It’s been six years since the last new Lightning Bolt material, so let’s recap. Two shy comic-book obsessives from Rhode Island shun the stage, set up in the thick of the crowd, and make a drums-and-bass racket that sounds like a Neanderthal punch-up. ‘Fantasy Empire’ is the first album the pair have made in a conventional studio, although if it polishes their sound, it’s by a small increment. No matter: the rough grain is pretty much the point, opener ‘The Metal East’ spraying from your speakers like wood from a chipper. Drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale’s delirious sing-song brings notes of fancy to tracks like ‘Dream Genie’, but Lightning Bolt’s aim remains simple: to batter you into ecstatic submission.
Lightning Bolt – ‘Fantasy Empire’
The cult Rhode Island duo return as rough and ready as ever