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 Oct. 11th 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 an 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 breakbeats as his distorted, looped, and echoing vocals weave more melody into the mayhem. Amidst the fray, there has always been shreds of 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 to reveal the naked pop forms as never before.