1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Over the course of its two-decade existence, Lightning Bolt has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. The duo broke the barrier between stage and audience by setting themselves up on the floor in the midst of the crowd. Their momentous live performances and the mania they inspired paved the way for similar tactics used by Dan Deacon and literally hundreds of others. Similarly, the band's recordings have always been chaotic, roaring, blown out documents that sound like they could destroy even the toughest set of speakers. Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt's sixth album and first in five years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson are playing just a few feet away, using the clarity afforded by the studio to amplify the intensity they project. Every frantic drum hit, every fuzzed-out riff, sounds more present and tangible than ever before.
Fantasy Empire is ferocious, consuming, and is a more accurate translation of their live experience. It also shows Lightning Bolt embracing new ways to make their music even stranger. More than any previous record, Chippendale and Gibson make use of live loops and complete separation of the instruments during recording to maximize the sonic pandemonium and power. Gibson worked with Machines very carefully to get a clear yet still distorted and intense bass sound, allowing listeners to truly absorb the detail and dynamic range he displays, from the heaviest thud to the subtle melodic embellishments. Some of these songs have been in the band's live repertoire since as early as 2010, and have been refined in front of audiences for maximum impact. This is heavy, turbulent music, but it is executed with the precision of musicians that have spent years learning how to create impactful noise through the use of dynamics, melody, and rhythm.
Fantasy Empire has been in gestation for four years, with some songs having been recorded on lo-fi equipment before ultimately being scrapped. Since Early Delights was released, the band has collaborated with the Flaming Lips multiple times, and continued to tour relentlessly. 2013 saw the release of All My Relations by Black Pus, Chippendale's solo outlet, which was followed by a split LP with Oozing Wound. Chippendale, an accomplished comic artist and illustrator, created the Fantasy Empire's subtly ominous album art, and will release an upcoming book of his comics through respected imprint Drawn and Quarterly. Brian Gibson has been developing the new video game Thumper, with his own company, Drool, which will be released next year. And, of course, Lightning Bolt will be touring the US in 2015.
Glockabelle is Annabelle Cazes. She plays two Casio VL-Tones, a lyre-shaped glockenspiel with eight thimbles and sings in both French and English.
Her wild sound stems from a combination of inspiration and circumstance. Born to Francophone parents, Glockabelle received an education both stateside and in France. After being introduced to the sound of the Casio VL-Tone by a neighbor in Paris, Glockabelle began blending her classical piano techniques with vintage synth-pop sounds resulting in a hyperactive mixture of rhythm and tone. She also developed a unique approach to playing the glockenspiel: not with mallets but with eight sewing thimbles.
This new sound lead Glockabelle to a 2008 tour with Fiery Furnaces, landing her a set at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. In 2010, Glockabelle composed an original piece for the Paris Cinema Festival which was broadcast in French Cinemas and on national television. She has performed at The Toronto Film Festival, Miami Art Basel, SXSW, The Montreux Jazz Festival, on the Chris Gethard Show, WFMU, opened for James Chance, Kaki King, The Go! Team and Marnie Stern. She opened for Jack White's Raconteurs while touring as a member of the Fiery Furnaces. The New York Times said of her performance on this tour, “Technique in action: The glockenspiel has a new heyday in indie-rock, following a lineage from Phil Spector through the E Street Band through U2’s first album to the Arcade Fire. But I haven’t seen one played the way the Fiery Furnaces did: not with mallets, but with thimbles on fingertips. That can make for more simultaneous notes, more busy metallic pling.”
In 2015, Glockabelle was a featured vocalist on the Go! Team's album The Scene Between with the song "Catch Me on the Rebound."
She released her first EP in May 2015, which was hailed by SPIN as "Anarchic Enchantment" and the A.V. Club as "[showcasing] her art-punk, synth-pop provocateur music with gleeful abandon, while still highlighting her exquisite musicianship. Her 'Wolf BBQ' EP is a collection of mostly unreleased tracks. The result is a collection of equally playful and technically complex tracks filled with surf and punk tendencies, all brought together with her intricate synths and controlled madness."
In June 2015, she toured Europe opening for the Go! Team. In September 2015, she performed at the Toronto International Film Festival as she contributed the soundtrack to the film "Concerning the Bodyguard" which was an official festival selection and narrated by Sir Salman Rushdie.
In January 2016, she opened for the Go! Team across the U.S. And in March 2016, her thimble glockenspiel playing premiered at both Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City as "Concerning the Bodyguard" was an official selection at the New Directors New Films festival.
She completed a tour opening for Kaki King in June of 2016 in the U.S. and Canada.
In December 2016, her work debuted in Japan as her "Gazelle" song was selected as part of an exclusive compilation by the Tokyo-based label Stubbie Records.
In March 2017, she performed as an official artist at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Her journey and performance at SXSW were filmed as part of a two-hour documentary by the NHK Network of Japan which premiered in April 2017.