Still far from lifting the curtain of mystery or uncovering the veil of uncertainty, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats reveal thoughts on the “Retro” hype and why they don’t see themselves as part of any scene. And it seems there is a fair chance to witness the Acid Coven on stage in the future – so let’s hope it will be in the near future!
Who is Uncle Acid and what are the Deadbeats?
I think Uncle Acid is what happened to Uncle Sam when he came back from the Vietnam war hooked on opiates. The deadbeats are just trash you can find on any street corner or park bench. Its more about the idea than the people that are in the band.
Was it just a co-incidence or a well placed strategy to appear just in time for the big wave of Retro Sounds?
I don’t like the term ‘retro’. To me, this is just how rock music should sound. It’s a classic sound that should not be fucked with too much. Calling it ‘retro’ makes it seem like a joke or as if it was done by a bunch of hipsters. Remember, this is 1950s technology we’re using here. It’s wood, magnets and valves. Theres not a lot that can be done with these tools that hasn’t already been done before, but that doesn’t mean we should all stop using them and start adding computers or whatever else it would take to have a ‘modern sound’! We started in 2009, so I can tell you theres no strategy to be in any scene that may be going on now. I don’t want anything to do with it.
Rumor has it that the vocals on “Blood Lust” are sung by one (at least in Germany) quite famous blonde TV Babe of Dutch origins – your comment about this?
I have no idea what this is about, but I’m going to say it’s true!
(If you’re interested to know what this is about, you may visit THIS LINK to the online issue of German Spiegel Magazin – note: Article in German!)
Any plans to play live in the near future?
In the future, yes. Things will step up a gear when everything is ready. There’s no rush right now. I live out in the sticks and have to rely on the monthly steam train to pass by so I can get to rehearsals down in the big city. It’s no longer a local band. I’m the only one that lives out here. The rest of the band live in places with roads and telephones.
Are you working on new song material allready?
Yes. The way it’s worked out with finding new members means that it will be more convenient to write and rehearse new material than to rehearse old stuff for live shows. We’ll get round to that later. I want to write stuff that can be played live. A lot of the previous material was never really intended to be played live, but obviously people will want to hear it so that’s just something we’ll have to figure out. Some of the songs have keyboard parts for example, but theres not really enough of it in our material overall to justify hiring a keyboard player. So the amount of songs that we can do justice to in a live situation is a little bit limited at the moment!
Is there any connection between Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats and British newcomer Purson lead by the very enchanting Rosalie Cunningham?
We don’t really have connections with anyone. I do like Purson though. Theres obviously a slight connection through Rise Above, but their sound is totally different from ours.
Working Class Factory Dirt or Elite University Library – what are you more familiar with?
Neither and both. I work and I read books. I’m not a part of any class.
Who writes the music and lyrics in Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats?
I write everything. Every band needs an evil dictator.