MINIBOSSES, GAY KISS
1506 NW Grand Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85007
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is all ages
Lightning Bolt emerged from Providence in 1995 as a three-piece art school project. Initially there was Brian Chippendale's explosive, non-stop drumming, Brian Gibson's Contortions-like bass lines, and Hisham Bharoocha's vocals propelling them in a fury of volatile noise and tribal orgy. The group helped found Fort Thunder, a music and art collective, and recorded a self-titled album which is now out of print. Bharoocha left to drum in Black Dice leaving Chippendale with vocal duties. He duly began performing with a microphone in his mouth, the already garbled sound running through a processor which makes his words unintelligible as he pounds his kit. The band recorded only a few singles and laid low in 2000 but returned to the stage with a renewed energy. Their 2001 album, Ride the Skies attempts to capture some of the intensity of their frenzied, post-drum machine sound attack. More important than the idea of traditional songs is the never-ending improvisational patterns between these two skilled musicians and their spontaneous, violent imaginations. "Providence, RI's bass and drums duo Lightning Bolt morphed a Tuesday-night show into a spontaneous street party last week, complete with "balcony seats" on tree branches, cars, and mailboxes, and the average age in attendance thrown off by one thrilled-looking woman in her grandma years." --The Stranger
Minibosses is an independent progressive rock/progressive metal band originally from Northampton, Massachusetts and currently located in Phoenix, Arizona. They are known for their video game music covers, which are instrumental rock variations of the theme music from classic Nintendo video games such as Mega Man, Metroid, and Castlevania. Such covers earned Minibosses the best cover band award in the Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix 2006.
Minibosses have managed to form a following amongst video game music fans, and they allow fans to download many free songs on their website. Much of their following has come from their constant playing of concerts at local clubs around Arizona and other cities in the southwest. Fans refer to themselves as "Minibossies" and are known to travel great distances to see the band. The band has also formed quite a following on their web forums, which is host to tour announcements, new video game covers from other remixers, and the Dwelling of Duels video game music competition.