September 29, 2012

"The Great Sleep" performed at Pageant Soloveev on July 20th, 2012. Thank you Sophie C. White for filming the performance.

July 15, 2012   2 notes
Next Friday, Acid Kicks will kick out the jams in South Philly at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery located at 607 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia PA 19147. It’s a great time to be a dream punk. We have a whole new set with new songs, new inspirations, and new rhythms. Also,  Spencer Carrow will be joining as our new, finally, consistent drummer. The first gig in a long while with a new line up, which dreams to be seen. See you there hopefully.
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/245452928891300/

Next Friday, Acid Kicks will kick out the jams in South Philly at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery located at 607 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia PA 19147. It’s a great time to be a dream punk. We have a whole new set with new songs, new inspirations, and new rhythms. Also,  Spencer Carrow will be joining as our new, finally, consistent drummer. The first gig in a long while with a new line up, which dreams to be seen. See you there hopefully.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/245452928891300/

May 23, 2012

Sean Hamilton plays bass in Spacin’ with Jason Killinger from Birds of Maya. Here is a really great review of their recent record “Deep Thuds” released last month, from Pitchfork (of all places):

"There’s a Philadelphia band called Birds of Maya, who released two must-listen albums of extremely lo-fi rock’n’roll with plentiful shredding: 2008’s Vol. 1 and 2010’s Ready to Howloffered up guitar riffs that could’ve been lifted from 1970s hard-rock radio, but they sounded smothered, and, in the case of Ready to Howl, were stretched out over 20-minute songs. Both Birds of Maya albums rule, but more importantly, they offer essential context for the band’s two offshoots: Mike Polizze’s Purling Hiss, and most recently, Jason Killinger’s Spacin’.

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February 23, 2012   1 note

"Pyramidic Valley" was played this week on Human Pleasure Radio. You can listen to the podcast here. Human Pleasure Radio is a weekly two hour radio show on Mondays at 6:30pm at RDU 98.5FM in New Zealand.

February 23, 2012   1 note

If you missed the Key session last week, here is the entire recording in all its dreamy luminescent glory!

The Key Studio Sessions recorded with John Vettese, are a live in-studion session at WXPN Studios. Acid Kicks recorded 6 songs as well as an interview with the Key. The radio show aired on February 16, 2012. The tracks can be downloaded individually here: http://thekey.xpn.org/2012/02/the-key-studio-sessions-acid-kicks/

February 21, 2012   4 notes

our buds in Far Out getting even more far-out!

faroutfangtooth:

OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “HEY NOT WITH HIM NOW” OF OF OUR DEBUT LP PURE AND DISINTERESTED (SILTBREEZE RECORDS149)

CHECKOUT OUR SHOW THIS WEEKEND @ lEVEL rOOM
https://www.facebook.com/events/296015897132925/  

(Source: faroutfangtooth)

February 21, 2012   1 note

This is from a legendary performance on July 17th, 2011 when Acid Kicks played with two drummers and three bass players. It was our last show with Alex Zilinski. The song is “Pyramidic Valley”. Performances are by Johann Diedrick (drums), Alex Zilinski (drums), Ben Contois (bass), Sean Hamilton (bass), and Marshall James Kavanaugh (bass).

February 20, 2012   2 notes

Really great review from Noise in the Zen Arcade that follows the train of thought of the dream punk lifestyle.

Noise in the Zen Arcade:

Acid Kicks is a 4 piece psych-punk band from Philly, and they’re fucking great. You might not know it upon first listen, but three of the members play bass. That’s right, three basses and one set o’ drums. One of the bass players sent me a link to their 7”, so here it is in all its glory. The vibe I get from Acid Kicks is similar to that of the Psychic Paramout [see my list for the end of 2011] — punked-out psych rock on a tight, driving rhythm, with lots of room for noise. However, while that band is almost industrial in their rhythmic precision, this band is more melodic in their approach.

The first song, ‘Life Dreams,’ starts out sounding a little like that Pink Floyd song ‘One of These Days,’ but faster (this is punk rock!), with the basses vibing together and colliding in their shiny metallic way. Then the octave-pedal’d bass kicks in with the drums, and suddenly you’re flying on a shoegaze air column. The vocals sway in and out like clouds, and with the same cold intensity.

Probably my favorite development in underground music in the last 20 years has been the constant mixing of punk with noisy psychedelic music, often producing new and exciting results. Acid Kicks call their particular concoction ‘dream punk,’ and they put it like this in a recent article/interview:

There are no limits in dreams. The dreamer can realize her full potential. No obstacles hold her back. “If you’re a lucid dreamer you can figure out how to fly… you can do whatever you want, and there are no consequences,” claims Kavanaugh. The punk, meanwhile, is an always-active, politically charged character who wants the world and wants it now. Merging these two paradigms, the dream-punk is some sort of heroic ideal–an uberhuman capable of doing anything and goinganywhere.

Maybe it’s an attempt to shake off the apathy, to turn the nihilists into dreamers with active motivation. Maybe it’s an escape from the shite reality we’ve got, to bring the dream information over into this world and create our own reality. Maybe those are or aren’t mutually exclusive, but as always, it’s up to you to decide.

You can buy the 7” (or a FLAC copy) from the Acid Kicks bandcamp below (orders come with a hand-made dream catcher for a few extra bucks), as well as download two live sets for free (+pay what you want). The more recent one was reviewed over at Spacerockmountain, so check that out!

Listen to / buy a copy of Life Dreams

February 20, 2012

Drug Punk:

Philly’s Acid Kicks rang in the new year with a sweet live set at the Silk City. This set features songs off the self-titled EP, as well as some sick unreleased stuff.


If you liked the EP I posted back in September, you’ll dig this: deep, heavy bass riffs and sepulchral vox…hot shit.

Listen to, and then buy, it here.

February 16, 2012   1 note

johnvettese:

Acid Kicks “Take My Soul away” The Key Studio Sessions, Feb. 15, 2012