Brian Chippendale is a musician based out of Providence, Rhode Island. Chippendale is best known as the drummer/vocalist for the bands Lightning Bolt (alongside bassist Brian Gibson) and Mindflayer (alongside Matt Brinkman). He also plays saxophone and drums in a solo project called Black Pus.
Brian Chippendale also illustrates his own comic book series, Peanut Butter Ninja, and a number of other one-shot, limited-publication comics.
As a result of playing drums in front of Lightning Bolt's amplification setup, which often exceeds 3000 watts, Chippendale has been reported to have suffered considerable hearing loss. Before its destruction, Brian Chippendale was a member of Fort Thunder, part of an abandoned, pre-Civil War textile factory in Providence, Rhode Island known as a work-space for local, avant-garde artists.
Brian Chippendale grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA, and started drumming with his first band, the Pissants, in 1989.
Chippendale is known for his fast-paced, frantic drumming. In the Peter Glantz and Nick Noe film The Power of Salad, revolving around a string of Lightning Bolt performances across America, Chippendale likens his drumming to his drawing style: "I feel like everything I do has something to do with filling up space. I dunno, almost the way I drum is the way I draw: it's like I'm covering every little space with a beat or a hit or something."
In 2003 Brian played on ar least one occasion with Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore under the label Nuntronix, which seems to be a catch-all moniker for Moore's free improvisation collaborations.
Brian Chippendale also performed drums on Björk's 2007 album "Volta".