Lightning Bolt discography

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Brian Gibson and Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt.

Lightning Bolt is a noise rock duo from Providence, Rhode Island, composed of Brian Chippendale on drums and vocals and Brian Gibson on bass guitar. The group's discography consists of five full-length albums and a number of 7-inch singles and splits. Lightning Bolt have also appeared on numerous compilations, starred in the 2003 tour-DVD The Power of Salad, and performed in DVD compilations such as Pick a Winner (Load Records, 2004) and Sleep When You are Dead by performance artists Mighty Robot (Contact Records, 2007).


Year Details
1999 Lightning Bolt
  • Label: Load (Load #26)
  • Limited edition vinyl of 750 pressings.[1]
  • 50-minute companion cassette titled "Zone" also released.
  • Re-issued on CD with "Zone" included.[1][2]
2001 Ride the Skies
  • Label: Load (Load #31)
  • Released: February 28, 2001
2003 Wonderful Rainbow
  • Label: Load Records (Load #41)
  • Released: March 4, 2003
2005 Hypermagic Mountain
  • Label: Load (Load #78)
  • Released: October 18, 2005
2009 Earthly Delights
  • Label: Load
  • Released: October 13, 2009
2012 Oblivion Hunter
  • Label: Load
  • Released: September 25, 2012
2015 Fantasy Empire
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Released: March 24, 2015


Rumors have persisted concerning the release of an improvisational album entitled Frenzy.[3][4][5] A post on Lightning Bolt's official website in early 2004 read "The next Lightning Bolt album, Frenzy, is currently in the works over at Load Records. It is expected to be available at the end of the summer."[6] No further word was given, and the next Lightning Bolt album released was Hypermagic Mountain in 2005. In an early 2007 interview, Chippendale said "When it comes to weird improv stuff, sometimes we're just at a weird stalemate."[4] No official word has since been released.

7-inch records[edit]

Year Release details
1997 Split
2000 "Conan"
  • Label: Load Records (Load #29)
  • Also known as Tour 7"
2006 Ultra Cross Vol. 1

DVD / video[edit]

Year Video details
2003 The Power of Salad
  • Label: Load Records (Load #40)
  • Directed by Peter Glantz and Nick Noe

Appearances on compilations[edit]

Year Title Track(s) Label Other
1996 Repopulation Program "Revenge" Load Records
1999 Fruited Other Surfaces "LB.3.K6K3GU3.GO" Vermiform Records
You're Soaking in It "Diet of Grapes and Nuts" Load Records
2000 Bad Music for Bad People "Rotata-ville" Trash Art!
Mish Mash Mush Mega Mix Vol. 3 "Race Back to Earth" Fort Thunder
2001 U.S. Pop Life Vol. 7: Random Access
Music Machine
"Untitled" Contact Records
KFJC Live from the Devil's Triangle Vol. III "Untitled" KFJC
Real Slow Radio "Jam at the Parlor" Fort Thunder
Old Tyme Lemonade "Swarm" Hospital Productions
  • Chippendale side-project Mindflayer also appears.
Troubleman Mix-Tape "Waiting for the Snake Assassin" Troubleman Unlimited Records
Mish Mash Mush Vol. 7 "Luxery Tomb" Fort Thunder
2002 Don't Shoot the Toy Piano Player "13 Monsters" WFMU
If The Twenty-First Century Didn't Exist,
It Would Be Necessary To Invent It
"Ride The Friendly Skies" 5RC
U.S. Pop Life Vol. 12: Random Slice of
Life at Ft. Thunder – Bands Who Played At
"Untitled" Contact Records
2004 Pick a Winner (DVD and CD) Live performance Load Records
2005 I Love Guitar Wolf...Very Much "Planet of the Wolves" Narnack Records
A Benefit For Our Friends
(DMBQ Tribute CD)
"Excitebike" none
2006 Rough Trade Shops: Rock and Roll 1 "Riffwraiths" V2 Records
2007 Ex Drummer "2 Morro Morro Land" Play It Again Sam
The Supermassive Selection CD by Muse "Magic Mountain" New Musical Express
  • CD accompanying NME Magazine, June 16, 2007.
Sleep When You are Dead
by Mighty Robot (DVD)[9]
Live performance Contact Records
Cue the Bugle Turbulent
(The 2007 Believer Music Issue CD)
"Deceiver" The Believer


Year Title Track(s) Label Other
2011 The Flaming Lips 2011 #7: The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt (4-song 12" vinyl EP) 4-songs co-written and performed with The Flaming Lips Warner Bros./Lovely Sorts of Death

Lightning Bolt has also collaborated with numerous bands in a live setting, notably Sonic Youth. Bootleg recordings of many songs have been circulated though none have been officially released.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lightning Bolt". Load Records. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Lightning Bolt - Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  3. ^ Strew, Rogue (October 24, 2005). "Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Gornick, Matt (January 19, 2007). "A bolt of guerilla noise". Washington Square News. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Lightning Bolt: Head Nothing, Heart Everything". Tiny Mix Tapes. February 14, 2007. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Lightning Bolt - News". Lightning Bolt. Archived from the original on April 6, 2004. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  7. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (December 5, 2006). "Interview: Brian Chippendale". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 21, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Lightning Bolt - Biography". Gold Star Public Relations. Archived from the original on November 8, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  9. ^ Thompson, Paul (May 31, 2007). "Liars, Lightning Bolt, Oneida on Mighty Robot DVD". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
  10. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. "Cue the Bugle Turbulent". The Believer. Retrieved August 2, 2007. 

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