The hardest-working, hottest young rock band in Southern California - Acidic - is at it again! They've just unleashed their highly anticipated new album, Chronic Satisfaction! It's produced by multi-platinum award-winning producer John Ryan (Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, etc) of Chicago Kid Productions. Acidic is currently on tour throughout November 2011 with Warner Drive, in support of the new CD. Their first single off the new album, "Uninspired," is starting to get airplay on FM and internet rock stations.
Acidic first burst onto the scene with the release of their 2010 epic, Getting Lucky -- a record that was produced by the award-winning Australian Wizardz Of Oz team of Andrew Bojanic & Liz Hooper (Jason Mraz, Liz Phair, Avril Lavigne), and helped land the boys on the Hot AC radio charts with their ballad “Maybe.” It was off the steam of “Maybe” that the boys scored opening slots on tours with heavy hitters such as Alien Ant Farm, Hawthorne Heights, Filter, Marcy Playground, and The Higher. They've also toured Kosovo and Germany to play for the troops with Armed Forces Entertainment.
In addition to the tours, the band has also played such prestigious festival gigs as SxSW, the Sunset Strip Music Festival, and Bamboozle Left (main-stage!) – and won the Alternative category in Billboard's 2011 WorldWide Song Contest for their song “Strata Red” (also off of Getting Lucky).
Their live show is something else to behold - with lead singer/guitarist Michael Gossard hailed as their "crazy-ass front man." He routinely breaks the fourth wall with a commanding performance that's interactive with the audience, and he sings like nobody's business! Bass player Ted Dubrawski is the tall blond surfer-dude who turns into a writhing snake onstage. Guitarist/backup vocalist Michael Thompson brings solid support to Gossard, and specializes in the produced behind-the-scenes videos you see on their Youtube page. Drummer Matt Whitaker astounds with muscular percussive explosions in every song. You'd never guess he once faced down childhood leukemia, from age four to age seven.
Musicreview.com has listed Acidic among its "12 Bands to Watch in 2012":
Having already won the 18th Billboard World Song Contest Award, in the Alternative category for their song ‘Strata Red', California's young rockers Acidic will surely be out for more accolades in the year to come.
Musicreview.com liked our new album, too!
"Understand that 'Chronic Satisfaction' also has rich rock tracks rolled into this fattie of an album – the classic rock riffs, nifty fretwork, anthemic vocals (Mike Gossard could very well be Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate) in disguise) and more rhythm than your high school prom of livewires, such as ‘Black Box,' ‘The Brave,' and ‘Ironic Dreams,' are worth the time of any serious rock fan.
So did The Metropolitan:
Chronic Satisfaction features nine songs and some trippy album artwork. It starts off with the single “Uninspired,” a carefree rock anthem with a bass line that makes you want to move. But no track stands out as much as the guitar-heavy “Black Box,” which displays the band's edgy, classic-rock-infused style./
Puregrainaudio.com, which hosted the premiere of the music video of "Uninspired," the first single off Acidic's new album, grabbed it because:
"The song is impressive, with a chorus that will keep you humming all day long. It reminds me a little bit of Nirvana's "Lithium" in the way Gossard performs the vocals and in the angst you can hear in his voice."
Bestnewbands.com cited us as one of the best new bands out of SoCal:
"Gossard's vocals are very distinguishable and between Thompson's slick licks and the foundation layered by Dubrawski's bass and Whitaker's unmistakable drumming, the band has a lot going for it sonically."
About our Billboard award-winner, "Strata Red," The Ripple Effect enthuses:
"Along those lines, 'Strata Red,' is one of the major standout tracks here. Kicking off with a big Bonham intro, the boys barrel headfirst into a rollicking Zeppelin riff that can only be described as totally solid. The guitars drop out for the first vocal verse but come roaring back with a vengeance, chugging and spurting, big and beefy. What we got here are some serious rockers, locked in, and blasting it out with frenzied abandon."
They also spice up their live show with selected popular covers, including the wickedest version of The Beatles' "Come Together" you ever heard or witnessed! And they spend time with their audiences and fans, not just singing and playing in their midst, but connecting personally with them after every show.
Book Acidic for your next event or party. You'll be raucously (rock-ously) glad you did!