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Off to The Garage tomorrow to see these guys, friend recommends them. They've not come up on my radar. Any good?

tolstoy (tolstoy), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 08:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Try the Search function. There've been some threads about these guys.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 08:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Sorry. It'd be useful if 'search' was at the top of the page we're I might remember it exists.

tolstoy (tolstoy), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 09:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Yep! There's 'some threads' there.

Must try harder.

Must try harder.

Must try harder.

tolstoy (tolstoy), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 09:33 (fourteen years ago) link

good suggestion though,.

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 09:34 (fourteen years ago) link

they're really damn good. bass / drums duo. insane. complicated stuff, but dosn't come accross as contrived or overly technical crap. there's alot of room for movement. from what i hear (i live in australia, so i haven't had a chance to see them), they're extremely loud live...enjoy it.

Shaun Leacy (cassettessac), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 10:32 (fourteen years ago) link

It's been difficult in the past 5 (10? 15?) years to find bands a) doing something fresh + exciting, b) doing something fresh + exciting that's also compelling. Lightning Bolt are a standout in the category. Their sound can get a little same-y but they've taken it a lot further then I thought they could've, so props to them.

They have a unique way of "taking the stage" so don't blow off the band playing before them.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I wanted to go to the Luminaire on May 28th, but it is SOLD OUT. I think they are an EXCITING GROUP.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, seems I'm not going to see them tomorrow now as sold out at both dates. (sigh)

tolstoy (tolstoy), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Sorry. It'd be useful if 'search' was at the top of the page [where] I might remember it exists.

-- tolstoy (giveitupso...), May 17th, 2006.

This is totally OTM.

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Yup, yer right spelling mistake.

tolstoy (tolstoy), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:44 (fourteen years ago) link

i hear the "noise board" knows something about this musical recording group

late to the bloom to the er (latebloomer), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:49 (fourteen years ago) link

But your idea is good, for real. It happens over and over again -- relatively new poster comes to the board, starts a thread, everyone jumps on them for being redundant, the person didn't know about the search function. (xpost)

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Ideally it should be located on a raised button, cycle through 11 different colour schemes whilst flashing and rotating. A mild electric shock could perhaps be transmitted through the mouse via javascripting also.

fandango (fandango), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:54 (fourteen years ago) link

The idea of moving it up top has been discussed and will probably be implemented. In the meantime, pardon our sarcasm if people do not take the time to read.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:55 (fourteen years ago) link

On top of the page? Are you guys all seeing a different version? Mine IS at the top of the page. You know, where it has that field with the dropdowns and the GO button...
My problem is that search often craps out or won't index things properly, so I miss the threads that I'm looking for...

js (honestengine), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:57 (fourteen years ago) link

"By checking this box, I guarantee that I have sufficiently used the search function to avoid redundancy before posting this thread. I waive my right to not be mercilessly made fun of if this is a duplicate thread."

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:59 (fourteen years ago) link

On top of the page? Are you guys all seeing a different version? Mine IS at the top of the page. You know, where it has that field with the dropdowns and the GO button...

That has to be added in your personal settings, it doesn't show up by default.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:01 (fourteen years ago) link

We could just put it at the top of the "Ask a Question" screen. So when people go to start a new thread, there could be a little message, "Would you like to search for this topic first?"

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Actually looking back through some of those old Lightning Bolt threads is kind of amusing. I like the one where Tom Breihan says that LB is making all other rock music irrelevant.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I like the idea of a little ILX wizard assistant thingy. Of course it would look like Ned.

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:05 (fourteen years ago) link

What would you like to do?

-- search the archives ;)
-- start a new thread :-)
-- troll the board *bemused*

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I always find that just going to Google and searching for "band x" + "ilm" works about as good as using the search (obviously some things aren't indexed or whatever) and a good deal quicker(I always find the search on here quite slow).

jimnaseum doof-doof, Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:44 (fourteen years ago) link

The Search page does have a "search using Google" option. That's what I always use, since it's a lot faster than the ILX search function. (And it's less likely to "poxy fule" the boards)

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 13:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm going to see them tonight, touch wood. Although this "sold out" business sounds ominous.

