As part of our birthday celebrations we are delighted to have the mighty Lightning Bolt performing for us in such a unique space as Vivid. Taking it back to the old school this is a strictly limited capacity show so that we can all re-live the first time the bolt played for Capsule back in 2004 in what is now the theatre space at the Custard Factory, it was an unforgettable show and we’re sure this one will be too, with special guests Tweak Bird whom we saw at SXSW and the ever perplexing Pete Prescription.
Get tickets while you can there are just 150 on sale!
Lightning Bolt emerged from Providence, Rhode Island 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 orgiastic tribalism. The group helped found Fort Thunder, a music and art collective, and recorded a self-titled album which was issued through Load in 1999. By 2001’s Ride the Skies Bharoocha had departed (he eventually formed Black Dice.). This left the vocal duties to Chippendale, who jammed the microphone into his mouth as he drummed. Lightning Bolt did a series of tours with bands like The Locust, Arab on Radar, Orchid, and Melt Banana before returning in 2003 with the studio album Wonderful Rainbow. The album did very well in underground music circles, and set up the release of 2005’s Hypermagic Mountain.
Tweak Bird is a brother duo consisting of Caleb and Ashton Bird. Produced under the helm of Deaf Nephews (Melvins’ Dale Crover and Altamont’s Toshi Kasai), the duo’s debut is a sweeping seven-song intro to a band exploring the depths of heavy experimental, progressive, and psych-infused rock. A sort of musical Armageddon that’s constantly on the horizon, looming. Tweak Bird has played shows with the Melvins, Ancestors, Earthless, and many others.
One half of the marvellous and frightening TeaTowel and the man behind the world’s only and best Happy Hardcore covers band, Pete_Prescription. Expect Krautrock, Melody, Noise or something else entirely.
In Association With … is a new VIVID project to provide access to its space and facilities as a platform for social interaction, engagement and critique. It utilizes the history and role of VIVID as an experimental lab through offering an open and versatile environment for thinking and working. The activity and outcomes are completely governed by its users in the creation of an evolving space for production, dialogue, new collaborations and emerging networks. Through the initiative, VIVID wants to encourage risk taking and showcase a wide array of aesthetics from both the city’s vibrant visual, sound and film culture and far beyond.
In Association With … launched in August 2009 with projects from John Hammersley, Jenine McGaughran and Trevor Pitt. This December VIVID are delighted to welcome Capsule for a fantastic series of events to celebrate their 10th anniversary