Brian Chippendale

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Brian Chippendale
Birth nameBrian Chippendale
Born (1973-07-22) July 22, 1973 (age 46)
Newburgh, New York
OriginProvidence, Rhode Island, United States
GenresExperimental music,
noise rock
comic book artist,
poster art
InstrumentsDrums, vocals
Years active1994–present
LabelsThrill Jockey, Load Records, Corleone, Bulb, Ooo Mau Mau
Associated actsLightning Bolt, Mindflayer, Björk, Black Pus, Boredoms

Brian Chippendale (born July 22, 1973)[1] is an American musician and artist, known as the drummer and vocalist for the experimental noise rock band Lightning Bolt and for his graphic art.[2] Chippendale is based in Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Chippendale was born 22 July 1973 in Newburgh, New York and was raised in a suburb near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3][4][5] Chippendale is also an artist and attended printmaking classes at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the late 1990s through 2000, but did not graduate.[6][7]


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.[8]

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.[9] He also did a remix for Björk's single "Declare Independence" under the alias Black Pus.

Graphic art[edit]

Chippendale created the album art for all Lightning Bolt releases.[10] In October 2006, Chippendale released the comic book Ninja, an art book and comic that incorporates simple action comics he drew as a child with more surreal work drawn as an adult.[11] 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 are not inked in by his pen.[12] His next graphic novel, "If n' Oof", was published on 30 June 2010.

In June 2010 an exhibit Fruiting Bodies of Chippendale's artwork opened at the Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn.[13] Since May 2011, Chippendale has published a monthly comic in Mothers News, a monthly newspaper published in Providence, Rhode Island.

In February 2016, Chippendale published another graphic novel with Drawn and Quarterly entitled Puke Force. In 2016, an article entitled "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time" in Rolling Stone magazine ranked Brian Chippendale as number 91.[14]

Chippendale currently shares a large industrial studio space in Providence with his wife, Jungil Hong, which they call the "Hilarious Attic".[15][16] Chippendale and Hong have a son.[2]

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)


  • 77Boadrum (2007)


  1. ^ a b "Black Pus". NTS Radio. Retrieved 2019-02-01. Brian Chippendale (born July 22, 1973) is a musician and artist based out of Providence, Rhode Island.
  2. ^ a b Reynolds, Janet (2017-12-28). "Brian Chippendale: Drummer, Graphic Artist & More". Take Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-01. While at school, Chippendale met his wife, Korean-American artist Jungil Hong, who was studying ceramics. “We produced a pretty cute little kid,” Chippendale says. “So far, he’s gotten the best of us.”
  3. ^ James-Wilson, Matthew (Fall 2017). "Brian Chippendale". FORGE. Issue 18: Sacrifice. p. 79. Retrieved 2019-02-01 – via Issu.
  4. ^ "Brian Chippendale". Modern Drummer Magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-01. He studied saxophone growing up near Philadelphia
  5. ^ "Brian Chippendale". NetWorks Rhode Island. 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2019-02-01. Born in 1973, Brian Chippendale grew up around the Philadelphia area.
  6. ^ "Printmaking". Our RISD. 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  7. ^ "Collection: Brian Chippendale". RISD Museum. Retrieved 2019-02-01. Brian Chippendale, b. 1973, American, (RISD student, 1991-2000)
  8. ^ Licht, Alan (2005-01-12). "Lightning Bolt". The Wire #262. The Wire Archive. Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  9. ^ "Volta is the name and the date is..." 2007-03-02. Archived from the original on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  10. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004-12-02). "The Art of Noise". Spin. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
  11. ^ Wolk, Douglas (Feb 14, 2010). "Ninja". Salon. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Maggots by Brian Chippendale". Review. MadInkBeard. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  13. ^ "2010 Brian Chippendale". Cinders Gallery. Archived from the original on 8 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  14. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R.; Dolan, Jon; Diehl, Matt; Micallef, Ken; Ma, David; Smith, Gareth Dylan; Wang, Oliver; Heller, Jason; Runtagh, Jordan (2016-03-31). "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time". Rolling Stone magazine. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  15. ^ Cougy, Jean Luc. "Providence. Fracas psychédélique au MIAM". En revenant de l'expo ! (in French). Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  16. ^ "Down the Rabbit Hole with Brian Chippendale". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2016-02-08.

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