Over the course of its two-decade existence, Lightning Bolt (drummer Brian Chippendale and bassistBrian 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.
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