Brian Chippendale

Brian Chippendale
Background information
Born (1973-07-22) July 22, 1973 (age 48)
Newburgh, New York
Origin Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Genres Experimental music,
noise rock
Occupation(s) Singer,
comic book artist,
poster art
Instruments Drums, vocals
Years active 1994–present
Labels Thrill Jockey, Load Records, Corleone, Bulb, Ooo Mau Mau
Associated acts Lightning Bolt, Mindflayer, Björk, Black Pus, Boredoms, Wasted Shirt

Brian Chippendale (born July 22, 1973)[1] is an American musician and artist, known as the drummer and vocalist for the experimental noise rock band Lightning Bolt and for his graphic art.[2] Chippendale is based in Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

Brian plays an assortment of drums usually decorated with prints he makes himself as well as two ride cymbals he plays as crash rides and a snare drum which is a Ludwig

Early life and education

Chippendale was born July 22, 1973 in Newburgh, New York and was raised in a suburb near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3][4][5] Chippendale is also an artist and attended printmaking classes at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the late 1990s through 2000, but did not graduate.[6][7]


As a vocalist for Lightning Bolt and Mindflayer, Chippendale eschews the usual microphone stand and conventional microphone, instead using a contact microphone. This microphone is then run through an effects processor to alter the sound further. Chippendale often warbles or makes nonsensical sounds into the microphone, so the vocals typically come out extremely distorted and incomprehensible. More recently, Chippendale has used a Line 6 delay pedal to delay and repeat his vocals while drumming.[8]

Chippendale participated as drummer 77 in the Boredoms' 77 Boadrum performance which occurred on July 7, 2007, at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn.

Chippendale performed drums on Björk's 2007 album Volta.[9] He also did a remix for Björk's single "Declare Independence" under the alias Black Pus.

Chippendale is part of the duo Wasted Shirt with Ty Segall, releasing their debut album, Fungus II, in 2020.[10]

Graphic art

Chippendale created the album art for all Lightning Bolt releases.[11] In October 2006, Chippendale released the comic book Ninja, an art book and comic that incorporates simple action comics he drew as a child with more surreal work drawn as an adult.[12] In 2007 he released Maggots, which was drawn ten years previously but had never been released. Maggots is drawn over a Japanese book catalog, so Japanese characters appear in all the spaces that are not inked in by his pen.[13] His next graphic novel, "If n' Oof", was published on June 30, 2010.

In June 2010 an exhibit Fruiting Bodies of Chippendale's artwork opened at the Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn.[14] Since May 2011, Chippendale has published a monthly comic in Mothers News, a monthly newspaper published in Providence, Rhode Island.

In February 2016, Chippendale published another graphic novel with Drawn and Quarterly entitled Puke Force. In 2016, an article entitled "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time" in Rolling Stone magazine ranked Brian Chippendale as number 91.[15]

Chippendale currently shares a large industrial studio space in Providence with his wife, Jungil Hong, which they call the "Hilarious Attic".[16][17] Chippendale and Hong have a son.[2]


Lightning Bolt

Black Pus

  • Black Pus 1 (2005)
  • Black Pus 2 (2006)
  • Black Pus 3: Metamorpus (2006)
  • Black Pus 4: All Aboard the Magic Pus (2008)
  • Black Pus Zero: Ultimate Beat Off (2009)
  • Primordial Pus (2011)
  • Pus Mortem (2012)
  • All My Relations (2013)
  • Black Pus split LP with Oozing Wound (2014)


  • 77Boadrum (2007)

Wasted Shirt

  • Fungus II (2020)


  1. ^ a b "Black Pus". NTS Radio. Retrieved February 1, 2019. Brian Chippendale (born July 22, 1973) is a musician and graphic artist based out of Providence, Rhode Island.
  2. ^ a b Reynolds, Janet (December 28, 2017). "Brian Chippendale: Drummer, Graphic Artist & More". Take Magazine. Retrieved February 1, 2019. While at school, Chippendale met his wife, Korean-American artist Jungil Hong, who was studying ceramics. "We produced a pretty cute little kid," Chippendale says. "So far, he's gotten the best of us."
  3. ^ James-Wilson, Matthew (Fall 2017). "Brian Chippendale". FORGE. Issue 18: Sacrifice. p. 79. Retrieved February 1, 2019 – via Issu.
  4. ^ "Brian Chippendale". Modern Drummer Magazine. Retrieved February 1, 2019. He studied saxophone growing up near Philadelphia
  5. ^ "Brian Chippendale". NetWorks Rhode Island. June 16, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2019. Born in 1973, Brian Chippendale grew up around the Philadelphia area.
  6. ^ "Printmaking". Our RISD. December 12, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Collection: Brian Chippendale". RISD Museum. Retrieved February 1, 2019. Brian Chippendale, b. 1973, American, (RISD student, 1991–2000)
  8. ^ Licht, Alan (January 12, 2005). "Lightning Bolt". The Wire No. 262. The Wire Archive. Archived from the original on February 24, 2007. Retrieved March 21, 2007.
  9. ^ "Volta is the name and the date is..." March 2, 2007. Archived from the original on March 7, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2007.
  10. ^ Greene, Linnie (March 2, 2020). "Wasted Shirt Fungus II". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  11. ^ Sisario, Ben (December 2, 2004). "The Art of Noise". Spin. Archived from the original on June 12, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
  12. ^ Wolk, Douglas (February 14, 2010). "Ninja". Salon. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  13. ^ "Maggots by Brian Chippendale". MadInkBeard. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  14. ^ "2010 Brian Chippendale". Cinders Gallery. Archived from the original on June 8, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  15. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R.; Dolan, Jon; Diehl, Matt; Micallef, Ken; Ma, David; Smith, Gareth Dylan; Wang, Oliver; Heller, Jason; Runtagh, Jordan (March 31, 2016). "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Cougy, Jean Luc. "Providence. Fracas psychédélique au MIAM". En revenant de l'expo ! (in French). Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "Down the Rabbit Hole with Brian Chippendale". The Comics Journal. Retrieved February 8, 2016.

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