Lightning Bolt

Sunday 5:10–5:50 Green Stage

Lightning Bolt

Sunday 5:10–5:50 Green Stage

For more than two decades Lightning Bolt has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. The Rhode Island 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 inspire paved the way for similar tactics used by Dan Deacon and many 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, the band’s most recent release from 2015, is essentially a 48-minute journey through the depths of smashing snares, crashing symbols, almost-broken bass strings, and deaden wails surrounded by a wall of general noise.