Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

with Child

Over the last few years there’s been such a resurgence in stoner / doom / fuzz / psych and all the associated genres. With that comes the ‘buzz bands’, some last and some unfortunately disappear pretty quickly and get swallowed up by the countless releases that bombard us. Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats are one of those bands that instantly blew minds when they released their debut album, Volume 1 in 2010 and especially 2012’s follow up full length, Mind Control, which really broke the band internationally. Uncle Acid are in Australia touring to promote their fourth album, The Night Creeper, released this year. They were only last here for Soundwave 2014 but with a mass of new fans since then, punters got down to The Corner Hotel early to soak it all in.

Melbourne’s Child kicked things off. The three-piece have had some massive supports over the last couple of years but even before the night started, the Uncle Acid pairing felt perfectly right. Child get bundled in with doom bands quite a lot, I suspect it’s because they play slower, chilled songs and with moments of distorted warmth creeping out, yet they’re primarily a blues band that strike straight up with a choke hold and reel you in.

For Child, playing is all about emotion and how the room feels, and they’ve got the market of heart felt depth cornered. Singer / guitarist Mathias Northway can bend one note for ten seconds and squeeze out so much emotion, summoning the spirits from bluesman long since gone. The Corner was treated to some new tracks that will be included on their upcoming full-length follow up to be released in 2016.

The band room at The Corner had already been steadily filling during Child’s set, but by the time Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats hit the stage, it was getting tight. The curtains drew back and revealed a wall of sound flying out off the stage like hell’s banshees coming for our soul. Four bright spotlights from above the band drove out into the crowd like an out of control semi mowing us all down. They dropped straight into ‘Waiting For Blood’, the intro track from The Night Creeper.

Their mostly doubled-up high-end vocals soar above some of the sweetest guitar grooves you’ve ever heard and create such a unique atmosphere. Although there are loads of bands blending many similarities in their music, Uncle Acid truly stands out and have second to none song writing skills that would make Iommi’s loins warms and fuzzy.

Some of the song highlights for the crowd were ‘13 Candles’, ‘Murder Nights’, ‘Crystal Spiders’, ‘Vampire Circus’, ‘Withered Hand Of Evil’ and ‘Death’s Door’, possibly the best solid groove song I’ve ever heard live and the most talked about song after their set. People knew Uncle Acid were going to be amazing but it must’ve taken hours to clear out the jaws on the floor at the end of the night.

Uncle Acid blends the sodomised chaos that bled out from the late ‘60s free love scene with the early metal riffs of the ‘70s. When all those sinners addicted to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll burn in fire in the pits of Hades, undoubtedly it will be Uncle Acid headlining the greatest musical orgy Hell has ever seen!

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats set list:
Waiting For Blood
Mind Crawler
Poison Apple
Death’s Door
Murder Nights
13 Candles
Pusher Man
I’ll Cut You Down
Crystal Spiders
Vampire Circus

Melody Lane
Desert Ceremony
Withered Hand Of Evil

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper, is OUT NOW through Rise Above Records.
Child’s self-titled debut is OUT NOW through Kozmik Artifactz.

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