Lightning Bolt is an American noise rock duo from Providence, Rhode Island, United States, composed of Brian Chippendale on drums and vocals and Brian Gibson on bass guitar. The band met and formed in 1994, when the members of the then-trio attended the Rhode Island School of Design. The band signed to Load Records in 1997, and released their self-titled debut two years later. In total, Lightning Bolt has released five full-length albums, numerous vinyl singles, and appeared on several compilations. Lightning Bolt were listed 8th in Metacritic's Artists of the Decade 2000-09.
Lightning Bolt are known for their guerrilla-style live performances, where they typically play on the ground rather than a stage, with the crowd gathered around them. The band's sound is typically loud and aggressive, though the group cites composers Philip Glass and Sun Ra as compositional influences.