Action Tim Vision (noodle vague), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 14:12 (fourteen years ago) link

I probably won't do this on ILM again, but if you are sufficiently dedicated I'm putting them on in Cardiff next Monday, with Volcano!, I'm Being Good, Truckers of Husk and DJ Scotch Egg. It isn't sold out. Yet.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 15:26 (fourteen years ago) link

although the garage gig is supposedly sold out, seetickets are now selling tickets to it again...

toby (tsg20), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 16:35 (fourteen years ago) link


JW (ex machina), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 16:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for the info, Toby.

tolstoy (tolstoy), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 16:52 (fourteen years ago) link

the thing that's distracting about this band is that the drummer/singer is constantly readjusting his facemask.

completely blows it for me.

also, what does OTM mean

jonathon, Wednesday, 17 May 2006 22:27 (fourteen years ago) link

volcano! were great. Lightning Bolt were grrrrrrrrrrreat. I have headbanger's neck.

Hi fandango! Hope you enjoyed it too. I got talking to some mates I haven't seen for ages; will give you a shout some time if you fancy some beers.

Seriously guys, it was wasome.

Action Tim Vision (noodle vague), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 23:06 (fourteen years ago) link

strangely I don't feel able to sleep just yet =) *kkreeaaaggnnnudududdadnnnang*

I'm still not fussed enough to pick up their records personally but they definitely know how to rock, check them out in your town! etcetera.

email (my ilx thing works) sometime yeah. Nice to meet you, didn't mean to slip off without saying bye or anything.

fandango (fandango), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 23:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Well it all got a bit frenetic, innit?

The drummer's mask was scarily Hulk Hogan.

Action Tim Vision (noodle vague), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 23:38 (fourteen years ago) link

bring ear plugs.

astronautagogo (astronautagogo), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 23:51 (fourteen years ago) link

i would love to see these guys.

Christopher Costello (CGC), Thursday, 18 May 2006 00:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Tinnitus still whistling along nicely. Apparently a kebab shop blew up just down the road last night. I didn't hear anything.

Action Tim Vision (noodle vague), Thursday, 18 May 2006 07:15 (fourteen years ago) link

The videos on their site are pretty funny. Looks mad, looking forward to it, keep you posted.

The Google bar jobbie works for me.

This is why I sometimes question the no new thread shoutdowns, we've bounced along nicely here tippy toeing across a couple of useful topics and brought all manner of happiness and knowledge to all.

Keep tapping them keys.

tolstoy (tolstoy), Thursday, 18 May 2006 07:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Bugger, I would have gone to that gig if I'd known they started selling tickets again, I thought it was sold out. Oh well.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 18 May 2006 09:02 (fourteen years ago) link

OTM = Open-Toed Moccasin. HTH.

Shoes say, yeah, no hands clap your good bra. (goodbra), Thursday, 18 May 2006 09:13 (fourteen years ago) link

what does OTM mean?

Glad someone else asked this question, not sure about the answer though!

tolstoy (tolstoy), Thursday, 18 May 2006 12:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Are you the same Jody Beth Rosen...

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Thursday, 18 May 2006 12:44 (fourteen years ago) link

OTM = on the money / on the mark / on the meth

Edward III (edward iii), Thursday, 18 May 2006 12:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Heart pills. Check.
Spare T-shirt. Check.
Trainers. Check
Bottle of water x2. Check.
Tattoos. Check.

Here goes...

tolstoy (tolstoy), Thursday, 18 May 2006 16:29 (fourteen years ago) link

wow. that might just have been the best gig i've ever seen them play! i think i'm getting too old for this shit, though. certainly too old to see them 4 times in the next week, despite having the tickets to do so...

toby (tsg20), Thursday, 18 May 2006 20:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I got in tonight! I was on the train home from work reading the Metro and it said they were playing tonight with the Magik Markers so I thought I might as well see if I can get in, they had 20 tickets left on the door! I love last minute gigs. Helps if you live on a direct bus route from the Garage though.

The Magik Markers played about 40 minutes of almost constant noise, no pauses whatsoever. Then just "Thanks, we're the Magik Markers, Lightning Bolt is next". That 40 minutes seemed to be half the time though.

