Lightning Bolt @ Broadway Backyard 9/13/08 (more by Leia Jospe)
Lightning Bolt

Jacket Copy: Do you feel the concept of the "record review" is still relevant? Was it ever?

Henry Owings: I've always felt that the more constraints that are put on writers, the less compelling the writing will be. For instance, I wrote for the NME for a nanosecond and was forced to write record reviews of bands like Lightning Bolt and Hot Snakes in less than 100 words. I mean that's like cramming an elephant into a phone booth. But are record reviews relevant? I don't know. I still purchase records the same way I did when I was 16 -- which is to say it's done entirely by word of mouth. I've always considered record reviews to be suspect, but if you need to read them, just read the last sentence because that's the essence of what the writer is trying to convey. Try it sometime, it's a great trick. Trust me. ["The Precarious State of Music Criticism," LA Times]

Lightning Bolt will be returning to the Broadway Backyard, where they played last September, for an afternoon show on Sunday, August 30th (though the venue is listed as "tentative" by Todd P). In that same week, the band will also be performing in Philly and at L.A.'s FYF Fest.

On Octoer 13th, the Providence duo will be releasing the follow-up to 2005's Hypermagic Mountain, Earthly Delights, on Load Records. The label writes that the new disc comes after "scrapping two entire full lengths." Check out the album art and tracklist from that record, with the band's full tour dates, below...

Lightning Bolt
Earthly Delights tracklist
01 Sound Guardians
02 Nation of Boar
03 Colossus
04 The Sublime Freak
05 Flooded Chamber
06 Funny Farm
07 Rain on Lake I'm Swimming In
08 S.O.S.
09 Transmissionary

Lightning Bolt - 2009 Tour Dates
08/29 New Haven,CT TBA
08/30 Brooklyn, NY 979 Broadway Backyard
08/31 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
09/05 Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest Presents Save Our State Parks!