Terrastock, Providence Photo by Minoru Tsuyuki

Terrastock, Providence Photo by Minoru Tsuyuki

The new Lightning Bolt track shows that the band has taken a departure from their previous place in the noise scene. While the elements are still there: spastic, intense drumming, fuzzed-out bass and distorted vocals, what is new is the simplistic and, dare i say, poppy, song structure. Bassist Brian Gibson on the new track off the upcoming album (called Earthly Delights, out on Oct. 13) is playing a little more directly here- his part is repetitive and has a driving bass line feel to it. Whereas earlier LB songs had the bass acting as a guitar, here its just acting as a bass. Brian Chippendale’s drumming and mask-singing (he has a microphone inside his mouth under there) is pretty consistent. He is really sick. In a good way.

Don’t get me wrong, I still like this, it makes me feel craaaaazy. But I don’t think this track stands up against the more bizarre stuff the band has done before. It’s just not as interesting. But it’s also more than just noise, duh.

Lightning Bolt: Colossus

Lightning Bolt: Colossus

UPDATE: tour dates:
08/29 New Haven,CT TBA
08/30 Brooklyn, NY 979 Broadway Backyard
08/31 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
09/05 Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest Presents Save Our State Parks!