Acid Dad wows the crowd on his Collar City debut

Brooklyn-based alternative buzz group acid daddy brought their “A” game to Troy on Friday, March 4, mesmerizing fans in the new live music venue in Necklace Town, Not funny. Conveniently located along River Street, despite the club’s name, the good times were plenty as the band dropped a heavy dose of their signature psychedelic shoegaze sound; a sonic onslaught of fuzz-infused feedback, groove-heavy bass lines, relevant and catchy lyrics with an atmospheric ’60s-style light show that would have made even a young Syd Barret feel at home.

Acid Dad performs at No Fun in Troy, NY

Consisting of vocalist/guitarist duo Vaughn Hunt and Sean Fahey, drummer Trevor Mustoe and, that night, bassist Zoltán Sindhu, who was doing double duty after opening the show with NYC’s Programmatic, Acid Dad has been riding a wave of steady growth since Vaughn began recording the band’s debut EP in a basement in Bushwick in 2016. During the pandemic, the guys have been making good use of their time by building a new space recording studio in Queens, while continuing to independently produce all of their own music, art, and even build some of their own instruments. The end result was their final LP, ‘take it from the dead‘, which ‘dropped’ last summer on Brooklyn-based Greenway Records and psych-powered LEVITATION label, The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Originally scheduled to perform “No Fun” in early February, Acid Dad finally debuted in Troy on Friday March 4th.and. Performing to a diverse crowd ranging from college students, hipsters, Jane planes, punks, drunks, badass, posers, nerds, frat boys, deadheads, lo-life, of sold-outs, cool dudes, and a few still sort of people in between, Acid Dead’s cross-generational appeal was evident from the start. Contrary to the lyrics in their song “Searchin'” which claim the band are “still stuck in the 70s”, Acid Dad have clearly ingested a multitude of influences that span all eras of music. With a sound reminiscent of influential “do it yourself” indie bands of the late 90s like The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, Acid Dad gradually built on these foundations and gradually developed their own unique twist and more eye-catching on the distorted timeless. guitar-based genre.

Sean Fahey & Zoltan Sindhu with Acid Dad

A block away from Troy’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Acid Dad opened their Friday night set with the single “BBQ.” Featuring an infectious bass-heavy groove matched with a searing twin guitar attack and a totally hypnotic light show, fans dug it from the get-go. Then there were heady renditions of “Brain Body,” “She Only Eats Organic,” and the aforementioned “Seachin’.” By the time Acid Dad hit the opening chords of the “Marine” thought, the band were firing on such hot cylinders. , jackets in the once freezing room were no longer needed. Taking a moment to tune, the slow burn of their self-titled debut album “Dissin'” was next, followed in contrast by the same album’s opener, “Die Hard.”

From there came perhaps the most beloved song of the night, the lead single from their latest release, “RC Driver.” Keeping the energy high with the relentless beat of “Living with a Creature,” the young guitarists really let loose, letting their hair fly while thrashing around the stage and indulging their effects pedals. Another highlight of the night followed one in the form of “Djembe”, where the influence of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, to “Give it Back!” era, could really be heard.

“We lie, we all lie
Because mother Russia does not suffer
We run, we all run
I can’t run, I can’t run
Because mother Russia does not suffer
Mother Russia will not suffer”

But wait sir, sir major
Well I question your priority
Mr., Mr. Major
Well, I question your priority”

lyrics by Mr. Major

Taking a moment to address the audience before the start of the next song, Vaughn Hunt openly spoke about the escalating situation in Ukraine and that despite writing “Mr. Major” five years ago, it has taken on a whole new relevance in recent weeks. As fans quickly realized this could be a moment to capture on their phones, the band then launched into a particularly heartfelt version of it, giving it all that was left in the tank and bringing the series to a close. filming. Despite the diversity within the mixed-collar town crowd, they were unified in their overwhelming approval and pleas for one more song. Glad to oblige, the exciting young band returned for a fitting encore of “Don’t Get Taken.” Afterwards, the hard-working, down-to-earth guys could be seen mingling with fans new and old while selling their wares at the merchandising table.

Acid Dad’s Vaughn Hunt wrote ‘Mr. Major’ five years ago.

Singing songs about everything from drug addiction and dead friends, explicit sex and failed relationships to corporate greed and communism, don’t be fooled by their sleeper name. Acid Dad are for real. Young, passionate, authentic and credible. With a catchy recipe of heavy garage riffs mixed with a bit of punk, post-rock vibes, a dose of new wave and plenty of sprawling sonic distortion, the only thing that tests higher than their potential pH levels is their potential. to become one of New York’s most relevant bands. With a huge spring on the horizon that includes a national tour with Australians Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and a confirmed spot at the ridiculously stacked Shakey Knee’s Music Festival in Atlanta, it looks like the best is yet to come and Acid Dad is still a long way off. have reached its peak. .

Acid Dad | 3-4-2022 Troy, New York | Not funny

set list: BBQ, Brain Body, She only Eats Organic, Seachcin’, Marine, High, Dissin’, Die Hard, RC Driver, Living with a Creature, Djembre, Mr. Major

Bis: Don’t get caught

Elizabeth J. Harless