Lightning Bolt unveil new single “USA Is A Psycho”
from new album Sonic Citadel, out 11 October
Lightning Bolt touring Europe this autumn, including a set at Le Guess Who Festival? alongside The Bug, Jenny Hval, Moon Duo and more
“The undisputed kings of 21st century noise-rock… deliver some of their catchiest melodies under their trademark Technicolor bulldozer of bass fuzz, vocal distortion and frenetic drumming.” – New York Times
Just under a month out from the release of their new album Sonic Citadel, Lightning Bolt have shared the new single “USA Is A Psycho”. Following the album’s 11 October release date, the legendary duo will be embarking on European and US tours including sets at Desert Daze and Le Guess Who Festival.
Bassist Brian Gibson and drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale again recorded with Seth Manchester at the esteemed Machines With Magnets to capture the abandon of their music with clarity and Gibson’s incredible dynamic range clearly to make the record as visceral an experience as their live performances.
On the single, Chippendale notes:
“I always thought the main riff sounded like a USA Is A Monster riff, another Load Records band we used to tour with a lot, so it’s a shout out to them.”
Lightning Bolt play with abandon that is unmatched and remarkably undiluted since the duo’s formation 25 years ago. They are often hailed as one of the loudest rock outfits in existence, both on record and on (or famously, off) the stage.
Brian Gibson creates sounds that are unexpected and remarkably varied with his virtuosic bass playing and his inventive approach to the instrument, centered around melody rather than rhythm. The dizzying fury of Brian Chippendale’s drums twist from primal patterns into disorienting break beats as his distorted, looped, and echoing vocals weave more melody into the mayhem. Amidst the fray there has always been shreds of a pop songs discernible in the eye of every Lightning Bolt song.
On Sonic Citadel, Gibson and Chippendale have done the daring, stripping away some of the distortion mask to reveal the naked pop forms as never before.
|Lightning Bolt EU/UK tour dates|
Nov. 5 – Metz, FR – Trinitaires ^
Nov. 6 – Koln, DE – Gebaeude9 ^
Nov. 7 – Dunkerque, FR – Skatepark ^
Nov. 8 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival ^
Nov. 10 – Brussels, BE – Atelier Claus ^
Nov. 11 – Brussels, BE – Atelier Claus ^
Nov. 12 – London, UK – The Underworld ^
Nov. 13 – London, UK – The Underworld ^
Nov. 14 – Bristol, UK – Trinity ^
Nov. 15 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club ^
Nov. 16 – Glasgow, UK – Studio Warehouse – SWG3 ^
^ w/ DJ Fugvel Og Geimskip
Lightning Bolt US tour dates
Oct. 13 – Moreno Valley, CA – Desert Daze
Dec. 4 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Dec. 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Dec. 6 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Dec. 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Pioneer Works
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