Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats interview
Where did you formed Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats?
Down the pub in Cambridge.
Not really, I’d say this is the first serious band I’ve been in.
Why Uncle Acid?
I don’t know why I chose it. Its just an obscure name which I’ve grown to like. It’s got a toxic, ’60s counterculture sound to it. If ‘Uncle Sam’ represents governments, the establishment, war and all that crap
then I suppose ‘Uncle Acid’ represents the lowlife street trash. ’60s burn-outs and all those left behind. The hippy nightmare!
Not really. I listen to some obscure bands, but the bands that actually influence me to do anything are pretty well known. Sabbath, The Beatles….everyone likes that stuff. It’s still inspiring.
My imagination. It’s like writing a book. I think of a basic story or theme for an album, then that in turn inspires me to write lyrics. I need to see a bigger picture in order for me to break things down into songs. I probably make things difficult for myself, but that’s just the way it is. Writing normal songs is too hard for me.
Vol 1 is a self released album. What can you say about it?
Well, both albums were self funded and self released. Vol. 1 was more like a demo. I had a load of songs that I wanted to put out just to prove to myself that I could do it. The budget was very low on that one. It was impossible to get good sounding drums with the gear we were using, so we had to either mix the drums right to the back or in some cases use terrible things like drum triggers. I do like some of
the songs on there though.
Somewhere I read you are a fan of exploitation horror films. Pick us a few!
I sometimes enjoy trashy biker exploitation films like Northville Cemetery Massacre and Hell’s Angels 69. In terms of horror though, I prefer classier early ’70s films like Horror Express, Blood On Satan’s Claw or Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde. There’s something about the grainy, gothic atmosphere of those films that I love.
“Blood Lust”, tell us about the recording sessions. What gear do you guys use?
Tweed amps, Fuzz pedals, trash can reverbs, noisy p90 pickups, and ribbon mics. Some of it was old equipment and some of it was new hi-tech stuff with the big computers that they have now. It was recorded during a pretty bleak winter so of course it was cold, snowy and there was a lot of mechanical failure.
again. This band should have been huge.
W.A.S.P. – K.F.D: Yeah, maybe not that obscure but W.A.S.P. rule the world. This album is under appreciated because it sounds like a violent industrial pig slaughter.
I don’t like to plan things so who know what we’ll be doing. Hopefully, we’ll have a new album out by the end of the year, which will definitely be available on vinyl. It’s certainly a better way of listening to music than mp3’s or whatever people use now.
I would love to see you play in Slovenia! We have great avenue for alternative culture called Metelkova…
Well, hopefully one day we’ll make it over there. A little European tour would be nice.
I think it’s fine. I mostly listen to old music but I do enjoy newer stuff like The Devils Blood, Diagonal, Orchid, Blood Ceremony, Danava…I could go on and on, theres so many great bands around. Rock music will never be as big as it once was, but that’s probably a good thing. It belongs in the shadows and in the underground. We’ll let the morons have their X Factor winners and RnB whores. We’re doing just fine down here.
Thanks. We love you all!
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