Photo by Natalja Kent The members of noise rock duo Lightning Bolt: Brian Chippendale and Brian Gibson.
Brian Chippendale, one-half of the two-man noise band Lightning Bolt, is on the campus of the Rhode Island School of Design in his hometown of Providence, supporting the school technicians who are striking for better benefits, when someone recognizes him. They exchange a brief "hey!"
It's not a rock star move. Chippendale may be in a band that was previously No. 8 on the Metacritic "Artists of the Decade 2000-2009" list, but today he's getting more recognition for supporting the cause (his wife is a RISD grad student) and for wearing a headband than for his music. You can be a big man in the world of experimental noise rock. You can even perform with Bjork. That doesn't mean people outside the scene will ever recognize you on the street -- especially if your role involves playing the drums in a knit face mask, which also holds the tinny compact microphone that you sing/shout into.More »