hypermagic Mountain” ), a number of splits/singles and compilation tracks. They also produced a DVD called “The Power Of Salad”, which includes interviews with band members and live footage.

Band Members:

Brian Chippendale (Mindflayer, Black Pus)

Brian Gibson

Former Members:

Hisham Bharoocha (Black Dice, Pixeltan)


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