52 Church street
MA, 02138

Lightning Bolt – Tickets – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA – April 1st, 2018

Lightning Bolt

Bowery Boston and Boston Hassle presents

Lightning Bolt


Sun, April 1, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$13 advance / $15 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM.

Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
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 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 noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first 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.

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 record, Chippendale and Gibson make use of live loops and complete separation of the instruments during recording to maximize the sonic pandemonium and power. Gibson worked with Machines very carefully to get a clear yet still distorted and intense bass sound, allowing listeners to truly absorb the detail and dynamic range he displays, from the heaviest thud to the subtle melodic embellishments. Some of these songs have been in the band's live repertoire since as early as 2010, and have been refined in front of audiences for maximum impact. 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.

Fantasy Empire has been in gestation for four years, with some songs having been recorded on lo-fi equipment before ultimately being scrapped. Since Early Delights was released, 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. Chippendale, an accomplished comic artist and illustrator, created the Fantasy Empire's subtly ominous album art, and will release an upcoming book of his comics through respected imprint Drawn and Quarterly. 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 the US in 2015.
Glockabelle is Annabelle Cazes. She plays two Casio VL-Tones, a
lyre-shaped glockenspiel with eight thimbles and sings in both French
and English. Her wild sound stems from a combination of inspiration
and circumstance. Born to Francophone parents, she was educated both
stateside and in France. After discovering the sound of the vintage
Casio VL-Tone, Glockabelle began blending her classical piano
techniques with modern synth-pop sounds resulting in a dance-rock
pandemonium of rhythm and tone. She also developed a unique approach
to playing the glockenspiel not with mallets but with eight sewing

In 2008 Glockabelle toured with Fiery Furnaces, landing her a set at
the Bonnaroo Music Festival. In 2010, she composed an original piece
for the Paris Cinema Festival which was broadcasted in both French
Cinemas and on national television. She has appeared on the Chris
Gethard Show, the BJ Rubin Show, WFMU, performed at Art Basel Miami,
opened for James Chance and Marnie Stern and performed with Shy Child
at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The New York Times said of her
performance at Bonnaroo, “Technique in action: The glockenspiel has a
new heyday in indie-rock, following a lineage from Phil Spector
through the E Street Band through U2’s first album to the Arcade Fire.
But I haven’t seen one played the way the Fiery Furnaces did: not with
mallets, but with thimbles on fingertips. That can make for more
simultaneous notes, more busy metallic pling.”

In 2015, Glockabelle was a featured vocalist on the Go! Team's album
The Scene Between with the song "Catch Me on the Rebound."

She released her 'Wolf BBQ' EP in May 2015, which was hailed by SPIN
as "Anarchic Enchantment" and the A.V. Club as "[showcasing] her
art-punk, synth-pop provocateur music with gleeful abandon, while
still highlighting her exquisite musicianship".

In June 2015, she toured Europe opening for the Go! Team and in
September 2015, she performed at the Toronto International Film
Festival as her playing was featured an official festival selection,
"Concerning the Bodyguard."

She plans to release her first album in 2016.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138

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