by Quentin Singer
This past Friday may have been the rainiest, windiest day of the year. It must have been one of the worst days to have a show on – people tend to stay home in these conditions. Given the existing circumstance, I wasn’t the least bit excited to trek all the way out to Allston, and see what I thought would be a pretty empty house show. As I arrived, it appeared as though there were more partygoers than I expected. While it wasn’t a full house, there were definitely a few dozen people there to see Acid Dad and what this Brooklyn rock band had to offer.
I walked out of that Allston basement completely revitalized from the repugnant and damp weather of the day. Acid Dad put on one of the most sheer rock ‘n roll performances I have seen in quite some time. Nothing about their music was underselling itself; they smacked you in the face with this blissful, yet heavy, rock atmosphere. Many of the styles that seem to culminate Acid Dad’s sound stem from garage rock, stoner rock, and even surf rock. The band utilizes all of these elements/styles throughout each song. Whenever a quieter section kicked in, guitar tones would give off this clean, surfy vibe. Specific tracks that project these characteristics are “2Ci” and “Shoot You Down.” As soon as a big chorus came crashing in, these heavy fuzzed out guitars, emulating stoner rock bands like early Black Sabbath were heard. Songs such as “Brain Body” and “Grim” are also perfect in showcasing this effect. Acid Dad has this melting pot of rock n’ roll in their sound, one that takes from so many iconic acts, yet never starts to sound unoriginal.
One of the most intuitive attributes to this band was seeing their unconventional, and even old school, use of effects. While they all used typical rock instruments (guitars, bass, drums, etc), it was the modifications they made to these instruments that added a nice touch to their sound. For instance, the vocals during their live performance have this ‘slap’ delay effect on them, which is very reminiscent of the delay Ozzy Osbourne used on “Paranoid,” and other bands of that 1970s rock generation. Acid Dad also had one of their guitars run through a bass cabinet. In doing so, it created this thicker/heavier sound, ultimately making for these powerful sections in their songs. It was very cool to see a rock band add these unique characteristics to their instruments, making for a more complex and diverse soundscape.
If you consider yourself a rock fan in even the slightest measure, Acid Dad will not disappoint. Trekking over territory from every corner of rock music, from the likes of stoner rock, dream rock, psychedelic rock, and even surf rock, Acid Dad have developed an original sound from the very staples of rock n’ roll itself. Check them out on streaming services/soundcloud, and keep an eye out for their self-titled debut LP due March 9th.
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