BY ERIN MALYSA
PHOTO BY NATALJA KENT
A friend once offered me these sage words of advice before going to see Lightning Bolt live: “Bring earplugs. They are the loudest band I’ve ever heard.” Helping to maximize their eardrum-bursting sonic deluge of ferocious noise is the unusually intimate proximity of the band to the audience, as they erase any stages or barriers and set up shop at floor level. Expect this show to be no different. In fact, Thalia Hall is marketing this set as one of their “Playing In the Round” gigs — which means nothing short of ground floor mayhem with no bad view or sound. This is noise prog rock at its most brutal best.