March 24, 2018
Doors Open: 8:00 PM
Over the course of its two-decade existence, Lightning Bolt
has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable
ways. The duo broke the barrier between stage and audience
by setting themselves up on the oor in the midst of the
crowd. Their momentous live performances and the mania
they inspired paved the way for similar tactics used by Dan Deacon and literally hundreds of others. Similarly, the band’s recordings have always been chaotic, roaring, blown out documents that sound like they could destroy even the toughest set of speakers. Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt’s sixth album and rst in ve years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has de ned not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many rsts, most notably their rst recordings made using hi- recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their rst album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson are playing just a few feet away, using the clarity afforded by the studio to amplify the intensity they project. Every frantic drum hit, every fuzzed-out riff, sounds more present and tangible than ever before.