Brian Chippendale

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Brian Chippendale
Birth name Brian Chippendale
Born 22 July 1973 (age 41)
New York City, New York
Origin Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Genres Experimental rock, experimental, avant-garde, noise rock, noise punk, noise, psychedelic rock, neo-psychedelia, art rock, post-punk, electronic, electronic rock, ambient, free improvisation, musique concrète, lo-fi
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer, collage musician, comic, comic book creator, sculptor, art collage artist
Instruments Drums, vocals, collage instruments
Years active 1994–present
Labels Thrill Jockey, Load Records, Corleone, Bulb, Ooo Mau Mau
Associated acts Lightning Bolt, Black Pus, Mindflayer, Matt Brinkman, Forcefield, Wizardzz, Megasus, Netmen, Brian Gibson, Black Dice, Hisham Bharoocha, Brian Ralph
Notable instruments
Ludwig-Musser Supraphoni snare drums, DW 9000 kick pedals, Sabian 20" ride cymbals, Zildjian 20" Ping ride cymbals, Zildjian "Absolute Rock" blunt-end drumsticks, REMO pinstripe drumheads, Line 6 delay pedals, Line 6 DL-4 delay modelers, Boss SD-1 Overdrive pedals, Morley Wah pedal, Boss OC-3 Super Octave pedals, Death By Audio Interstellar Overdriver pedals, BIAS Coron DS-7 drum synthesizer, DigiTech Whammy pedals, drum contact microphones ran through effects processors

Brian Chippendale (born 1973 in New York City, New York) is a musician and artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. He is best known as the drummer and vocalist for the experimental noise rock band Lightning Bolt.


Lightning Bolt is best known for their dynamic and often hodge-podge, lo-fi setups. Chippendale does, however, have a fairly consistent equipment set-up during live performances:[1]

Drum setup[edit]


As a vocalist for Lightning Bolt and Mindflayer, Chippendale eschews the usual microphone stand and conventional microphone, instead using a contact microphone. This microphone is then run through an effects processor to alter the sound further. Chippendale often warbles or makes nonsensical sounds into the microphone, so the vocals typically come out extremely distorted and incomprehensible. More recently, Chippendale has used a Line 6 delay pedal to delay and repeat his vocals while drumming.[2]


  • Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler (two when performing as Black Pus)
  • Boss SD-1 Overdrive pedal
  • Morley Wah pedal
  • Boss OC-3 Super Octave Pedal
  • Death By Audio Interstellar Overdriver Pedal – used to add noise to drums
  • BIAS Coron DS-7 Drum Synth – a simple drum-synth module attached to bass drum

DigiTech Whammy pedal when performing as Black Pus

Comics, Sculpture, Painting, etc[edit]

Aside from music, Chippendale is also a prolific comic-book artist. He's created the album art for all Lightning Bolt releases to date[3] and draws a number of other, usually one-shot comics.

In October 2006, Chippendale released his long-awaited Ninja comic book, an art book and comic that incorporates simple action comics he drew as a child with more surreal work drawn as an adult.[4] In 2007 he released Maggots, which was drawn ten years previously but had never been released. Maggots is drawn over a Japanese book catalog, so Japanese characters appear in all the spaces that aren't inked in by his pen.[5] His latest graphic novel is called "If n' Oof".

Chippendale participated as drummer 77 in the Boredoms 77 Boadrum performance which occurred on July 7, 2007 at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn.

Chippendale performed drums on Björk's 2007 album Volta.[6] He also did a remix for Björk's single "Declare Independence" under the alias Black Pus.

In June 2010 an exhibit Fruiting Bodies of Chippendale's artwork opened at the Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn.[7] Since May 2011, Chippendale has published a monthly comic in Mothers News, a monthly newspaper published in Providence, RI.

Selected Discography[edit]

Lightning Bolt[edit]

Black Pus[edit]

  • Black Pus 1 (2005)
  • Black Pus 2 (2006)
  • Black Pus 3: Metamorpus (2006)
  • Black Pus 4: All Aboard the Magic Pus (2008)
  • Black Pus Zero: Ultimate Beat Off (2009)
  • Primordial Pus (2011)
  • Pus Mortem (2012)
  • All My Relations (2013)
  • Black Pus split LP with Oozing Wound (2014)


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  2. ^ Licht, Alan (2005-01-12). "Lightning Bolt". The Wire #262. The Wire Archive. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  3. ^ Sisario, ben (2004-12-02). "The Art of Noise". Spin. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ Wolk, Douglas (Feb 14, 2010). "Ninja". Salon. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Maggots by Brian Chippendale". Review. MadInkBeard. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Volta is the name and the date is...". 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  7. ^ "2010 Brian Chippendale". Cinders Gallery. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 

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