Lightning Bolt were fucking amazing. First time I've seen them, I have to say they weren't _quite_ as loud as I thought they might be, although of course they were fucking loud. Not Dinosaur Jr/MBV/Motorhead loud though. The drummer moved his whole drum kit out into the middle of the audience towards the end of their set! The noise that they get out of a bass guitar is incredible.

Woo! Now I'm all hyper and it's midnight and I have to go to stupid work tomorrow. Bugger.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 18 May 2006 22:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Heh! That was good.

"UP AGAINST THE WALL!" He's a bossy bastard isn't he? Lost a good half stone there in sweat. I loved the dragging of drum kit into the audience. He's amazing to watch, staring right into peoples faces whilst pummeling the kit, I guess that's where the energy comes from.

My only complaint is people standing next to you stock still in a mosh pit trying to get pictures on their stupid phones.


tolstoy (tolstoy), Thursday, 18 May 2006 22:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah the picture taking was annoying. I couldn't get close enough to actually see them!

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 18 May 2006 22:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Jesus Christ I thought you meant the Metro in Chicago and I almost went into cardiac arrest

Roque Strew (RoqueStrew), Thursday, 18 May 2006 23:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Lightning Bolt gigs are too intense for me. Saw them in London in December. Made me feel physically sick. I was about 30cm away from them tbh.

Dwight Yorke, Sunday, 21 March 2010 22:41 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

Yeah the album fuckin' RULES.

alpine static, Monday, 9 March 2015 04:49 (five years ago) link


j., Monday, 9 March 2015 05:00 (five years ago) link

Absolutely fantastic record. Synthesizes so much of what made Lightning Bolt and the whole Load Records/Fort Thunder scene great in the first place.

Now...record another Wizardzz LP!

Tomás Piñon (Ryan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:30 (five years ago) link

What, no love for Mindflayer?

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:36 (five years ago) link

fresh sounds. can't wait to see them

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:37 (five years ago) link

gonna listen to this and 'close to the edge' today, they are spirit-brohters

j., Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:17 (five years ago) link

Oh, that's interesting. A guy I knew from grad school posted Fragile on his FB yesterday, saying that he put it on after he tired of this album.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:54 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

man this kicks off with a bang

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:17 (five years ago) link

their best record imo

nostormo, Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:16 (five years ago) link

so excited to see them next week... only chance i ever got was at p4k fest and it was in the middle of the day and they were playing on a huge stage and it was kinda weird for them

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 16 April 2015 14:28 (five years ago) link

Lightning Bolt live is one of those experiences that kinda transcends (in the right room) whatever preconceptions you might have of what it is gonna be like. They just steamroll reality right the fuck out of the way and all that is left is the totality of Lightning Bolt. Well, LB and all the spasming humans unable to help themselves from moving along to the music but not quite being able to figure out how to do so.

grandavis, Thursday, 16 April 2015 14:33 (five years ago) link

hell yes

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:03 (five years ago) link

Yeah, it is a thing of beauty indeed.

grandavis, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:17 (five years ago) link

can't wait to see them in May

the late great, Thursday, 16 April 2015 21:33 (five years ago) link

saw them opening for Boredoms once. Orgasm.

nostormo, Thursday, 16 April 2015 21:38 (five years ago) link

I saw RUINS at the same club a while ago... interested to see how LB stacks up

the late great, Thursday, 16 April 2015 21:45 (five years ago) link

Most recently I saw them play a Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe. Towards the end of the set me and my wife left and went across the street to relax for a minute (it was crushingly sweaty/crowded) and it was still too loud to talk to face to face.

They're playing Neumos in Seattle, which I am not too excited about- every loud show I've seen there lately is just so blown out sounding.

Tomás Piñon (Ryan), Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:00 (five years ago) link

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:06 (five years ago) link

ruins were so loud that it affected my vision at one point, expect the same from LB

the late great, Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:06 (five years ago) link

xp hey i was probably there coz that's someone i used to see at gigs in glasgow all the time. if i had been photographed i'd probably have looked equally dour, genetics innit

cis-het shitlord (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:19 (five years ago) link

Arms in air guy looks like ILXor onimo, p sure it isn't.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Friday, 17 April 2015 08:41 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

damn it, forgot about this and it sold out

the late great, Wednesday, 6 May 2015 06:50 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

j., Friday, 27 November 2015 20:57 (four years ago) link

i was just listening to this album again yesterday. it's very very good

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 28 November 2015 03:31 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

solo album from Brian Gibson!

