Lightning Bolt release their new song “Hüsker Dön’t” new album Sonic Citadel out 11 Oct

October 2, 2019
Lightning Bolt by Scott Alario

Lightning Bolt share defiantly poppy new single, “Hüsker Dön’t”:

New album Sonic Citadel out 11 October

Lightning Bolt touring throughout the fall

“You’d think a quarter of a century of pummelling noise rock exercised just through drums, bass and largely inaudible vocals would have its limits, but Lightning Bolt continue to spark”  Uncut

“The band continues to bleed rainbows.” – NPR

“Still the gold standard for controlled chaos” – Loud & Quiet

Lightning Bolt’s new single from forthcoming album Sonic Citadel, “Hüsker Dön’t,” features defiantly poppy sounds and bass work from Brian Gibson and some of drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale’s clearest and most personal lyrics. According to Chippendale, “The lyrics are a sort of letter from beyond the grave to my son. I thought it would be a cool thing for him to discover later on. An Easter egg. Just a love letter.”

Over their career, the incomparable sounds of Chippendale and Gibson have been built on the ebb and flow between the power of raw, unbridled simplicity and a boundless, childlike sense of wonder. Sonic Citadel marks the duo’s most varied and diverse work since their seminal album Wonderful Rainbow (recently reissued on Thrill Jockey), exploring a large breadth of emotions between and within each song. Gibson and 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.

Following Sonic Citadel’s release on 11 October, Lightning Bolt will be touring throughout Europe and the US this fall, including sets at Le Guess Who? Festival and Desert Daze with more dates to be announced. The duo’s Load Records back catalog will be reissued by Thrill Jockey throughout 2019 and 2020.

“Hüsker Dön’t” lyrics:
Hey hey heyThere will come a day
When I gotta take the van alone
To the other side
Deep into the sun
I will roll
So you gonna have ta hold it down
my dear son
How and where and when who can say
Just take some time to cry
And then get back on track
You are on a road
To a better day
Don’t be a minotaur
Trapped in a mazeAnd hey, if you work it out
You can build a time machine
Drop in to say hello
I’ll be waiting on the side of the sun
Oh yeah
We’ll crank the stereo
Take a tour around
While we’re out on the town
We can travel back
See all the dinosaurs
Maybe jump up on one
Piggy back the dragon lord
Abuba [“piggyback” in Korean]
Before the clock kicks in
In the glow of the first sunrise
Let’s go!

Lightning Bolt EU/UK tour dates
5 Nov – Metz, FR – Trinitaires ^
6 Nov – Koln, DE – Gebaeude9 ^
7 Nov – Dunkerque, FR – Skatepark ^
8 Nov – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival ^
10 Nov – Brussels, BE – Atelier Claus ^
11 Nov – Brussels, BE – Atelier Claus ^
12 Nov – London, UK – The Underworld ^
13 Nov – London, UK – The Underworld ^
14 Nov – Bristol, UK – Trinity ^
15 Nov – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club ^
16 Nov – Glasgow, UK – Studio Warehouse – SWG3 ^

^ w/ DJ Fugvel Og Geimskip

Lightning Bolt US tour dates
13 Oct – Moreno Valley, CA – Desert Daze
4 Dec – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
5 Dec – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
6 Dec – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
7 Dec – Brooklyn, NY – Pioneer Works

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