Lightning Bolt and Knife World at the Triple Rock, 7/15/10

Categories: Last Night
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Lightning Bolt at the Triple Rock
Lightning Bolt and Knife World
July 15, 2010
Triple Rock Social Club

If you weren't able to attend last night's Lightning Bolt show, chances are you still heard it from your house. I have been waiting to see this band for years, and I knew full well what my ears were about to get into. To prepare for the onslaught, I forwent my trademark fedora and donned some noise deadening gun muffs. I even brought some extra earplugs just in case. That turned out to be a very wise decision on my part, and I'll get to that later.

The Seawhores had just finished their set and the room began to buzz with anticipation. People started packing the floor as a spotlight milled about like someone had escaped from prison. At this point the venue had stopped looking like the Triple Rock Social Club, and more like Bikini Bottom. Small chunks of coral were perched on various points of the stage. An electric palm tree stood proudly over a wide array of horns, and then a giant clam shell was hauled into view. We were all about to visit the wonderfully weird universe of Knife World.

How can I even begin to describe this set? The antics. The stage props. The Hitler. Yeah, I'm dead serious. Hitler made an appearance, and it wasn't even the most outrageous thing about the whole ordeal!

Here is how it went down. The band started in the pit with an interpretive dance of sorts, and one by one they made their way to the stage. After all the band members were present, they put on a one act play that depicted a young couple at a restaurant with a gastrointestinally challanged Hitler as the waiter. Right before Hitler injures himself, a naked man-clam emerges to save the day. Just... watch the video (NSFW by the way).

After a few numbers with a full horn section, Knife World asked for a volunteer from the audience and a young man eagerly jumped on stage. I knew something insane was about to him, but I didn't expect faux crucifixion. The volunteer was put on trial and accused of everything from eating all the band's potato chips to sleeping with the lead singer's mother. After being found guilty by a mosh pit jury, he was wheeled off stage.

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Knife World torturing a volunteer from the audience
The music continued but to be honest, I can't really recall what it sounded like. It's not that I wasn't paying attention, I was. There were just so many spectacles going on during the performance that I lost track of the music about three or four "what-the-fuck?!" moments into the set.

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