Brian Gibson, bassist for the ballistic duo Lightning Bolt, makes his solo debut on Thumper, approaching the rhythmic violence his music is known for with a propensity for tense, electronic thrusts, pulsing synth swells, and symphonic bursts. Drawing from music originally created for the hit video game of the same name that Gibson created the art and music for, the album takes the listener on a trek through trans-dimensional journey where the brutality of the music’s momentum is equally entrancing. Despite the presence of lush, even soothing tones, the tensions that blossom from each track overwhelm the senses to invigorating effect.

flappy bird, Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:48 (three years ago) link

You shouldn't put too much stock into what breathless press releases say but that makes it sound amazing. Hope it's good.

ultros ultros-ghali, Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:55 (three years ago) link

two years pass...


this is a categorical banger.

ogmor, Monday, 23 September 2019 20:24 (one year ago) link

Oh hell yeah, look forward to checking this! Seems like a shout out to old label / tour mates USAisaMonster also. Maybe they will get convinced to make another record as well ....

grandavis, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 15:15 (one year ago) link

can't get over that wailing. 2019 is ripe for lightning bolt

ogmor, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 15:26 (one year ago) link

Fantasy Empire was so good ... their best ever, imo, though I imagine that's not the consensus. Anyway, looking forward to this.

alpine static, Tuesday, 24 September 2019 15:38 (one year ago) link

I'm not quite sure I'd go as far as best ever, but it was absolutely fantastic and just as good as the high points of the initial run. Really looking forward to this new one.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 15:41 (one year ago) link

Sounds like Lightning...Blues? Definitely one of the most straightforwardly riffy things I've heard them do.

icy bike chain rain (zchyrs), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:22 (one year ago) link

recent Brooklyn show was a real ripper, despite kinda bougie warehouse venue space:

fits, Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:25 (one year ago) link

ugh sorry for bad formatting

fits, Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:25 (one year ago) link

Got the new album in the mail, haven't listened yet. Yes?

flappy bird, Sunday, 6 October 2019 22:39 (eleven months ago) link

it slays, maybe my favorite one yet on contact, maximum riffage

Simon H., Friday, 11 October 2019 18:19 (eleven months ago) link

one of the great american rock bands

na (NA), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:20 (eleven months ago) link

Can't believe these dudes have been this intense for 25 years

icy bike chain rain (zchyrs), Friday, 11 October 2019 23:18 (eleven months ago) link

they're playing Desert Daze pretty late on Sunday so might hafta miss em

DT, Friday, 11 October 2019 23:56 (eleven months ago) link

yeah I listened it's awesome

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:00 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

They were *so* good last night and the crowd had so much wild energy. No idea where Chippendale gets his stamina from.

icy bike chain rain (zchyrs), Friday, 6 December 2019 13:56 (nine months ago) link

I’ll never get to watch Lightning Bolt play live :(


global tetrahedron, Friday, 6 December 2019 14:25 (nine months ago) link


icy bike chain rain (zchyrs), Friday, 6 December 2019 14:52 (nine months ago) link

Dude is hilarious; at one point he took out his phone and took a selfie with the crowd in the background and was like "yeah, that's a good one!" When they came out for the encore he started talking about eating bananas and the crowd ended up chanting "POTASSI-UM! "POTASSI-UM!"

icy bike chain rain (zchyrs), Friday, 6 December 2019 14:53 (nine months ago) link

this might be that selfie:

alpine static, Friday, 6 December 2019 20:31 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Listening to SONIC CITADEL finally and zomg why did I stop following these guys?

Camina Burana Drummer (Leee), Thursday, 9 January 2020 18:16 (eight months ago) link

chippendale has a new band with ty segall

na (NA), Thursday, 9 January 2020 18:26 (eight months ago) link

I see people are talking about the Philly date.
I reviewed it and I hope I did the band justice.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:34 (eight months ago) link

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