Going to see Lightning Bolt at fabulous Churchill's Hideaway tonight.
While it's always good to get out and drink some English beer (maybe I'll even smoke a cigarette or two), I'm not that psyched, I'm finding, somewhat to my own surprise.
Lightning Bolt--a School of Design drum and bass duo who play oddly tuned noise rock at near-deafening volume--are certainly conceptually audacious, and certainly have an innate appeal to me for that very reason. That the bassist has recently taken to playing a five-string bass, or that the band often plays offstage, amongst, and in the midst of, their audience, can only score them additional points with me.
And the Wikpedia article certainly gushes forth.
But at a certain point, you know, you've gotta drop something more than mere audacious concept. Not that I've heard a great deal of Lightning Bolt, but most of what I have heard is kind of inchoate. The song I present for download is quite the jam, I like it very much, the bass and the drums alternating like machine gun fire, or, even better, like Murph and Barlow without the Mascis, yet to this date, it's the only Lightning Bolt song that I've really come to love.*
On the other hand, the band has quite the live reputation, and what the hell, I've been hankering to attend a show, why not tonight?
So we'll see. I was always lukewarm to Oxes until I saw them one night at the Polish American Club; maybe Lightning Bolt will be critically uplifted for me in a similar way.
If I can, I'll come back over the next couple days and post a comment about what the show was like.
Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow - 03 - Dracula Mountain.mp3
192 kbps mp3, up for six weeks (Right click and save as target)
File under: Noise rock
*Although I'd have to guess "St. Jacques" and "Nation of Boar" are pretty good, if not great (Return)