Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 pm $13 (advance), $15 *SOLD OUT*
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. OOZING WOUND released their first two Thrill Jockey records, 2013's Retrash and last year's Earth Suck, right here and they make the kids go nuts with their simultaneously hilarious and terrifying blend of heavy riffage, crushing rhythms and piercing screams. Each OOZER cut their teeth in some beloved local bands (CACAW, ZATH, UNMANNED SHIP, BAD DRUGS) and the trio has made quite a name for themselves around Chicago and beyond since those fateful shows. Dropping the weirdness of their previous acts, OOZING WOUND dives straight into intense, repetitive, disorienting, industrial-tinged thrash metal and Earth Suck is a collection of destructive, antagonistic thrash that teeters on the edge of control and collapse. Chicago's MELKBELLY returns to our stage for the first time in TWO whole weeks when they opened for LA's WAND. Coming all the way from Pilsen, the four-piece is a refreshing throwback to thrashy, crunchy noise-rock. MELKBELLY is one of the hottest names in town, bringing devilish grins to all attending whenever their live-as-hell shows go down. Since releasing one of the finest Chicago albums of 2014, Pennsylvania out on Automatic Recordings, they've continuously turned it up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see them in action at tonight's SOLD OUT show.