Lightning Bolt - Fantasy empire


17.01.2015 - 12:32

Lightning Bolt sign to Thrill Jockey

Noise rock legend's new album 'Fantasy Empire' out on 27th March

Their first full album in five years.

Be prepared... noise rock's most ferociously savage duo are back with a planned new album and label home.

Over the course of its two-decade existence, Lightning Bolt (drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson) has revolutionised underground rock in immeasurable ways. The duo broke the barrier between stage and audience by setting themselves up on the floor 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 first in five years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noise-makers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using proper hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets ( Battles, The Body, Marissa Nadler, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), and their first album for Thrill Jockey Records.

Fantasy Empire is ferocious, consuming, and is a more accurate translation of their live experience. It also shows Lightning Bolt embracing new ways to make their music even stranger. More than any previous album, this one sounds like Chippendale and 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. This is heavy, turbulent music, but it is executed with the precision of musicians that have spent years learning how to create impactful noise through the use of dynamics, melody, and rhythm.

Since their last full album Early Delights was released back in 2009, the band has collaborated with the Flaming Lips multiple times, and continued to tour relentlessly. 2013 saw the release of All My Relations by Black Pus, Chippendale’s solo outlet, which was followed by a split LP with Oozing Wound, and duo record with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier in 2014. Chippendale, an accomplished comic artist/illustrator, created the Fantasy Empire’s subtly ominous album art. Brian Gibson has been developing the new video game Thumper, with his own company Drool, which will be released next year.

And, of course, Lightning Bolt will be touring Europe in 2015.

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For interview requests, Fantasy Empire music and any other press enquiries please contact:

Fantasy Empire will be released on 27th March and will be available on LP, CD and DL.

Fantasy Empire tracklist:

1. The Metal East
2. Over The River And Through The Woods
3. Horsepower
4. King Of My World
5. Mythmaster
6. Runaway Train
7. Leave The Lantern Lit
8. Dream Genie
9. Snow White (& The 7 Dwarves Fans)

Lightning Bolt profile page:

New press shots / album bio / artwork:

Lightning Bolt live @ TAICOCLUB 2014:

The MACHINA of God

25.03.2015 - 23:52



26.03.2015 - 07:46

und vermutlich wieder keine Konzerte in Europe/Deutschland...


26.03.2015 - 09:47

And, of course, Lightning Bolt will be touring Europe in 2015.


27.03.2015 - 11:58

Da bin auch ich mal gespannt!


10.04.2015 - 15:24

So nach den ersten 10 Durchläufen muss ich sagen, dass mir persönlich die "professionelle" Produktion des Albums besser zusagt als die auf den vorherigen Alben. Schönes farbiges Vinyl zudem.

The MACHINA of God

16.10.2015 - 13:37

War "Oblivion hunter" eigentlich kein vollwertiges Album?


16.10.2015 - 19:54

Nein. Archivmaterial aus verschiedenen Sessions. Dennoch sehr gut.

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