Boomkat Product Review:
A more concise and direct album than their eponymous debut, Ride The Skies finds Lightning Bolt planting themselves firmly at the vanguard of noise rock, going so far as to make music approaching conventional song structure. Take for example the two-handed tapping euphoria of Brian Gibson's explosive bass on the title track: it's like a quotation of Van Halen's 'Eruption' rerouted through a half-dozen pitchshifting pedals. Levels of recording clarity have been upped too, to the point where you can almost decipher Brian Chippendale's distorted, frantic vocals. Almost. Considering this is an album of tight, blistering rock music, the standard of musicianship is pretty astonishing. These guys go way beyond mere tightness, somehow being able to sound free and inventive at bpm counts most musicians would find prohibitive. Ace.