Brian Chippendale is Black Pus. One half of the noise rock behemoth Lightning Bolt, Chippendale has been writing songs on the side for most of the band’s twenty year tenure. He released his 9th full-length as Black Pus, All My Relations, on Thrill Jockey on March 19th and is finally getting the attention he deserves for the effort.
Chippendale’s live drumming shreds any notions you may have had of the instrument to little bits of loose-leaf paper, soaks them in all sorts of bodily fluids, stuffs them into jumbo-sized slurpee straws, and machine guns them back through your brain like silver bullets. What’s even more nuts about a Black Pus show than its Lightning Bolt counterpart, is that Chippendale controls the bass tones through an oscillator connected to his kick drum instead of relying on bassist Brian Gibson to provide the sounds.
In an interview with Tiny Mix Tapes, Brian described Black Pus as a “fresh canvas.” When he and Brian jam nowadays, they frequently run into the problem, “Oh shit, we did that thing about ten years ago.” Pus provides Chippendale the opportunity to “move forward with every little stupid idea that I ever want. I don’t have to bounce it off of anyone…” He also addressed the increasing role of vocals in his music—he’s been trying to “branch out, and again just break down a few more rules that I set for myself…I think I’ve been growing as a vocalist.” For a guy who treats ‘rules’ in music like Beavis and Butthead treat their teachers, this is a promising direction.
Black Pus plays Empty Bottle on Tuesday, May 7th, the fourth date on a tour that leapfrogs across the country in one month. Chi-town thrash experimenters Oozing Wound open, along with a clan of synth-proggers from Michigan, Mounds.
)))) Show starts at 9pm … Tickets are 10 bucks at the door, or 8 bucks in advance, dum dum ((((
~*~ Check out a couple videos of tracks from the new record.”1000 Years” is made up of a series of Brian’s childhood flip-book drawings and “Hear No Evil” is produced by Light Hits (duo of Kelie Bowman & Jessie Rose Vala) and featured on Pitchfork tv oOo ~*~
30 min or so before doors open would probably be safe. We typically don’t like to have a line forming before a show, but we also can’t stop it… Doors open most nights at 8:30pm and we open at 9 on Fridays. Feel free to give us a call if you have any other questions: 773-276-3600
It’s a new year and we’ve announced a shitload of new shows coming to the Bottle this winter and spring. Tickets for all of these shows are on sale NOW, so you should probably definitely go and scoop a few up before you spend all your money on booze and drugs this weekend. Check em out below…
They played the Bottle last night!
Empty Bottle Staff Pick (Round 2): Bearded door man Zach recommends tomorrow night’s Moniker Records showcase, and so can you!
5 great acts, $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Do the maths and don’t be dumb. See you there.
Empty Bottle Staff Pick: Brian says you should come to this Friday’s hip hop showcase - you can see why.
Here’s the video previewing the show. Only $7 - see you there.